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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...
Helping Farmers Manage Their Mental Health

Helping Farmers Manage Their Mental Health

Farming has been referred to as the “most noble employment of man.” So you may be surprised to learn that farmers are 30% more likely to die by suicide than any other profession. A few years ago, Danielle Farace, executive director of the Maryland Soybean Board, was...
Conservation Practices Protect Maryland’s Natural Resources

Conservation Practices Protect Maryland’s Natural Resources

When the Warrings bought their Charles County farm in 2009, they set out to leave it better than they found it. Persistence Creek Farm demonstrates how their farming and forestry practices can benefit Maryland’s natural resources.“We focus on caring for our soil,...
Local Maryland Gifts Make the Season Bright

Local Maryland Gifts Make the Season Bright

The Christmas season is upon us. And, no doubt, you’ll be dashing to find the perfect gifts for friends and family. To find something extra special, think beyond the mall and online retailers and shop local. Many farmers markets as well as small businesses, like...