It has been in progress for a while, but our new Chesapeake Fields Cleaning and Processing Facility is open! Our equipment lineup includes an air screen cleaner, a gravity table and a color sorter from AR McKay. This project would not have been possible without the help of the Queen Anne’s County Economic Development Office, who supported the purchase of a color sorter through their Economic Incentive Fund.
Here’s a preview of the cleaning and processing from our Facebook page:
A preview of the new cleaning facility! Our soybeans will run first through a cleaner, then over a gravity table, and finally through a color sorter. We'll be able to clean other non-GMO & organic grains too!
Chesapeake Fields Farmers Cooperative is a group of farmers who grow a diversity of crops in the Mid-Atlantic region. Our farmers grow non-GMO soybeans, as well as corn, wheat, barley, organic peas, wine grapes, tomatoes, green beans, hay, spinach and more!
Many of us are also vocal advocates for agriculture and sustainable growing practices. Here are a few highlights and videos that feature our farmers outside of Chesapeake Fields:
Evan Miles, of Bluestem Farm, talks about growing cover crops to help protect the environment and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay:
Joe and William Layton, of Lazy Day Farm and Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, talk about crop insurance and how they diversify their operation for better economic sustainability:
Schmidt Farms was also featured on Maryland Farm and Harvest, where Hans and Alan Schmidt talk about using precision agriculture to reduce the impact of their farming operation on water quality. Their segment begins at about 8:30 minutes into the show.
Jonathan Quinn, of Bohemia Creek Farm, talks about using precision agriculture in the first season of Maryland Farm and Harvest (Jon’s segment begins at about 8:45 into the program):
Evan Miles, Jr., also of Bluestem Farms, talks about growing corn and farming near the Chester River: