Family Farm Expands to Caroline County

MAY 2014, GOLDSBORO, MD – Elceed Farms of Westover, MD, owned by Brian and Sarah Johnson, has expanded their operations by acquiring a 630 acre property in Goldsboro, MD.  Elceed Farms is a multiple generation farm operation and this acquisition will be an additional cornerstone in the growth of their family-run business.  The farm located at 26540 Sandtown Road in Goldsboro was listed and sold by Ben Alder of the Alder Land Group at Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate. The property was previously owned by the estate of Frances Robinson. It sold for $2,250,000. “In my opinion this transition for the farm is the best scenario for the strength of the agricultural community as a young growing farm family will be taking this land into the next generation of farming in Caroline County” said Ben Alder of the Alder Land Group.

Brian Johnson, the new owner of the property states, “Sarah and I were excited to find this farm and believed it would be a good addition to our operation to add capacity with a farm further north on the Shore. Growing our operation into Caroline County will help us bring on the next generation of farmers in our family just as my Father and Grandfather did for me.”

The farm is in Maryland Agricultural Preservation and it was determined by Ms. Frances Robinson prior to her death that this farm as well as her farm in Howard County would be protected from development and their uses be restricted to agricultural.  Joe Novotny, Trustee for the Estate stated, “Not only as the Executor of Frances’ estate but also as her friend of fifty years, I am convinced that she would be most pleased with this sale. She would be delighted that the Johnson’s, who have such a rich family farming history, will own and continue to operate this farm.”

A report recently released by Maryland Department of Agriculture stated that agricultural land may be turning the corner on losing ground to development.  Over the past 82 years, farm land has been eroded by nearly 1.4M acres.  According to the MD Department of Agriculture, farming is a critical part of Maryland’s economic engine; it contributes more than $8.25 Billion dollars in receipts to Maryland’s economy.   “It is always a positive sign in our local rural economy to witness an agricultural transfer of this size as it demonstrates not only the strength of agriculture in our state but also the financial strength of Maryland’s farm families” Alder further stated.

For information on other available farms in Maryland, Delaware, or Virginia, contact Ben Alder at or call 410-543-2440.


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