How 15 Maryland Farmers Strive To Add Value

15 farmers receive MARBIDCO capital-item purchase grants for revenue-boosting value-added projects.

Published on: Nov 23, 2012

The Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation recently awarded $182,382 in value-added grants to 15 farms in 10 Maryland counties. The Capital Assets Option program aims to encourage producers to expand or diversify business operations by installing capital equipment to make or support a “value-added” product.

Eligible applicants must be a crop or livestock producer or processor, agricultural cooperative, seafood processor, or timber products processor. Selected applicants can receive up to $15,000, but must provide a minimum 100% cash match.

"MARBIDCO is delighted to assist small and typically family-run enterprises with matching funds to help further their entrepreneurial business development aspirations," notes MARBIDCO Executive Director Steve McHenry. "Value-added processing is a viable option for farmers to find new markets for their products, increase farm-gate revenues, expand local job opportunities, and help sustain agricultural operations for the next generation."

BUCK BOOSTERS: 15 farmers receive MARBIDCO capital-item purchase grants for revenue-boosting value-added projects.
BUCK BOOSTERS: 15 farmers receive MARBIDCO capital-item purchase grants for revenue-boosting value-added projects.

Here’s a quick look at the 15 capital-item purchase projects selected:

  • James Archer, Jr., Fawn-View Manor Farms ($14,000): A wood processor to make firewood in Harford County.
  • Andrew Baker, Old Westminster Winery, LLC ($15,000): A grape press, wine pump and wine filter in Carroll County.
  • Andrew Barnet, Open Book Farm ($5,367): Poultry processing equipment in Frederick County.
  • Kevin and Nancy Brandt, Sugarloaf Alpaca Company, LLC ($15,000): A yarn spinner in Frederick County.
  • Cleo Braver, Cottingham Farm, LLC ($11,800): Purchase equipment to prep and dehydrate vegetables and herbs in Talbot County.
  • Thomas Croghan, The Vineyards at Dodon, LLC ($15,000): A pneumatic membrane press to separate juice or wine from grape skins in Anne Arundel County.
  • Laura Holland, Chesapeake Bay Dairy, LLC ($10,000): Construct an on-farm store to sell their value-added milk products in Worcester County.
  • E. Tom Johnson, Eastern Shore Forest Products, Inc. ($15,000): A merchandising saw to cut multiple pole lengths at high speeds in Wicomico County.
  • Mitzi Jones, Bowling Green Farm, LLC ($15,000): Construct a building for cheese storage and product processing, and a generator in Howard County.
  • Ginger Myers, Evermore Farm ($15,000): Construct a building, with a walk-in freezer, for meat product and packaging storage in Carroll County.
  • Kenneth Pusey, Paul M. Jones Lumber Company, Inc. ($15,000): A log debarker machine to manufacture piling in Worcester County.
  • Michael Ryan, Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm ($3,075): Construct a boulder maze and purchase a skid steer rotary cutter to remove weeds from paths in Frederick County.
  • Clare Seibert, Clear Spring Creamery ($15,000):  Construct an addition to an existing farm building and purchase equipment for making ice cream in Washington County.
  • Kevin Deighan, Shore Gourmet, Inc. ($3,140):  A walk-in freezer to meet needed freezer capacity in Talbot County.
  • Morris Zwick, Terrapin Station Winery ($15,000): Purchase a semi-automated filler to fill bags and pouches with wine and juice in Cecil County.

For more information about MARBIDCO’s programs, visit its website at www.marbidco.org.