Mission & Who We Are
Connect our members to our farm by providing the best source of organic vegetables possible coupled with an incomparable farm experience.
We offer fresh, nutrient rich, flavorful fruits and vegetables on site through our Community Supported Agriculture, CSA, program. Proud to serve Eastern Howard County, Columbia, Laurel and all adjacent areas in Maryland just off Interstate 95 in a convenient location between Baltimore & Washington DC. We deliver a unique and educational experience filled with quality and consistency.
We grow everything with organic methods. We use OMRI (organic materials review institute) products for fertilization, disease and pest management. We employ integrated pest management, IPM, strategies and always aim towards sustainability in all that we do. We build compost for supplementing our plants nutrition and the soils overall health. We strategically cover crop our ground to protect from erosion, feed our soil, maintain and offset fertility issues.
Dave & Lydia Liker moved back home to Maryland in the fall of 2008 to build and start Gorman Farm. After extensively reviewing the market and searching for the right piece ground Gorman Farm opened for it’s first season of production in 2009. After 6 growing seasons on what started as raw land with no road, no water, no power & no functional infrastructure Gorman Farm has been turned into a functional operating full scale organic farm.
The first season started with about 2.5 acres of crop production and a 28 member CSA. Five years later Gorman Farm ended with over 440 CSA members and approximately 25 acres in crop production. We employ up to ten full time employees in the peak of the season and offer a variety of public openings from Pick your own strawberries, Pumpkin sales, & Christmas Trees sales which have added value to the farm.
Over the course of several seasons we have experimented with different avenues of marketing our produce while always maintaining a #1 focus on our CSA program. It is the CSA program that is the driving force and the reason the farm exists today. After several seasons growing and expanding a full scale farm market, participating in off site farmers markets, selling wholesale to restaurants and other farm stands, we are scaling back our efforts to focus almost 100% on the CSA part of the farm. The farm has matured quickly over a short period of time to obtain the original mission it set out to do.
With the mission being focused on Community we aim to expand our CSA program's value through a strong connection to the farm as most of the members are neighbors. We aim to provide an interactive and educational elements to our CSA program where friends, family, neighbors and farmers can come together to help one another lead strong and fulfilling lives. We feel honored to be in such a wonderful community that not only values what we do but also has a strong interest and desire for our products.
We are always seeking new opportunities, more land to grow on, and passionately seeking to continue our education as farmers and community care takers to run the best possible business we can.
Who We Are
Gorman Farm has a stellar staff of highly talented and motivated individuals who are directly responsible, along side Dave & Lydia for creating and providing a high quality product. Gorman Farm is dedicated to its staff as they work hard with conscientiousness and dedication. The farm is a sum of its parts and we are dedicated to them.
Dave & Lydia Liker with Children
Gioia age 5, Madeleine Matou age 3, & David Shepard a.k.a "Shep" age 2
Marc is Farmer Dave’s older brother and moved to Maryland in 2010 from Southern Ca. to help launch the farm. Marc has had one of the most influential roles getting the farm up and running. His never ending dedication and skill set that he brought to the table helped Gorman Farm create its brand, develop its reputation, grow into what it is today. His unique and ambitious attention to detail and aesthetics brought about a feel to the farm that’s hard to beat.
Marc has spent most of his adult career working in the music business as a produce / engineer / musician. He is a highly accomplished musician with two Grammy awards under his belt and a stellar resume working with and performing with artists from Ziggy Marley, Madonna, Roger Waters, Rage Against the Machine and many more.
Sarah will be starting her 2nd season with us in 2015 as the CSA Manager. She runs the distribution, customer service, quality control, social media, and several administration aspects of the farm. Sarah is also responsible for synchronizing the product from the field production crew to the customer base. Sarah is a native from MA. She has a lot experience in agriculture production and distribution. She is highly focused and growing strong with in Gorman Farm. Her friendly proactive and productive energy is a warm element to have on our team and we are very fortunate to have her.
Field Production Manager
Ricardo has been managing the field crew and production systems along side Farmer Dave since 2010. Ricardo maintains a crucial role in the farm and maintains a high quality ethic for what he does. Ricardo’s dedication to the farm has helped Gorman Farm soar to the levels it has in such a short period. We are so fortunate to have Ricardo and his consistent dedication and attention to detail. Ricardo is responsible for all the crop management systems on the farm from planting up through harvest. He maintains constant care and dedication for the needs of the crops.