Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission and the Maryland Dairy Industry Association Congratulate Dairies of Distinction
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Leslie Hart: 301-432-4782; Hagerstown-Washington County EDC
Laurie Savage: 301-349-0750; MD Dairy Industry Association
Frederick, MD –The Maryland Dairy Industry Association named Clear Spring Creamery, Green Acres Farmstead and Peace Hollow Farm, Washington County Dairies of Distinction for beautifying Maryland's rural countryside and providing quality products to consumers. Each farm was awarded a roadside sign for their farmstead during the Maryland Dairy Convention February 23, 2013.
"The Maryland Dairy Industry Association is pleased to honor this year's Dairy of Distinction winners for their contributions to the industry and the rural landscape. They are truly stars of the industry," said MDIA Secretary-Treasurer Laurie Savage. "Since the program began in 2010, MDIA has presented 25 dairy farms with the Dairy of Distinction signs."
“We’re pleased to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of these dairy farmers,” said Dan Pheil, Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission chairman. “We’re proud to have these farmsteads actively engaged in maintaining beautiful farms that not only promote a good dairy industry image but a positive community environment.”
Clear Spring Creamery
Operated byMark and Clare Seibert, Clear Spring Creamery is a 120-acre family farm that employs two full-time and several part-time staff. The Seiberts milk 120 Jersey and Jersey cross cows while operating a seasonal, grass-based operation. The milk from this Grade A creamery is used to produce bottled milk, yogurt, cream, butter and cheese. Products are retailed at local farmers' markets and in the Washington, D.C., area. The operation boasts an organic certification for the farm land, once-a-day milking and calf nursing.
Green Acres Farmstead
Operated by Curvin and Glennis Eby, Green Acres Farmstead is a 128-acre grass-based organic farm in Hagerstown, MD. The farm was also honored by the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts through the Farm Stewardship Certification and Assessment Program. The Ebys manage the farm to enhance soil health, cow health and comfort and quality of life for their family. "We strive to be good stewards of everything we've been given and to produce quality milk for our consumers.”
Peace Hollow Farm
Peace Hollow Farm, operated by Myron and Janet Martin and family in Knoxville, MD, is an organic and grass-based farm with a small on-farm store that sells hand-dipped ice cream, beef and baked goods. About 85 cows of mixed breeds are milked and graze more than 225 acres. Since switching to organic feeding, the Martins have increased profits to more than $1,500 per cow. The herd also received the Organic Valley low somatic cell count award. Myron says the farm has been a faith journey for him and is quick to acknowledge University of Maryland Extension for providing him with "tremendous" assistance.
Established in 2010, the Maryland Dairy of Distinction program recognizes the hard work and dedication of dairy owner/operators who promote a positive dairy industry image through farm maintenance and quality achievements.
This year's Dairy of Distinction award applications are due April 16, 2013. For more information on the Dairy of Distinction program or an application, call 301-432-4782 or 301-349-0750 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the EDC, Agricultural Business Development
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, Agricultural Business Development is a County agency providing assistance to new and expanding businesses throughout Hagerstown and Washington County, MD. The EDC, 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 EDC 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 for more information.
About the Maryland Dairy Industry Association
The Maryland Dairy Industry Association enhances the economic viability of Maryland dairy farmers and the dairy industry. The MDIA supports relevant research and educational programs to provide the most current industry information to legislators, regulators and other public officials and promotes a professional image for the dairy industry.