Tomorrow's Harvest: New Farmer Stories from FarmLink

Tomorrow’s Harvest

The concept was simple…

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) asked a group of beginning farmers to talk about the joys and challenges they faced (and continue to face) while gaining a foothold as a farmer today. Their backgrounds are varied: retirees exploring a new calling, middle-aged workers crossing over from former careers, young entrepreneurs building their first business. All were participants in Maryland FarmLINK’s Mentor Match Program who generously agreed to share their stories in hopes that their experiences will be useful to others just beginning the journey.

Stories by Conni Leigh James, Priscilla Wentworth and Whitney Pipkin

Photography by Conni Leigh James

About This Series

This series is part of Maryland FarmLINK’s Mentor Match program. To learn more about the Mentor Match or about Maryland FarmLINK program, visit or contact us at

Maryland FarmLINK’s Mentor Match is a program of The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC). Original support for this project was provided by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA, Grant #2012-49400-19552, September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2015.) as a state-wide grant issued to SMADC and partners.

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