Cen­tury Farm Pro­gram honors Shore fam­i­lies

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AN­NAPO­LIS — The fol­low­ing farms on the Mid-Shore were rec­og­nized by Gov­er­nor Larry Ho­gan at a cer­e­mony for the Mary­land Cen­tury Farm Pro­gram on Jan. 17 in An­napo­lis.

Tri-Cen­ten­nial Farm Ben and Paige Til­gh­man. The Her­mitage. Cen­tre­ville, Queen Anne’s County.

The Her­mitage was granted to the Til­gh­man Fam­ily by Charles Calvert in 1658. The orig­i­nal par­cel con­sisted of 400 acres and has grown to 879 acres with half of the land in grain crops and half in tim­ber. The orig­i­nal farm­house no longer stands how­ever the cur­rent home dates back to

1780. Along with this the farm has many build­ings dat­ing back to the late 1800s in­clud­ing var­i­ous ten­ant houses, sta­bles, corn cribs, and an ice house. The farm en­tered into the conser va­tion ease­ment pro­gram run by the Mary­land En­vi­ron­men­tal Trust in 1977.

Bi-Cen­ten­nial Farm Frances and John R. Quinn. Hick­ory Ridge Farm. Massey, Kent County

Frances and John R. Quinn cur­rently re­side on the 282-acre farm. Sa­muel John­son, great, great grand­fa­ther of Frances Quinn, pur­chased the land in 1787. The orig­i­nal farm­house, built in 1888, still re­mains and is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion. The farm also in­cludes two im­ple­ment sheds, a pig house, a dairy barn and a milk house. Crops raised on the farm in­clude corn, wheat, soy­beans, pota­toes, bar­ley as well as cat­tle. They Quinn’s also have 11 acres of wood­lands.

Cen­ten­nial Farm David Wil­liams and Mar­garet Ann Rogers, Fluharty’s De­sire, Pre­ston, Caro­line County.

David Wil­liams and Mar­garet Ann Rogers own the 49-acre grain farm, Fluharty’s De­sire. The Rogers’ daugh­ter Heather Fisher lives on the farm with her hus­band and two chil­dren. The fam­ily pur­chased the farm in 1876. The orig­i­nal home, built circa 1881, was added onto the farm in 1918 and 1975 and is in good con­di­tion. Crops grown on the farm in­clude can­taloupe, wa­ter­melon, cu­cum­bers, toma­toes, wheat, bar­ley, soy­beans, corn and sweet corn. Live­stock raised in­clude steers, horses, milk cows, pigs, chick­ens, and ducks. They par­tic­i­pate in the cover crop and feed grain pro­grams.

John and Anne Shults, Shults Farm, Hen­der­son, Caro­line County

John and Anne Shults cur­rently own the 77 acre farm. John’s grand­fa­ther, John T. Shults, pur­chased the prop­erty in 1908. The house, built in 1981, var­i­ous barns, and 25 acres were sold to a young farmer to help him get es­tab­lished in farm­ing, while John, Anne, and John’s mother live across the street and con­tinue to grow crops and man­age the rest of the farm, with the help of their son-in-law. Crops grown on the farm in­clude hay, corn, wheat, soy­beans, for­age, and sweet pep­pers. Live­stock raised in­clude milk cows, beef cat­tle, and chick­ens. The fam­ily has par­tic­i­pated in soil and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion and has met all re­quired good man­age­ment prac­tices.

Franklin and Mar­garet Robin­son, Robin­son Home Farm, Mary­del, Caro­line County

Franklin and Mar­garet Robin­son, cur­rently re­side on the 99 acre farm. Franklin’s grand­mother orig­i­nally pur­chased the land in 1899. The orig­i­nal farm­house, built circa 1775, is still in use. Ad­di­tional build­ings on the farm in­clude a meat house c.1948, corn crib c.1958, hog pen c.1960, cow shed c.1961 and var­i­ous other barns. Crops grown on the farm in­clude corn, soy­beans, wheat, al­falfa, hay, pep­pers cu­cum­bers, toma­toes, peas, sweet corn, and string beans. Live­stock raised in­clude beef and dairy cows, hogs, and chick­ens. The farm owner par­tic­i­pates in the cover crop pro­gram, Mary­land Ag Land Preser­va­tion Foun­da­tion, and var­i­ous other best man­age­ment prac­tices. Ad­di­tion­ally, they were named the Caro­line County Soil Con­ser­va­tion Co­op­er­a­tor of the Year in 2006.

Cur­tis Eberspacher, Draw­bridge Farm, Cam­bridge, Dorch­ester County

Cur­tis Eberspacher is the 4th gen­er­a­tion to own the 357 acre farm. Orig­i­nally, the farm oper- ated as a dairy farm un­til the early 1960s. Now a ma­jor­ity of the farm acres are en­rolled in the Con­ser­va­tion Re­serve En­hance­ment Pro­gram through USDA-NRCS.

El­iz­a­beth Han­d­ley-Nagel, Kue­bler Farm, Vi­enna, Dorch­ester County

El­iz­a­beth (Libby) Han­d­leyNagel and Chris­tian Nagel cur­rently own and op­er­ate this 220 acre farm where they grow corn, wheat, and soy­beans. El­iz­a­beth’s great-grand­fa­ther, Karl Kue­bler, orig­i­nally pur­chased the farm in 1906. The farm uti­lizes many best man­age­ment prac­tices such as cover crops and con­ser­va­tion tillage prac­tices. In 2005, Chris and Libby re­ceived the “Out­stand­ing Co­op­er­a­tor of the Year” award from the Mary­land As­so­ci­a­tion of Soil Con­ser­va­tion Dis­tricts. Ad­di­tion­ally, in 2006 they re­ceived the “Out­stand­ing Agri­cul­tural Prac­tices Award” from the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Pro­gram.

Wil­liam and Dar­lene Goehringer, Pop’s Old Place Farm, Hur­lock, Dorch­ester County

Dar­lene Goehringer owns and op­er­ates the 70 acre farm. Dar­lene’s great grand­fa­ther, Gus­tave Goehringer pur­chased the farm in 1906. Crops grown on the farm in­clude sweet corn, wheat, soy­beans. The farm par­tic­i­pates in the cover crop pro­gram and im­ple­ments other best man­age­ment prac­tices.

Mary Helen Lar­ri­more-Wolfe, Se­cu­rity Ne­glect Farm, Cen­tre­ville, Queen Anne’s County

Mary Helen Lar­ri­more-Wolfe owns the 193-acre farm that was bought in 1908 by her grand­fa­ther, James Harry Lar­ri­more. She cur­rently lives in the orig­i­nal house, which was built just one year af­ter the pur­chase of the farm. The farm cur­rently in­cludes crop­land, flood­plain/wet­lands, and wood­land. Crops grown on the farm in­clude corn, soy­beans, wheat, r ye, les­pedeza, veg­eta­bles, and fruit trees. Live­stock raised on the farm in­cludes guineas, cows, pigs, steer, rab­bits, chick­ens, tur­keys, and ducks. The farm has also been used for its or­chards, fruit and nut trees, su­gar corn, and forestry, and con­tains a num­ber of his­tor­i­cal build­ings such as a brooder house and smoke­house.

Joseph Ge­orge Tay­lor Jr., Cherry Blos­som Farm, Church Hill, Queen Anne’s County

Cur­rently the 261 acre small grain op­er­a­tion is owned by Joseph Ge­orge Tay­lor, Jr. The farm was pur­chased in 1900 from the James Cop­page Es­tate. The house was built in 1910 and var­i­ous barns are still on the prop­erty. In ad­di­tion to grow­ing small grains, the farm man­ages 6 poul­try houses for Moun­taire Farms, and runs a small pro­duce stand in the sum­mer months. The farm owner also owns and op­er­ates Cherry Blos­som Farms Hunt­ing — a small game hunt­ing busi­ness that in­cludes duck, geese, deer and tur­key. The farm owner par­tic­i­pates in the cover crop pro­gram, Mary­land Agri­cul­tural Land Preser­va­tion Foun­da­tion, and var­i­ous other best man­age­ment prac­tices.

Phil and Lois MacDon­ald, Kitty’s Cor­ner Farm, Cor­dova, Tal­bot County

Hans and Helen Schwarten and Phil and Lois MacDon­ald live on and op­er­ate the 85-acre farm, pur­chased in 1907 by Julius Schwarten, Lois’s grand­fa­ther. The fam­ily cur­rently grows bar­ley, soy­beans, hay and pas­ture. Live­stock raised on the farm in­clude dairy cows, sheep, hogs, chick­ens, mules, horses, and geese. The farm has also grown sweet corn and pump­kins. The fam­ily par tic­i­pates in the fed­eral Con­ser­va­tion Stew­ard­ship Pro­gram, Conser va­tion Reser ve En­hance­ment Pro­gram, cover crop, and nu­tri­ent man­age­ment pro­gram and has in­stalled numer­ous best man­age­ment prac­tices.

Don­ald Cober and Mary Ann Miller, Sum­mer­ton Farm, Wittman, Tal­bot County

Sib­lings Don­ald B. Cober and Mary Ann Miller cur­rently own the 350-acre farm, where Don­ald lives in the orig­i­nal brick home, built circa 1690. Don­ald and Mar y Ann’s great-un­cle, Al­lan W. Beach­ley, pur­chased the orig­i­nal 400acre farm in 1908. Work on the farm con­sists of rais­ing chick­ens, hogs and sheep along with main­tain­ing a Hol­stein dairy herd. It also in­volves grow­ing toma­toes, corn, soy­beans, wheat, mak­ing hay and butcher­ing. The farm has also been uti­lized for tim­ber­ing. The farm par­tic­i­pates in the Con­ser­va­tion Re­serve Pro­gram and Con­ser­va­tion Re­serve En­hance­ment Pro­gram and has im­ple­mented numer­ous best man­age­ment prac­tices.

PHOTO BY JOE ANDRUCYK

Fluharty’s De­sire, Caro­line County

PHOTOS BY JOE ANDRUCYK

Robin­son Home Farm, Caro­line County

Shults Farm, Caro­line County

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