The musical stylings of Local Knowledge flowed through the country air as more than 200 Harford County farmers, politicians and other officials crowded onto a barn near Jarrettsville Saturday evening to celebrate Harford County's agricultural leaders.
C. John Sullivan III, Harford County government deputy chief of staff for agricultural affairs, said the Agricultural Advisory Board supported the move of the annual celebration to Grimmel Farms this year.
"We are proud of Harford County farmers," Sullivan told the crowd as they seated for dinner.
Local Harford County businesses provided the food for the event. Wine was provided by Fiore Winery in Pylesville, cheese was from Keyes Creamery, Pond View Farm Pit Crew provided a hearty meat spread and milk came from Kilby Cream.
Host of "Maryland Farm and Harvest" Joanne Clendining, who has many careers including owning a peach growing operation, said she is simply amazed by the hard work of the Maryland farming community.
"I honestly feel like farmers are amazing to me," Clendining said. "You actually use the math we learned back in high school. And you have the fortitude to work seven to 12 hours a day, seven days a week. You're jack of all trades: you're plumbers, electricians."
Clendining, whose show has highlighted members of the Harford County farming community such as Flowers by Bauers and Broom's Bloom Dairy, said she is impressed with the innovative things Harford Countians are doing in agriculture.
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The Excellence in Agriculture Award was presented to My Lady's Manor Farm in Monkton, a fifth-generation farm owned by the Smiths and specializing in dairy production, horses, fruit and grain. More recently, the farm began dabbling in embryo transfer work, which through DNA testing can predict the profitability of a calf.
The Department of Planning and Zoning Agricultural and Historic Preservation Section awarded the Agriculture Preservationist Award to David Crowl, owner of Garden Fence Farm.
Garden Fence Farm is a family-owned dairy farm, which has marketed milk to cooperatives for the last 88 years.
David Thompson, owner of Foxborough Nursery, was awarded the Conservationist of the Year Award by the Harford County Soil Conservation District.
Foxborough Nursery, which was started in the spring of 1978, is a wholesale nursery compiled of four farms in Street.
Instead of each winner heading to the stage for traditional introductions, Edwin Remsberg, of Remsberg Inc., created short picture and audio soundbooks of the winners highlighting their farms and its impact on agriculture in the county.
Following the awards, the crowd bobbed their heads to music while enjoying locally made ice cream from Broom's Bloom Dairy near Bel Air.