KENNEDYVILLE — The 2019 Shore Leadership Class was hosted by Crow Vineyard and Winery at Crow Farm on June 19 for its session on agriculture.
Owner Judy Crow provided a farm-to-table continental breakfast and welcomed the class. The morning leadership session focused on leading with strengths under the direction of Joe Thomas, leadership facilitator. The class used the StrengthsFinder book and assessment as the basis of its discussions.
Prior to lunch, the class was introduced to several Kent County 4-Hers and FFA members, along with Maryland Extension 4-H Educator Beth Hill. The youth talked about their involvement in 4-H and FFA, and the leadership activities and skills they had developed. The class asked questions, and the youth ended their presentation by reciting the 4-H Pledge.
MidAtlantic Farm Credit sponsored the session, and during the farm-to-table lunch, they met with Wayne Richard and Tyler Majchrzak from MidAtlantic Farm Credit. Richard gave an overview of the organization and its importance to the farming community, providing loans, insurance and support.
In the afternoon, the class traveled to the Fair Hill Dairy Farm, owned and operated by the Fry Family. Matt Fry took the class on a tour of the farm, explaining how farmers have to be a combination of meteorologists, economists, veterinarians, marketers, business professionals, agronomists, technology experts and stewards of the land to be successful. The class walked through the milking barn and was amazed at the technology used in milking and monitoring the cows.
The class returned to the Crow Vineyard and Winery, where it was greeted by Judy Crow and her son, Brandon, who talked with the class and led a tour of their winery, explaining the wine-making process. The class also was able to enjoy a small wine tasting.
One of the members of the class said: “I wish we could have spent the entire day on the two farms learning more about the day-to-day operations in agriculture. What an amazing day in such a beautiful county.”
For more information on Shore Leadership, go to shoreleadership.org. Applications for the class of 2020 will be available soon.