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Special Events

Throughout the year there are many agricultural special events for the public and members of the farming community. Please click the title of the event to learn more information about it. 

Central Maryland Women in Agriculture Forum Women in Ag

This forum is committed to offering educational and networking opportunities to women interested in improving their business skills and quality of life by providing leadership, learning experiences, and support to empower them to not only compete but thrive in the challenging and complex industry of agriculture.

Hosted by the HCEDA at the Howard County Fair Grounds
Held in March of each year. Make a Reservation Now. 

Howard County Iron Chef Cook-OffIron Chef

The Howard Iron Chef Cook-off was held at the Howard County Fairgrounds during the Howard County Fair. This event features local celebrity chefs and dishes made with local produce.

Hosted by the HCEDA at the Howard County Fair Grounds
Held During the Howard County Fair

Howard County Fair
Howard County Fair

The Howard County Fair was created for the display and competition of agricultural and horticultural products; horses, cattle, livestock,domestic animals, poultry, domestic arts and manufactures, farming and gardening implements and machinery and all things relating to the cultivation of the soil and products.

Held at the Howard County Fair Grounds
Held in August of each year

Howard County Film FeastivalLoveDove Tabel

The Howard County Film Feastival at Clark's Elioak Farm is held to kick off Howard ­­­­County Farm2Table Restaurant week. The event features stands from area restaurants, providing samples of the food made from locally grown produce that they will be featuring during the upcoming week. A mini farmers market is also held, letting event goers sample area produce and connect with the farms that produced them. When the sun begins to set a movie is shown on an outdoor screen.

Held at the Clark's Elioak Farm
Held at the start of Howard County Farm2Table Restaurant Week

Buy Local Week  Buy Local Logo

Challenge to eat one item from a local farm each day.  

Howard County GreenFest GreenFest Logo

At this annual event in April you can learn about composting and how to build a rain barrel, learn about soil testing and fertilizing your yard, how to keep bees, and other activities. Also, you can donate old clothes, shoes, and electronics, and have documents shredded.

Held at Howard Community College
Held in April of each year

Farm City Celebration

Held in Late SeptemberFarm City 2011

Over two weeks in late September, early October visit local farms, public libraries, and farmers markets to enjoy family friendly activities and food from the Howard County farming community.

Held by the HCEDA at various locations in Howard County
Held annually for 2 weeks at the end of September, beginning of October

Howard County Farm Heritage Days West Friendship

September 29-30, 2012

Vintage farm equipment demonstrations, antique cars and trucks, music, demonstrations by the Maryland Draft Horse and Mule Association, lawn mower races, a rodeo, and other activities.

Held by the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club at the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum

Held Annually at the End of September

Howard County Farm Bureau Events Columbia Farmers Market

A calendar of events from September to November from the Howard County Farm Bureau.




Grants and Financing

A resource to find out more information on State, Regional, and National loans and grants for farms.

Diversification Ideas

Don't put all of your eggs in one basket. Diversifying your farm's production is a great way to grow your business - and meet increasing consumer demand for fresh foods.