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.
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:
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.
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).
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.