Essex Bank’s Business Banking Relationship Manager, David Klein, has worked with Serenity Farm to help finance a project that puts fresh locally grown produce in the hands of those suffering from hunger. Serenity Farm, owned by the Robinson family, located along the Patuxent River in Benedict Maryland, has partnered with the Maryland Food Bank and Farming 4 Hunger for the past three years.
Through contract growing, Serenity Farm produces 60 acres of potatoes and 60 acres of sweet corn. The planting is done in stages so the food can be harvested gradually assuring fresh produce throughout the season. The majority of the produce is sold and donated to the Maryland Food Bank and some through Farming for Hunger which helps out other local Maryland food banks.
The entire Robinson family operates Serenity Farm. “Our brother, David, went to school with Bernie Fowler Jr., who started Farming for Hunger. Ultimately the growing started through a friendship,” said Franklin Robinson Jr.
Without funding for startup costs such as fertilizer, baby potatoes, oil and gas for equipment and more the growing would not be possible.
“We knew Essex Bank was in the area, to me it’s all about locals helping locals,” said Robinson.
Along with growing for the Food Bank, Serenity Farm participates in educational programs and will be starting Farm Heritage Conservancy, a non-profit aimed to “Reconnect people to the land through Preservation, Cultivation and Education.”
To learn more about Serenity Farm visit their website at www.serenityfarminc.com
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