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Farm Academy

Farm Acad­emy is an infor­mal edu­ca­tional pro­gram. On Farm Acad­emy days, farm­ers explain var­i­ous kinds of farm­ing oper­a­tions, rang­ing from live­stock to crops, pro­duce and nurs­eries. Each is a three-hour ses­sions, offered free on Sat­ur­day morn­ings to par­tic­i­pants of all ages.

Jamie Brown, one of the 2015 Farm Acad­emy farm­ers, com­mented: “We want to open the farm to our com­mu­nity to edu­cate our neigh­bors and peo­ple through­out Howard County about what farm­ing really is. Many peo­ple don’t under­stand all the facets of agri­cul­ture, and the only way we can edu­cate them is by invit­ing them in to ask ques­tions so they can become more aware of what we do.”

There have been 5 Farm Acad­emy days. When more are planned, they will be posted to this web­page. Please con­tact Kristal McCormick of the Howard Soil Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict at 410−313−0680 or KMcCormick@howardcountymd.gov if there are any questions.

County Executive Announces New Farm Academy

The Fall 2016 Farm Acad­emy sites were:

Her­itage Hill Farm

2790 Flo­rence Road, Wood­bine, 21797

Located in Wood­bine, Mary­land, this 22 acre farm is not your typ­i­cal oper­a­tion. Keith raises her­itage breeds of beef cat­tle, pigs, geese, rab­bits, goats and sheep as well as bees. He uses what the land has to offer, man­ag­ing it along with his ani­mals, to cre­ate the opti­mal sce­nario with­out chem­i­cal fer­til­iz­ers and pes­ti­cides. Key­lines have been installed to man­age the land using the avail­able water. Inten­sive rota­tional graz­ing is used for the live­stock. Her­itage Hill Farm is def­i­nitely one of a kind.

Breezy Wil­low Farm at Hop­kins Spring

15307 Fred­er­ick Road, Wood­bine 21797

This small, fam­ily run spe­cialty farm uses sus­tain­able respon­si­ble grow­ing meth­ods and has for the past 30 years. Breezy Wil­low Farm raises chick­ens, sheep and alpacas. They grow veg­eta­bles, berries, flow­ers, and herbs. Breezy Wil­low com­bines their pro­duce with that of other farms to pro­vide a vari­ety to mem­bers of their CSA. On a weekly basis, Breezy Wil­low donates extra pro­duce to the Howard County Food Bank. More infor­ma­tion can be found at www.breezywillowfarm.com

The 2015 Farm Acad­emy sites were:

TLV Tree Farm

15155 Tri­adel­phia Mill Road, Glenelg, 21737

This farm has been in the Brown fam­ily for over a cen­tury. They pro­vide not only Christ­mas trees, but farm-raised meats, includ­ing chicken, beef and pork, as well as pump­kins, straw­ber­ries and veg­eta­bles. They sell straight from the farm and par­tic­i­pâté in Howard County Farmer’s Mar­kets. TLV also has a Com­mu­nity Sup­ported Agri­cul­ture (CSA) pro­gram where peo­ple can buy shares of veg­eta­bles, meats or eggs. Through the years the fam­ily has installed numer­ous agri­cul­tural best man­age­ment prac­tices to pro­tect nat­ural resources.

Cen­tral Mary­land Research & Edu­ca­tion Cen­ter (CMREC)

4240 Folly Quar­ter Rd, Elli­cott City, MD 21042

Clarksville is cur­rently home to the Uni­ver­sity of Maryland’s dairy research herd. The herd is com­prised of 75 milk­ing and dry cows and 80 replace­ment heifers. Also located on the farm is an equine research unit, set-up to resem­ble a small equine farmette. CMREC works with the Soil Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict as well as the resources through the Uni­ver­sity to imple­ment agri­cul­tural best man­age­ment prac­tices (BMPs).

Gor­man Farm

10151 Gor­man Rd, Lau­rel, MD 20723

Gor­man Farm uses organic farm­ing prac­tices to offer more than 100 vari­eties of veg­eta­bles to their Com­mu­nity Sup­ported Agri­cul­ture (CSA) pro­gram par­tic­i­pants. They also have pick your own straw­ber­ries, pump­kin and Christ­mas tree sales. In just six grow­ing sea­sons, Gor­man Farm has gone from 2.5 acres to 25 acres of crops. Dur­ing this short time they have imple­mented agri­cul­tural BMP’s such as con­ser­va­tion cover, grassed water­ways. and inte­grated pest management.


Green Tip

Buy local.It’s fresher: Produce shipped from outside the country travels up to two weeks before it arrives in grocery stores.