Century Farms 2018 Honorees from Carroll County:
Farm at the Pines (Keymar, Carroll County)
Owners Mark and Elizabeth Devilbiss currently own and operate an 82-acre multiple crop farm. The farm was purchased in 1907 by William Devilbiss, the great-great grandfather of the current owners. In addition to growing corn, wheat, barley and hay, the farm also raises dairy and beef cattle. The original house, barn and wagon shed built in 1852 are all still in use today. The Farm at the Pines has participated in the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation program since the 1990s. The farm is contiguous to Terra Rubra Farm, which is the birth place of Francis Scott Key. Mark and Elizabeth are trying to meld more modern farming practices into their operation while maintaining the heritage of the farm.
Generation Farm (Westminster, Carroll County)
Owned today by William “Dale” Lauterbach, this 50-acre farm was originally purchased in 1904 by his great-grandfather John Nelson. The farm is 75 percent cropland, 10 percent wetlands and 15 percent pasture. The farmhouse was built in the 1800s, with an addition added in 1919 after a fire destroyed their previous home. The farm produces corn, soybeans and barley; and raises goats, pigs and chickens. The farm also raised cows before switching to goats. John Nelson owned four farms that were divided up amongst his four children. All farms stayed within the family but two are being honored as century farms.
RockNel (Westminster, Carroll County)
Darlene Lauterbach is the owner of RockNel—a 34-acre farm with 95 percent used as cropland and 5 percent woodland. John Nelson, grandfather of current owner Darlene, purchased the property in 1910. The original home was destroyed in 1918 when lightning struck the barn and burned all the buildings. At the time the family moved across the road to another farm owned by the family. The present home was built in 1970 along with a shop in 1985. The farm produces hay, corn and soybeans and raises a few chickens. Over the years some of the property has been rented out to neighboring farmers.
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