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Farming Forward, a symposium for the public and farmers, is March 7 at North Harford High

Explore the future of agriculture and local food consumerism in Harford County on Saturday, March 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Harford High School.

Learn about new ideas for healthy cooking, be amazed by the innovations that our farmers are practicing to conserve our local ecology, and enjoy a tour of the high school’s farm and research facility. Anyone is welcome.

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Keynote speaker Joe Ligo, Series Producer of Maryland Public Television’s award-winning program, “Maryland Farm and Harvest,” will discuss innovative agricultural practices taking place in Maryland, show clips of Harford County farms, and provide humorous stories about the unexpected situations that occur when filming animals and people.

Four break-out sessions will follow: Homegrown Harford: The Future of Agribusiness and Agritourism in Harford County; A Healthy Future for Our Families: Farm to Table Cooking and Eating; Innovations of Harford County’s Farms: Stewardship and Science; and tours of North Harford High School’s Natural Resources and Agriculture Sciences program and lab.

In the Homegrown Harford session, learn about the innovative ways our local agricultural producers are bringing children, community members and tourists to farms to enjoy the abundance that Harford County has to offer. You’ll be amazed at the activities, event venues, and beverage tastings you, your family and friends can enjoy. And if you are an agricultural producer, you will gain great ideas on new ways to promote your business and products.

In A Heathy Future for Our Families session, learn how to make healthy, delicious and easy meals with locally produced vegetables, cheeses and meats. Vegetarian recipes will also be highlighted. Tastings are included.

In the Innovations of Harford County’s Farms session, experts and local grain producers will dispel myths and discuss their innovative practices, including farm safety, new equipment technologies, use of GPS, precision agriculture, and environmental stewardship practices, such as covercrops, reduced tillage, and animal husbandry practices.

Learn about North Harford’s Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences Program in the final session. Featured on MPT’s “Maryland Farm and Harvest,” learn first-hand about the school’s cutting-edge agricultural and environmental science program and their award-winning student research projects. Led by North Harford High School students, tour the greenhouse, aquaculture lab, barn (meet Molly the fistulated cow), the experimental chestnut groves and more. If you know of any potential high school students who are considering applying to the program, please bring them along.

Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance at tickets.harford.edu by March 6. A light breakfast buffet and lunch buffet by Laurrapin Caterers, featuring local agricultural products, is included in the ticket price. The inclement weather date is March 14.

The symposium is hosted by the Farmers and Community Partnership of Harford County. In addition to Harford Community College and North Harford High School, sponsors include Harford County Government, Harford Soil Conservation District, Healthy Harford, and the Harford County Farm Bureau.

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The lecture is part of Gathering at the Community Table, Harford Community College’s Scholar- in-Residence program.

North Harford High School is located at 211 Pylesville Road in Pylesville.

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