Farms Spotlight: Gaver Farm

Gaver Family Farm is a diversified family farming operation.  Gaver Tree Farm was established in 1978 by Michael Gaver at age 17. The farm’s first sales were in 1984 and today there are about sixty acres of cut your own Christmas trees planted in different stages of growth.

The pumpkin business was started in 1998 by then 8-year-old son Greg in his first year in 4-H, when as part of his gardening project he had a bumper crop and set up a small self-serve stand in the front yard.

In 2007, Gaver Pumpkin Patch was established as the family expanded the farm stand to include hayrides to the patch for pick your own pumpkins and added an Agritourism Fall Fun Festival with corn mazes, farm animals and numerous fun and educational activities for families.

Gaver Farm is a food producer.  In 2007, after 50 years on the same farm the family sold their milking dairy herd. They now have a cow/calf and feeder beef steer herd, meat goat herd and various flocks of birds. They operate a crop farm and grow corn, soybeans, wheat, rye cover crop and various hays. Hay and straw are offered on the farm for sale year round.

The Gaver Family was Frederick County Farm Family of the Year for 2005 and was presented the Take Pride in America award for 2008 for outstanding conservation and environmental stewardship practices. In 2011 Gaver Farm was awarded the distinction of being a Certified Agricultural Conservation Steward for meeting the certification standard of the Farm Stewardship Certification and Assessment Program. Mike and Lisa are thankful for the community support of our local farm and most proud of their children’s return to the farm after college and desire to keep our farm in agriculture! You are invited to come and experience the farm firsthand!

Meet The Farm Family!