Frederick County's Top Young Agricultural Professionals

Each year, the Frederick County Office of Economic Development (FCOED) partners with Frederick Magazine for Frederick’s Top 50 publication. The 2022 issue, released in January, featured Frederick’s Top 50 Under 40. Homegrown Frederick wanted to take a similar approach and highlight the passionate young entrepreneurs and leaders in the ag and craft beverage industries. The Homegrown Frederick magazine, released June 1, announces those awarded as Frederick County’s Top Young Agricultural Professionals. Each week we will feature these men and women so you can get to know them better!

How were these ag professionals selected?  Here’s some insight into that process. The community was asked for nominations through a digital survey which was emailed and posted on the Homegrown Frederick website, Facebook, and Instagram. All nominees were then sent a survey to provide additional and more detailed information about themselves, their involvement in their industry and community and their career. Once all nominee forms were received, the selection committee had their work cut out for them with nearly 80 total nominations for over 50 individuals. Individuals and couples nominated comprised a diverse range of industries including craft beverage business owners and operators, agricultural educators and service providers, and both traditional production agriculture and direct-market producers.

After much deliberation, twenty individuals or couples across various industries were selected as Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. Many of the awarded are heavily involved in their communities and civic leadership. They are members of local, regional or national organizations, serve on boards or committees and/or mentor our youth and the future of agriculture in Frederick County. We are excited to officially announce Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals and hope you stay tuned each week for the individual features! If you didn’t get a chance to be involved in the nomination process and would like to in the future, be sure to follow our social channels or sign up for the FCOED newsletter.

The 2022 Top Young Agricultural Professionals:

Melissa Aellen (Linganore Winecellars)
Mary Kathryn Barnet and Andrew Barnet (Open Book Farm)
Amber Beachley (Moo Cow Creamery/Walnut Ridge Farm)
Becky Burall and Jarrod Burall (Burall Farms)
Jamie Derr, (Valley Ho Farm)
Jayme Eaves (Farm Service Agency) and Brandon Eaves (Oak Bluff Farms, LLC)
Adam Fizyta (Catoctin Breeze Vineyard)      
Laura House and Brian House (Gaver Farm)
Emma Jagoz (Moon Valley Farm)
Matt Morris (Sowers Dairy/South Mountain Creamery) 
Karen Nicklas (The Great Frederick Fair)
Amy Jo Poffenberger (Catoctin High School)           
Katlyn Robertson (Catoctin Mountain Orchard)
Ali Sharifzadeh (District Farms)
Emily Snyder (Rocky Point Creamery)
Kate Sowers (South Mountain Creamery)
Allison Stewart (Deer Run Farm)
Andrew Toms (Monocacy Farms, Inc.)
Cathleen Wastler (Tulip-Pond Farm)
Julian Wilson (Elk Run Vineyards)
As you can see from this list, Frederick County’s agriculture industry is in good hands.  If you see any of our Top Young Agricultural Professionals, take a moment to congratulate them!