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Aliabaad Farm Recognized as 2013 Washington County Farm of the Year

Third annual award honoring agricultural heritage and farm families in Washington County 

Hagerstown, Md. (December 20, 2013) – The Washington County Department of Business Development, Agricultural Business Development is pleased to announce Aliabaad Farm, located in Sharpsburg, Maryland, is the recipient of the 2013 Washington County Maryland Farm of the Year award. 

Established May 2007, Aliabaad Farm is a produce operation with registered free range eggs, grass fed dairy goats, sheep and cattle. The farm specializes in Customer Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Farmers Markets. With a recent expansion, farm-goers will find a Visitors Center and Farm Stand located on the property open for the convenience of local residents. In advance of spring, Aliabaad is now accepting applications for the 2014 CSA program. Early bird prices are as follows:

Weekly Membership:                $650 (May 2014 to October 2014)

Weekly Membership:                $550 (June 2014 to September 2014)

Bi-weekly Membership:            $475 (May 2014 to October 2014)

Winter CSA:                              $400 (Nov 2014 to end of Jan 2015)

Extended Season:                     $950 (May 2014 to end of Jan 2015)

In the future, Aliabaad Farm plans to build the necessary infrastructure to provide a four season operation in response to customer demand for fresh produce year round.  Walking paths and benches will be installed to maximize the visitor experience. A 10-acre plot is anticipated for grape production and more historical elements will become part of the Alibaad Farm experience featuring President Abraham Lincoln who visited the farm numerous times during the Civil War.

As this year’s winner, Aliabaad farm will receive a portrait/video session, plaque, an outdoor farm sign recognizing their accomplishment and a plaque posted in the Washington County Agriculture Education Center lobby for the duration of the year.

To be eligible for this award, the principal farm operator/owner must be in business for a minimum of five years and be on at least five acres of agriculturally zoned land and primarily located in Washington County. Winning farms showcase excellence in agriculture and promote a greater understanding of the challenges faced by today’s farmers. Numerous criteria are judged including production, conservation, preservation, community involvement, and dedication to farming and agriculture.

For those in the agriculture community interested in more information contact Leslie Hart, Agricultural Business Development Specialist at: 301-432-4782 or lhart@hagerstownedc.org.

 

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Washington County Department of Business Development, Agricultural Business Development is a County agency providing assistance to new and expanding businesses throughout Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland. The DBD, Agricultural Business Development is responsible for developing, marketing, and managing economic development strategies and implementing marketing programs to attract, retain, preserve and grow agricultural enterprises and related industries. The DBD interacts with a vast network of public, private and nonprofit organizations to address the agricultural and business needs of the community, as well as attract new companies to the county. Visit www.hagerstownedc.org/agricultural-marketing for more information.

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