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Roberts Roost Farm
Contact: Cathy Tipper and Dick Mansberger
Address: 15541 Carroll Road Monkton, MD, 21111
Email Address: crtipper@aol.com
Phone: 410-218-3620
About Us
Cathy Tipper and Dick Mansberger live and work on our small diversified farm in Baltimore County. We focus on using organic methods to grow vegetables, berries, and herbs mostly selecting varieties that have the most nutrition. We offer a wide range of products which helps maintain the nutritional value of the soil while keeping our environment in balance, just one of our many sustainable farming methods. Because of the large diversity and since we have not invested in more help, we offer small quantities at a time. Cathy does most of the harvesting while Dick does most of the hard work. Along with selling to CF2T we also offer a CSA share for pick up from the farm on weekdays. While Roberts Roost Farm is not yet profitable and we are not able to pay ourselves for our long hours, we are realizing this is typical of small time farming. But we do believe in hard work and hope to better understand and support the ability of our small local farms to provide local fresh nutritional food to our community in and around Baltimore City. We find dozens of reasons for farming including the value of working with other small farmers to be able to offer a wider more consistent product selection for our faithful chefs and consumers while trying to improve the success of our Beginner Farmer Training Program - Future Harvest CASA. Thank you chefs and consumers for supporting Chesapeake Farm To Table and thereby supporting dozens of small family farms mostly located in the region north of Baltimore. With most of our farmers nearing retirement, we are about to have a huge amount of land that will need new stewards or else the land may be developed. We believe we need to save the land for the health of the environment and for future generations. How can we save the land as it changes hands when small farms struggle so?
Practices
We grow using organic and sustainable techniques. Improving the soil and natural environment here is a high priority, inputs such as compost are sourced locally and organic certified. The 20 acre farm uses geothermal, solar, and lots of manpower for energy while maintaining the majority of the farm in newly planted native trees, bushes, and a fescue clover mix cover crop buffering the small stream which feeds into the Gunpowder River (Baltimore's water source). The crop diversity on the less than 2 acres that we farm necessitates multiple rotations and management of balancing the nutrients in the soil and crops.

We feel passionate about helping to bring local, healthy, and sustainable food to the Baltimore area, and love our time spent out on the farm.