Contact: Shelby Watson-Hampton
Director, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC)
swatsonhampton@smadc.com
(301) 274 - 1922, Ex. 1

For Immediate Release
October 29, 2018

 

 
SMADC Awards 15 Farmer Mini-Grants

HUGHESVILLE, Md. — The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) recently approved fifteen projects through the SMADC Farmer Mini-Grant program for a total investment of $22,845.

SMADC received applications from farmers in all five Southern Maryland counties. Awards were made to:
  • Cabin Creek Heritage Farm ($2,000) – In matching funds for farm store expansion in Prince George’s County
  • Farrell Seafood ($2,000) – In matching funds for refrigerated and freezing cases for farm store in St. Mary’s County
  • Fox Run Farm ($2,000) – In matching funds for livestock buildings in Charles County
  • Hole in the Woods Farm ($500) – In matching funds for a freezer display case in St. Mary’s County
  • Holly Grove Farm ($2,000) – In matching funds for goat fence expansion in Prince George’s County
  • Holly Hill Ranch ($1,635) – In matching funds for sheep and turkey fencing and pens in Prince George’s County
  • Hollywood Farm ($2,000) – In matching funds for lambing sheds in Anne Arundel County
  • James Richards ($2,000) – In matching funds for fencing and irrigation in Prince George’s County
  • Langton Green Community Farm ($1,075) – In matching funds for blueberry plants in Anne Arundel County
  • Newport Valley Farm ($2,000) – In matching funds for pasture fencing in Charles County
  • On the Hill Farm ($410) – In matching funds for pasture fencing in Anne Arundel County
  • Rock Spring Hall ($625) – In matching funds to purchase a Jang Seeder in Calvert County
  • Stallworth-McKee Farms ($1,700) – In matching funds for livestock fencing and water supply system in Prince George’s County
  • Townshend Vogt Farm ($900) – In matching funds for marketing and brand awareness in Prince George’s County
  • Truman Vineyards ($2,000) – In matching funds for vineyard expansion in Prince George’s County
“We’re excited to see the farming community responding so enthusiastically to the Mini-Grant program. It’s become quite popular and competitive – we wish we could fund all the projects that come in through the application process,” said Shelby Watson-Hampton, Director of SMADC, which is a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland.

“Each time we go through a new round, we receive feedback from users and the review committee and make improvements as needed. During this cycle of the review process, we received some important feedback from our grant review committee, and we’ve made a few changes to the program that will improve the application process for the Mini-Grants moving forward,” Watson-Hampton said.

The next cycle of the SMADC Farmer Mini-Grant program opens on November 1, 2018 and ends on January 1, 2019. More information will be released soon.

View the Farm Grants page at www.SMADC.com

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The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, is committed to: a) a market-driven and sustainable farming future as Maryland transitions away from tobacco. b) a Maryland where farmland preservation, and environmental stewardship positively impact the quality of our air and water and c) cultivating awareness among consumers and leaders of the vital role our farms play in a balanced community, safe, nutritious food and a cleaner and healthier environment. To learn more about additional programs and resources, contact SMADC, P. O. Box 745, Hughesville, MD 20637; phone: 301-274-1922, Ex. 1, fax: 301-274-1924; email info@smadc.com ; or visit www.smadc.com.


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