The Washington County Department of Business Development has announced the 2022-2023 Farm of the Year, Baker Farms LLC of Boonsboro, Maryland.
The Farm of the Year program recognizes a Washington County farm that showcases excellence in agriculture and promotes a greater understanding of the challenges faced by today’s farmers. Production, conservation, preservation, community involvement, and dedication to farming and agriculture are the gold standard for this award. Applications are accepted annually from August to September, and after judging, the winner is announced in October.
The 2022-2023 Farm of the Year, Baker Farms LLC, is located on a 171-acre Boonsboro area farm. The Baker Family is dedicated to producing the highest quality corn, wheat, and bedding to feed over 300 dairy cows. The Baker Family additionally operates on an adjacent 154-acre farm and leases 700 acres, making them productive on over 1,000 acres of Washington County land.
The 4th generation farm is owned by Brian and Teri Baker and operated by both them and their six sons, Brian, Jonathan, Jamie, Nicholas, Nathan, and Matthew. The Baker Family has had a presence in our community since 1926.
“I believe farming is a calling and that it is in your blood, as it is an everyday job as a dairy farmer. It is not only a job, but a way of life,” said Teri Baker.
The Baker Family is involved with FFA, 4-H, local baseball teams, local food pantries, and the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair. They also assist local neighbors and nearby farms with farm related questions, projects, manpower and equipment sharing. The Baker Boys love farming and taking care of their animals and the land.
Baker Farms LLC will receive a Farm of the year plaque for display on the farm, a Board of County Commissioner proclamation, an on-farm photoshoot, and Baker Farms will be used in the 2023 promotions and marketing efforts by the Washington County Department of Business Development.