Contact: Christine Bergmark, Executive Director, Southern Maryland
Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) or (301) 274-1922 / Ext. 1

November 23, 2015

Produce Wholesalers – Enhancing Wholesale Produce Distribution in So. Maryland December 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) will host a meeting for wholesale producers/famers to discuss potential for enhancing the wholesale distribution of Southern Maryland produce on Monday, December 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

We will be discussing:

  • The new USDA ‘Group GAP’- starting April 3, 2016. This program makes GAP certification more accessible to small and medium size producers by allowing multiple growers to work together to obtain a single certification (as a group) and cost-effective means to adhere to ongoing GAP requirements.
  • Wholesale distribution through the proposed Southern Maryland Food Center: Supplying Metro markets and beyond – what are your needs?
  • Selling to local school systems – tell us what you think you need to develop a wholesale channel that benefits/incentivizes producers. What hasn’t worked and how can we move forward in 2016 – let’s hear your suggestions.
    A light dinner will be served at the meeting which will be held at the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland Board Room, 15045 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville 20637.
    RSVP’s are requested by Thursday, December 10 (to insure we have sufficient food for everyone). To register sign up HERE, or call SMADC staff at: (301) 274-1922, Ex. 1, or email:
The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is committed to: a) a market-driven and sustainable farming future as Maryland transitions away from tobacco. b) a Maryland where farmland preservation, and environmental stewardship positively impact the quality of our air and water and c) cultivating awareness among consumers and leaders of the vital role our farms play in a balanced community, safe, nutritious food and a cleaner and healthier environment. To learn more about additional programs and resources, contact SMADC, P. O. Box 745, Hughesville, MD 20637; phone: 301-274-1922, Ex. 1, fax: 301-274-1924; email; or visit
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