Success Stories Rumbleway Farm - Robin and Mark WAY family farm | Maryland
NRCS Maryland Proposal for Featured Customer 2
Name: Rumbleway Farm -- Robin and Mark WAY family farm
Location: Rumbleway Farm is a certified organic farm located in Conowingo in Cecil County, Maryland.
Type of Operation: Family-owned farm that is an excellent example of a family working to sustain their small farm as an operating, profitable venture. Annually they raise 2,000 chickens, 275 turkeys, 100 ducks and rabbits, cows, and goats, free of hormones, antibiotics and pesticides. . Family is very active and enterprising in diverse agriculture to include aggressive marketing of pastured poultry and all natural practices for raising meat products and educational uses of conservation practices on their 62-acre farm. The all-natural products are marketed through community business contacts, on-farm sales and on the farm's website, www.rumblewayfarm.com.
Conservation Summary: Honored by local Soil Conservation District as Conservation Cooperative Farm of the Year in 2005 for their environmentally friendly ag operation and commitment to protecting soil, air and water quality concerns. The Way's converted their cropland to pasture and hayland for raising pastured poultry. The animals are raised in shelters that are moved daily to fresh pasture grass. They process animals at the farm and have been certified by USDA. This certification allows them to sell poultry out of state. With the certified kitchen, they've been able to offer dinners at the farm and dinners to go.
Relationship with NRCS: The Way's participate in EQIP. To facilitate their many grazing systems, they have installed a new well, 2915 feet of fencing, 1710 feet of pipeline, 4 watering facilities and an animal feeding and waste storage structure. They have restored 8 acres of pasture, with plans for an additional 14 acres in the future. These practices, along with nutrient management and prescribed grazing help them protect the Chesapeake Bay while making soil conservation and water quality a high priority.
Relationship with Partners: The Way's farm welcomes visitors year-round, hosts field days and maintains a website to educate people about their farm and promote sustainable agriculture. The Way's are innovative managers of their small family farm. Diverse operations and new technologies enable them to sustain their family and enjoy a high quality of life. They believe that promoting the family farm is not only good for agriculture, but a healthy and sound investment in the future. The Way's are active members of the Maryland Farm Bureau, local 4-H Chapters, and mentor beginning and small farmers interested in alternative grazing systems and value-added products. Robin has received SARE grants and was Maryland's Small Farmer of the Year in 2004. She encourages everyone to buy local and support their farm communities. Diversity: The family is agriculturally diverse; by embracing alternative agriculture and value-added practices to sustain the farm with their all-natural farm products business which they market to agri-tourism, commercial and educational enterprises.