Marsteller Farm, is a family farm just under 4.5 acres in Freeland, MD, that produces a wide variety of chemical-free vegetables, pastured eggs, and pork. Their $5,000 grant allowed them to extend their growing season and diversify crops.
Marsteller successfully planted a perennial pollinator garden and installed a high tunnel. “We were able to save a lot of money on plants and [were] able to start with potted plants instead of bulbs and tubers,. Instead of getting straight to work on the tunnel, we first planted our perennial pollinator bed. Then we more or less fell into free mulch, and we again were able to save, so that more of the tunnel cost would be covered by the grant,” said farmer Jessica Beck.