Leader Magazine: Crafts on the Farm

Volume 24 Issue 2

A Message from the President, Tom Truitt: 

“Not too long ago, agriculture was only thought of as being corn, wheat, and livestock. Today’s agriculture industry is more diverse than ever, as aquaculture, plant proteins, and hydroponics are becoming more prevalent in the arena. Farmers today are more becoming more tech-savvy, and are constantly on the lookout for what the next “big thing” will be for their consumers.

Today, there are over 7,000 breweries and over 8,000 wineries in the United States, all brewing their own flavor, and providing more than just beverages to those who are looking for an authentic taste—they’re serving up some pretty unique experiences right alongside them.

I’ve been involved in agriculture my whole life, and it never ceases to amaze me how “crafty” farmers can be. The customers in this issue all have diverse backgrounds, but share a love of making things from scratch and putting it out there for others to enjoy (or not). I think that boldness is something every farmer has in common.”

- Tom Truitt, President and CEO of MidAtlantic Farm Credit


Spring Gate Vineyard and Winery - Right Place, Right Time

Spring Gate Vineyard and Winery Bottles

Story and Photos by Sally Scholle

Like many Pennsylvania Farms, Spring Gate Vineyard and Winery has a colorful history. The 60 acre property outside of Harrisburg traces its roots to the Revolutionary War, and has always been a working farm. When owner Marty Schoffstall purchased the farm in 1995, he started making plans to give it a new twist.

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Waredaca Brewing Company - Rooted in History: Brewing New Memories

Waredaca Brewing Company Label

Story and Photos by Andrea Haines

Some time ago, in 1932, a boys’ camp in Maryland brought families together on a rural Montgomery County farm. Years later, that same farm would turn into a place where families and friends could gather to share a beverage and gaze at the magnificence of the equine splendor across its fields.

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Layton's Chance Vineyard and Winery - For the Love of the Farm

Layton's Chance Vineyard and Winery Bottling

Story and Photos by Nancy L. Smith

“We started this for the love of the farm, not because we just love wine,” says Jennifer Layton of Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery that she and husband William operate in Vienna, Maryland. The business is a success, but years of thought and preparation occurred before the first post hole was dug.

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Star in the Valley Estate Winery - A Gold Star for the Palate

Star in the Valley Estate Winery Wine being poured

Story and Photos by Andrea Haines

A shooting-star sighting is a rarity for most people; a longing gaze up at the dark sky sometimes provokes that gleam of light racing across the atmosphere. Fortunate onlookers often cast a wish to the heavens, a dream to come true for the future. For dreamers, like Shane Waller and Cara Mroczek, reality involves the stars and a plot of land in the rural Shenandoah Valley of Strasburg, Virginia.

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