Leader: Progress During a Pandemic

Volume 25 Issue 2

A Message from the President, Tom Truitt: 

These past few months have challenged all of us in ways we never saw coming. Watching the world as we know it turn upside down as we grapple with a global pandemic has been emotional, to say the least. With all of this change, it’s easy to get caught up in longing for the way things were when we kicked off the new decade. But if you pause for a moment and look around, you’ll see people across our industry and communities pulling together to help one another. These stories of support and innovation during a time of uncertainty illustrate just how strong we are together, and remind us all that no matter what, we will get through this and learn from it. The four members we feature in this issue have done just that. [...]

We know you’re feeling stressed right now, and unsure of how the remainder of 2020 will play out. Don’t forget that you have access to your free Member Assistance Program resources 24/7. Please visit mafc.com/map to learn more.

Have a safe and happy fall, 

-Tom Truitt, President and CEO of MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Check out the issue to read the full stories!


The Nesting Box in Kempton, Pennsylvania

Timi and Keith Bauscher have 1,700 free-range laying hens and during the pandemic, the couple’s following grew quickly once shutdowns started taking place as a result of COVID-19. They partnered with other local producers to help get their products out to the community as demand for locally-sourced items grew.

Head to Page 4 to read their story!

Local Homestead Products, in New Windsor, Maryland

Trevor and Victoria Hoff experienced a similar surge in customers after the pandemic began and added a contactless curbside pick-up option for their shoppers, and are finding creative ways to promote other Carroll County businesses.

Head to Page 6 to read their story!

Nice Farms Creamery in Federalsburg, Maryland

Dairy owners Bob and Jaclynne Miller lost many wholesale clients during COVID-19 but found a way to turn things around. They not only began delivering their milk and ice cream to homes in their area, they also donated nearly 2,000 gallons of milk to local food banks that quickly ran out of supply.

Head to Page 8 to read their story!

Orr’s Farm Market of Martinsburg, West Virginia

A pandemic couldn't keep Mark Orr and his team at Orr's Market from helping customers in a time of need. They added a drive-up window for customers to use to pickup orders they placed online, and started taking reservations for their pick-your-own operation once stay-at-home orders were lifted.

Head to Page 10 to read their story!

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