Welcome to the Baltimore Region! 

The Farm-Based Education Network's 7th Conference is around the corner, and we are thrilled to call Baltimore our host city! Baltimore has often been described as a tale of two cities, with enormous disparity and disinvestment in predominantly black and brown neighborhoods, and extraordinary wealth in others. From the Inner Harbor to the inner city, beauty and blight coexisting in the same place. There is an ever-growing urban agriculture movement, and the state of Maryland has a wide diversity of commercial and family farms and farmers. I come from many generations of farmers in Zimbabwe, and the past  twenty years in my adopted home of Maryland, have led me to believe that good things always come from working together. At FBEN our mission is to inspire, nurture and promote farm-based education. Across the state of Maryland and the United States, that will look different. Old and new communities alike are restoring the earth, and learning and renewing community through farms. I look forward to seeing you in November 2019, and I am inviting you all to be part of that journey.  


- Tafadzwa(Taffy) Gwitira

Assistant Conference Coordinator 


Photo: Real Food Farm, Baltimore, MD

Local Things to Do

Light City, a free festival of light, music and innovation, returns to Baltimore in its fourth year Friday, November 1-Saturday, November 10, 2019. It will feature a Light Art Walk at its center with awe-inspiring light art installations, performances, a fun-filled family zone, and Neighborhood Light events throughout Baltimore. 

At the same time, the Baltimore Book Festival is running November 1 - 10th. This celebration of literary arts features author appearances, booksignings, exhibitor and bookseller tents, readings on multiple stages, children's activities, and cooking demonstrations. 


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Shelburne Farms is the coordinating organization for the Farm-Based Education Network 

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