About the Farmer / Owner - Rick Hood
Rick Hood started Summer Creek Farm in 1992 after operating a small organic market
garden since 1984. Rick's family came from agricultural backgrounds and always had a
desire to be close to the land. His background in engineering and marketing lent skills
to a small farm business that are invaluable.
Rick has been active in the agricultural community for many years. He has served as
president/chairperson on MOFFA (Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association),
MCOGC (Maryland Certified Organic Growers Cooperative), Frederick Farmers
Markets. He has served on the board of Future Harvest CASA and the board of the
Frederick County Agricultural Business Council (ABC) .
In 2004 Rick was awarded a Honorable Mention in the USDA's Patrick Madden Award, A
program to recognize leaders in Sustainable Agriculture. In 2004 Rick graduated from
Leadership Frederick County.
Summer Creek farm is an accomplished farm growing vegetables poultry, and grains.
Summer Creek markets directly through farmers markets, CSA's and wholesale
accounts. Summer Creek also does alternative energy work and offers education classes
to other farmers and people interested in Organic Agriculture.
Rick is also a certified Operator Nutrient Management Planner.
About the Farmer