Queen Anne’s County Economic & Tourism Development, in partnership with Upper Shore Regional Council, would like to congratulate the recipients of our 2023 Micro Agricultural Grant Program. We were able to provide twelve agricultural businesses in Queen Anne’s County with $63,000 in funding to expand, diversify, or improve their marketing efforts, implement capital improvement projects, and conduct agricultural research initiatives. This year’s recipients include:
SunKissed Flower Farm
Funding will support supplies for climate protection of flower farm and equipment for increasing operating efficiency.
QAC Brewers Coalition
Support of marketing and expenses of a Bus Tour Weekend that will bring participants to each of the five QAC breweries (Patriot Acres, Bull & Goat, Ten Eyck, Big Truck Farm Brewery and Cult Classic) to provide education about the connection between agriculture and brewing, and allow them to see the unique aspects of each location.
Quillen Farms LLC
Funding will support the supplies needed to build a shelter for Waygu beef cattle operation.
Rosy Side Farm
Funding will allow for the construction of two greenhouses.
Calico Fields Environmental Education
A small greenhouse will be purchased to be used as an educational butterfly house for the Educational Center, along with the purchase of plants to be used to support the butterfly life cycle.
Funds will be used to purchase vegetable processing equipment that will allow the business to create a higher volume of their value-added products and expand their business.
Where Pigs Fly Farm
The operation recently expanded its poultry operation; funds will be used to cover equipment upgrades needed for the expansion.
Unity Church Hill Nursery
Funding will support webstore design of the organization’s online sales platform
Mike Garner Hay & Livestock Equipment
A portable cattle chute will be purchased and can be rented to homesteaders, beginner and small farmers at a reasonable cost that would increase efficiency for renters.
Native Enterprises – Tomahawk Farms
Funding will support the purchase of a precision guidance GPS system and boom sprayer for the land services they provide to other local farmers.
Funds will support the purchase of a hoop house kit for a small farm operation aimed at producing pesticide-free vegetables for locals and restaurants.
Supplies and equipment related to grain and cold storage will be purchased as the organization creates a retail sector of their specialty grain business through the development of a retail brand.
Funding for our 2023 Micro Agricultural Grant Program is made possible by the Upper Shore Regional Council and Queen Anne’s County.