Our new non-GMO Cleaning & Processing Facility is open!

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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!

Posted by Chesapeake Fields Farmers Cooperative on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Meet a few of our farmers

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:

The Laytons also own Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery. You can learn more about this part of their farm through their website, Twitter or Facebook page, or watch William Layton’s feature on the Eastern Shore Winemaker’s page.

Jennie Schmidt, of Schmidt Farms, discusses here how her family’s farm is a Certified Agricultural Steward through Maryland’s Farm Stewardship Certification and Assessment Program, on her blog, the Foodie Farmer. In fact, three Chesapeake Fields Farmers are certified through this program- Schmidt Farms, Lazy Day Farm and Bohemia Creek Farm.

Follow Jennie on Twitter and Facebook to learn about how food is produced on their farm.

Posted by The Foodie Farmer on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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: