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County family receives Century Farm designation

November 23, 2004

ANNAPOLIS - Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele honored Maryland's farm families for their commitment to farming and leadership in preserving agricultural land by presenting Century Farm designations Nov. 16 to eight families who have farmed the same land for more than 100 years.

One of the farm families honored is from Washington County.

Felfoot Farm, on Dogstreet Road near Keedysville, is a 406-acre corn, soybean and hay farm that also has produced a variety of livestock. Established in 1889, the farm is now owned by Austin A. Flook, Joanne M. Flook and Dwayne A. Flook.

Of special note, in 1916, milk was sent from the farm by cans on trains going east, according to a Maryland Department of Agriculture press release.

Since the Century Farm program began in 1994, 128 farms - about 1 percent of the state's 12,200 farms - have received that designation.

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"Maryland's farmers are the backbone of our economy," Steele said. "The Century Farm families we honor today have played a significant role in making agriculture the leading industry in Maryland."

The oldest farm honored was the 60-acre Ridout-Brice Farm, established in 1793 in Anne Arundel County by ancestors of Anne R. Brice, the current owner. The 211-year-old farm now grows sod and boards horses. In the past it has produced corn, oats, hay, soybeans, mixed pasture plants and a variety of livestock.

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