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Farm Bureau Updates

Save the Dates!

Calvert County Farm Bureau Picnic May 18th!

Join the Calvert County Farm Bureau on Saturday, May 18th for their annual picnic. Starting at 4PM, the day will feature family activities such as Preakness viewing, petting zoo, playground, human hamster wheel and fishing all at beautiful Horsmon Farm (1865 Horsmon Farm Lane, St. Leonard, MD). All members are encouraged to come out and enjoy a great afternoon of food, fellowship and fun.

Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish to share, and the event is BYOB.

Calvert County Farm Tours

On September 20th, The Calvert County Farm Bureau joined an agriculture tour hosted by the Calvert County Department of Economic Development to see the diversity of agriculture in Calvert County. Stops included Linda’s Greenhouses and Jake’s Produce, Briscoe Farm and Ben’s Creek Produce, Taney Place Farm and Battle Creek Beef, and Mully’s Brewery.

They heard how farms successfully transitioned out of tobacco and expanded to welcome younger generations back to the farm.


Calvert County Farm Bureau is proud to release their 2024 scholarship applications! The Calvert County Farm Bureau will award $1,500 college scholarships to up two students for the 2024-2025 school year. Applicants must be high school seniors starting college/vocational school in the fall of 2024 or be current full-time students at any accredited community college, four-year institution or vocational school.

Applicants or their parents/guardians/spouse must be members of the Calvert County Farm Bureau at the time the applications are submitted. 

Presentation of the scholarship will be made at a Calvert County Farm Bureau event to be determined. Payments will be made directly to the institution applicants attend. Applications should be emailed or postmarked by May 13th, 2024.

For the full application, please click here.

From the President

Greetings Farmers and Friends of Farmers,

I am Cathy Cosgrove, Calvert County Farm Bureau’s current President.  I own and operate Horsmon Farm with my husband, JR Cosgrove, and kids Kaitlyn and Wesley. Our family run farm operations include direct sales of several products including beef, pork, seasonal produce, mums, pumpkins, hay, and straw.  During the summer, we offer a subscription program of our meats and local produce.  In the spring and fall we run agritourism based activities for the community to come learn about and enjoy our farm.  I have been involved with the Calvert County Farm Bureau (CCFB) for as long as I can remember.  I was the 1994 Calvert County Farm Queen, a member of the Young Farmers and served as CCFB secretary for several years.  I have participated in agricultural education programs such as LEAD Maryland and Annie’s Project. 

The CCFB has been working hard this year to get several tasks accomplished.  In January, we hosted a Coffee and Conversation with our local and state government officials held at Waters Memorial United Methodist Church.  The informal event proved a huge success and allowed for engaging discussions on topics affecting farmers and our community.  The event was attended by many Commissioners, some state Delegates and many who were running for office. 

In March, the CCFB board of directors elected a new Secretary, Monica Jost.  She has been a huge asset to our team. She is very experienced, a great communicator and always up for a challenge.

In June, Board member Suzi Gibson hosted the CCFB annual picnic at her place, Bowensville Farm and Nursery.  This covered dish event was a great day to relax and enjoy the company of our fellow farmers.  The food was amazing!  Pulled pork was the highlight cooked by board member, Donnie Bowen.  Activities included disk golf, swimming, corn hole and ladder ball.  Everyone who attended was able to leave with a beautiful potted plant from our gracious host. 

Our fundraising committee held a Farm to Table Dinner in July to raise money for scholarships and agriculture leadership.  Sassafras Farm was the most beautiful setting for the event.  Many aspects of local agriculture were featured from a signature cocktail featuring local bourbon to local vegetables, beef, seafood and even locally sourced centerpieces.  Our local chefs, Trish Weaver and Gwyn Novak made masterpieces from the ingredients they procured.  The event was well attended with approximately 130 attendees and raised over $5000 for our cause. 

This year the CCFB awarded a $1500 scholarship each to Hutch Valentin and Jane Hance.  Both recipients offered a well written essay and outstanding support of agriculture.

I am excited and honored to be leading this great organization and I look forward to continuing to serve my agriculture community.

Warmest Regards,

Cathy Cosgrove

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