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Something’s Brewing on the Farm

Something’s Brewing on the Farm

Located just five minutes off of I-95, the Hopkins Farm Brewery sits on a 400-acre family farm that makes you feel as though you’re a world away from the bustling traffic of the interstate. The brewery uses the grains that the Hopkins family grow to make their fresh...
Farming is Closer than You Think

Farming is Closer than You Think

Black Butterfly Urban Farmer Academy launched last year to create an opportunity for locals to farm using organic, sustainable and regenerative practices. This may sound like a typical thing to do out in the country, but what about in Baltimore City?“There are...
It’s a Family Affair in Queen Anne’s County

It’s a Family Affair in Queen Anne’s County

The Eck family emigrated to Baltimore from Germany in the mid-1800s. Elmer T. Eck and Sons was established in 1952 when the family purchased 750 acres of land in Queen Anne’s County. Carl Eck and his wife, Doris, worked with his sister, Dorothy Eck Higgs, and her...
Farming Beyond the Fields

Farming Beyond the Fields

Jennie Schmidt is a registered dietitian turned farmer. She married into agriculture when she said, “I do” to her husband, Hans. She is now a full-time farmer and advocate for the industry.“I married into the farm and made farming my second career. I developed a love...
Oh, Deer! Don’t Eat My Crops!

Oh, Deer! Don’t Eat My Crops!

When people see deer in their yard or when driving by an open field, the usual reaction is, “How cool. Deer!” But, that’s not the response you’ll get from most farmers.“Other than rainfall, deer are the single largest yield-limiting factor on our farm,” says John...