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Matt Morris: Top Young Ag Professional

Matt Morris: Top Young Ag Professional

Matt Morris, 31, is named as one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. Unique to many of those selected, Matt was not native to Frederick County, nor did he come from a deep-rooted farm family. Growing up in Prince George’s County, he found himself intrigued by and interested in farming.

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Emma Jagoz: Top Young Ag Professional

Emma Jagoz: Top Young Ag Professional

Emma Jagoz, 36, owner of Moon Valley Farm in Woodsboro, is named as one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. Not only that, in January she was recognized as a young leader in the County’s agriculture industry in Frederick’s Top 50 Under 40. She began her journey as a first-generation farmer on borrowed ground in Baltimore County in 2012. Approximately three years ago, Emma moved her operation to Frederick County and Moon Valley Farm has since become a staple and successful agricultural enterprise in the County.

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Laura and Brian House: Top Young Ag Professionals

Laura and Brian House: Top Young Ag Professionals

Laura House, 35, and Brian House, 38, are part owners of Gaver Farm in New Market and are named to Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals for 2022.

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Adam Fizyta: Top Young Ag Professional

Adam Fizyta: Top Young Ag Professional

Adam Fizyta, 36, part owner of Catoctin Breeze Vineyard in Thurmont, is named one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. He has been essential in planning and building the farm vineyard and winery since its inception. In 2016, Adam joined as a partner in the family business and is now spearheading the expansion of the vineyard.

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Jayme and Brandon Eaves: Top Young Ag Professionals

Jayme and Brandon Eaves: Top Young Ag Professionals

Jayme Eaves, 34, and Brandon Eaves, 29, are named to Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. Jayme serves as a Loan Officer for the USDA Farm Service Agency and Brandon works for his family’s dairy and crop operation, Oak Bluff Farms, LLC. Jayme and Brandon share a lifelong devotion to agriculture. They both grew up on family dairy farms that are still in operation today. The couple was married in 2017 and began their own small farming operation together a year later.

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Jamie Derr: Top Young Ag Professional

Jamie Derr: Top Young Ag Professional

Jamie Derr, 36, owner of Valley Ho Farm in Middletown, is one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. Growing up on her family’s dairy farm, she has been involved in agriculture her entire life.

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Becky and Jarrod Burall: Top Young Ag Professionals

Becky and Jarrod Burall: Top Young Ag Professionals

Becky Burall, 37, and Jarrod Burall, 38, are owners/operators of Burall Farms located in Mount Airy and are named to the list of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. A passion for agriculture began at a young age for the pair. Both Becky and Jarrod grew up working on their family farms. From the time they met, the couple “shared a dream of working in production agriculture,” they said.

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Behind the Milk with Lambert and Shafdon Farms

Behind the Milk with Lambert and Shafdon Farms

As we wrap up June Dairy Month, Homegrown Frederick wanted to take a moment to recognize a few of those behind the scenes of our family-owned and operated commercial dairy farms in Frederick County. We had the pleasure of meeting with Charlie Lambert of Lambert Farms Inc., and Dee Shafer of Shafdon Farms to learn more about their businesses.

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Amber Beachley: Top Young Ag Professional

Amber Beachley: Top Young Ag Professional

Amber Beachley, 36, is part owner/operator of Moo Cow Creamery at Walnut Ridge Farm and named one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. Born and raised on the family dairy farm in Middletown as a ninth-generation farmer, agriculture has always been in her blood. Her love and devotion to the industry began while feeding animals at a young age and only grew as she acquired more responsibilities on the farm

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 MK and Andrew Barnet: Top Young Ag Professionals

MK and Andrew Barnet: Top Young Ag Professionals

Mary Kathryn Barnet (MK), 38, and Andrew Barnet, 36, are the owners of Open Book Farm in Middletown and are both named to Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. Neither MK nor Andrew grew up on a farm or with a background in agriculture, making their story unique.

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