Since Level 3 is designed for trainees who already have several years of farming experience and are managing farms themselves, we approach the Farmer Consultant matching process as a collaborative one. Through the interview process with Level 3 applicants, we discuss what their main consulting needs are and the particular knowledge and experience they are seeking in a Farmer Consultant. Through that discussion, together we identify a consultant match that is tailor-fit to the needs of each trainee.
Below is the list of Farmer Consultants who served in 2017. Each year, however, the roster of matched Consultants will change, as it will be driven by the unique needs of each class of Level 3 trainees.
Pam Dawling, Twin Oaks Community (Louisa, VA): Pam Dawling has grown vegetables at Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for over 20 years, feeding 100 people from 3.5 acres. She is also the author of a tremendously useful book to farmers in this region and beyond: Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres. Pam speaks at conferences and workshops and is also a regular contributor to Growing for Market magazine.
Stacey Carlberg & Casey Gustowarow, The Farm at Sunnyside (Washington, VA): Stacey Carlberg and Casey Gustowarow have co-managed The Farm at Sunnyside since 2015. The farm grows certified organic fruits and vegetables for sale locally. Land not in agricultural production is actively managed for biodiversity and beneficial ecosystem services. Prior to coming to The Farm at Sunnyside, they were farm managers at Potomac Vegetable Farm’s Purcellville site for several years.
Lisa Duff, Oak Spring Farm (Freeland, MD): Lisa Duff owns and manages Oak Spring Farm, a small family farm located in northern Baltimore County. She is a graduate of the BFTP and now sells through a CSA, farmers market, and to restaurants. The farm produces vegetables, fruit, and humanely raised eggs. The farm is Certified Organic.
John Fendrick, Rock Hill Orchard and Woodbourne Creamery (Mount Airy, MD): John and Mary Fendrick own and operate this family-owned and operated pick-your own farm in northern Montgomery County, MD featuring the farm’s own grass-fed milk and ice cream along with peaches, apples, blackberries and other seasonally available fruits and vegetables.
Lisa Garfield, Calliope Farm (Salisbury, MD): Lisa Garfield is the owner of Calliope Farm, a small scale CSA and market garden located on the Delmarva Peninsula of MD. The farm specialized in organically grown, open-pollinated, heirloom and regional fruits and vegetables as well as many ethnic and exotic varieties, all chosen for qualities of flavor, nutrition and adaptability. Lisa is currently studying Plant and Soil Science at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Elisa Lane, Two Boots Farm (Hampstead, MD): Elisa Lane is a graduate of the BFTP herself and has returned as both a Level 2 Trainer and a Level 3 Consultant. She grows a wide range of vegetables, herbs, and flowers on her small family farm. All of the produce is grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, and is sold through the farm's CSA, Baltimore farm stand, and to area restaurants.
Dave Liker, Gorman Farm (Laurel, MD): Gorman Farm offers fresh, nutrient rich, flavorful fruits and vegetables grown with organic methods on site through a Community Supported Agriculture program. The farm is located in Eastern Howard County, MD, just off Interstate 95 in a convenient location between Baltimore & Washington DC.
Hiu Newcomb, Potomac Vegetable Farms (Vienna & Purcellville, VA): Hiu Newcomb has been farming in Northern VA since the 1960s. Potomac Vegetable Farms has been growing and selling Ecoganic, nutrient-dense vegetables for over 50 years. They sell through two roadside stands, a CSA, and at local farmers markets.
Laura Beth Resnick & Jascha Owens, Butterbee Farm (Pikesville, MD): Both Resnick and Owens are graduates of the BFTP and have returned to serve as Level 2 Trainers and Level 3 Consultants. Butterbee Farm is a small flower farm located near Baltimore that uses organic growing practices. Butterbee’s markets include local florists, weddings and other special events, restaurants, and an all flower CSA.
Attila Agoston & Shawna DeWitt, Mountain View Farm (Neersville, VA): Mountain View Farm is a small family farm that grows certified organic vegetables and plants. The farm also offers seasonally available pastured meats and lacto-fermented foods. The farm is located on a 900-acre preserve known as the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship.
Woody Woodruff, Red Wiggler Farm (Germantown, MD): Woody Woodruff started Red Wiggler Farm in 1996 to create meaningful, fully inclusive jobs for adults with developmental disabilities through the business of growing and selling high quality, organic vegetables. The farm has a robust CSA and provides healthy food to group homes and food banks, while also providing educational opportunities for local volunteer youth groups.