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Calvert Farm Family Inducted Into Md. Ag Hall of Fame
by: Jamie Clark Tiralla for Lancaster Farming (edited for content for CCFB Blog)
GLEN BURNIE, Md. — The Swann family of Calvert County became the 47th recipient of Maryland’s highest agriculture honor as they were inducted into the Governor’s Agricultural Hall of Fame at the annual Taste of Maryland Agriculture event.
J. Allen Swann, with wife Patricia by his side, received the award on behalf of the Swann family. He was joined by numerous family members including his nephew Jody Swann and son Joe-Sam Swann, who are also his business partners.
J. Allen Swann said he is proud to work alongside his nephew and son, and see his family grow up in the same place he did.
“When Secretary Bartenfelder called, it brought tears to this old man’s eyes,” Swann said. “We are truly honored. There’s nothing better in this world than being able to do what you really want to do, where you want to do it and with who you want to do it with.”
Swann Farms spans approximately 360 acres along the shores of the Patuxent River in northern Calvert County. Six generations ago, the farm’s primary crop was tobacco. Since the Maryland tobacco buyout, the Swanns have transitioned into grain and produce.
Today, they have about 200 acres in production, principally raising sweet corn, peaches and melons for the wholesale market. They also have a pick-your-own strawberry operation.
Last year, the Swanns planted an acre of asparagus and added 4 acres of blueberries and an acre of blackberries and raspberries to the pick-your-own operation.
“Growing up, the river was really important,” Swann said. As a result, conservation practices are a critical aspect of the family farm operation. Swann Farms has been quick to embrace numerous environmental best management practices. They plant cover crops, practice minimal-till crop production and have 10 acres devoted to wetlands mitigation.