Things just keep getting weirder: catastrophic weather events, labor drama, and volatile input prices. What’s a farmer to do?

Access my 30 years of market farming expertise

I started growing vegetables at age 17. I farmed for 30 years at Potomac Vegetable Farms in northern Virginia where I grew 10 acres of vegetables, herbs and cut flowers, along with 10 acres of soil building cover crops; managed hundreds of people over the years, while grossing $42,000 per cash crop acre.


You will spend 16 hours with a group of 12-14 peers – all market farmers who have been at this for at least 6 years. Learn from each other about crops, growing practices, pest & weed control, rotations, marketing, sales tips, labor management and more.

I’ve been on Lots of Farms!

Over the last 10 years I’ve had the opportunity to visit and consult with growers around the country. I’ve got data, photos, and anecdotes to share about how they’ve surmounted obstacles, and cultivated opportunities.

Sit Down and Think about Your Business

Take some time out of the field to work on your business, instead of in your business. This is YOUR time.

It’s time for you to get some new ideas, and who better
to ask than your successful farming peers!

It’s time to make some
changes on your farm.
You know it and I know it. Join me and a group of farmers so you can get new solutions to production, business management and labor efficiency problems on your farm.

December 5-7, 2023 |
$1050-$1200 per person
(depending on your lodging option)

Hosted by Ellen Polishuk -

Nationally knowN Consultant, speaker Author of Start Your Farm
Farmer to Farmer Profile Columnist in “Growing for Market”


Chief Wrangler of 3 Market Farmer Masterminds!

My farm business made major changes as the result of the Experienced Organic Farmers network that I took part in way back in 2003. That significance of that event inspired me to create this Mastermind experience for other market farmers. The Market Farmer Mastermind is only for growers with 6+ seasons of commercial vegetable farming experience. This is a unique group experience. There are only 14 spaces total. Farmers will be chosen through an application process. This will be the fourth MM event, and I am excited to share this experience with you. 

The single most influential learning event in my 30 years of
farming was participating in an immersive peer group experience.

This is your chance to get that same game changing event for yourself and your farm.
Hear What A Few Farmers Have To Say About Previous Masterminds:

“I left the mastermind group with an aching brain and a full heart. Thank you for the opportunity!”
– Katie Harris

Farmer at Full Earth Farm

“Anytime you have the opportunity to spend a solid two days picking the brains of fantastic farmers, take it. Add the ability to have it moderated and enhanced by an expert like Ellen, and you’d be insane to pass it up!”
– Mike Protas

Farmer, One Acre Farm

“It was great to meet a diverse group of growers and have detailed and appropriate conversations. It’s really hard to connect with other farmers especially during the busy season. It was great to brainstorm together during the pause between this season and next. I feel like the connections we made were genuine and I will be able to reach out to this team for future ideas as well.”
– Mastermind Farmers


Farm Tour at Moon Valley Farm in nearby Woodsboro, MD.

Tuesday, December 5th  1:00-3:00

we’ll head up to Zigbone Retreat Center after the tour to begin our Main Event at 4:00


What is a Mastermind anyway?
It’s a group of peers, usually entrepreneurs in the same industry, that gather to help each other solve problems, share successes and generally push all further towards their goals. Here are the event details:
When & Where

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday December 5-7 , 2023

At Zigbone Retreat Center in Sabillasville, Maryland (75 mins from BWI airport)

The event starts at 3pm on Tuesday and ends Thursday at 2pm. We will share all our meals (catered!) and sleep there at the Lodge. Our meeting agenda will emerge from a survey of the attendees. To find out more, please send me an email. To apply, please click the button below.

Join Me at Market Farmers
Mastermind 4.0!

What to expect:

  •  A two day retreat in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains in Sabillasville, MD
  • Relaxing in the evenings in a gorgeous cozy setting.
  • Gathering for 16 hours of group work. Ellen will facilitate the meetings. The group will greatly influence the topics discussed via a pre-Mastermind survey.
  • All meals are provided.



  • Check-in 3:00 PM
  • Round One = Each farmer has 15 mins to introduce themselves 4:00PM
  • Dinner 7PM


  • Breakfast 7:00
  • Morning Session 8:30
  • Lunch at Noon
  • Afternoon Session 1:30
  • Dinner at 7


  • Breakfast 7:00
  • Morning Session 8:30
  • Lunch at Noon
  • Check-out at 2:00

Pricing and Accommodations

Base Cost is $900, which covers the event, facilitation and all meals. 

Lodging Options are as follows, price is for both nights. Photos below in order of the room type.

En-suite private room with bath (only one available for any farm couple!) = $400 

Private room with shared bath (4 rooms available, 2 w/queen bed, 2 w/2 twins which could be a king) = $300 

Shared room with shared bath (2 different bunkrooms, 4 beds in each, all twin beds) = $150

                                     Covid Situation

Nobody wants to get covid at our meeting. Let’s all be a little careful the days before we meet, so that we keep each other safe. I request that all participants take a rapid test before hopping on a plane or starting to drive to the event. If the test is positive, please stay home! I will offer a partial refund at that point.

On-site, masking will not be required. It is your choice. We will be in the same rooms and sharing meals the whole time.