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friendly face STORY AND PHOTOS BY ANDREA HAINES | A GENERAL HUNT FOR THE DEFINITION OF “LEADERSHIP” FINDS YOU

THESE DESCRIPTIONS: STRONG COMMUNICATION, PASSION AND COMMITMENT, POSITIVITY, AND COLLABORATION.

G I V I N G T when needed, but sharing that open F O E F I L “I then moved on to the [retail] Ocommunication between members is inA 1914. grandfather John Baumgardner began

A visit to The Harvest Barn Country Market in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to

agriculture hay business, beef raising, and farming

important. The role of a director is an

produce. It was through this transition that

honor and to be taken seriously. After all

I gained the most businesses relationships.”

we are the voice of the fellow farmers that

Collaboration is a strong business trait for

entrust their livelihoods and investments.”

you feel like you’ve known him for years.

the farmer. He’s learned this by serving on

Paul describes his experiences on

It was apparent to me, observing for just

many boards over the years, specifically

a short while, the excitement and general

MidAtlantic Farm Credit’s Board of Directors.

have a chat with the market’s owner, Paul D. Baumgardner, reminded me of a few of those key descriptions. What I found was a positive, friendly face; a man that makes

the board to be positive and innovative.

TO T H E F U T “We always went to these ‘learning N I G N has served as Chairman of the Usessions’ , and I would come back to my interest he took in each visitor crossing the Y I Paul R L E F own business pumped up and ready Board of Directors, Vice Chairman, and market’s threshold.

of agriculture member of the audit committee for

to apply what I had learned,” he shares.

Emmitsburg, Maryland, Paul is now heavily

MidAtlantic Farm Credit. “The first two

“It’s encouraging and a privilege to be

invested in the operations of the market.

to three years on the board, you learn

surrounded by like-minded and smart

“I milked cows for some time,” he explains.

to listen,” he says with a grin, reflecting

people. I know it’s what has helped me

The farm has changed a good bit since his

on his induction in 2005. “Offering input

grow over the years.”

A once acclaimed dairy farmer from

THE HARVEST BARN COUNTRY MARKET

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shifting economic megatrends

IS WHERE CONSUMERS GO TO LEARN A LITTLE ABOUT AGRICULTURE AND

TAKE FRESH, LOCAL PRODUCTS HOME. THE BAKERY CASE OFFERS SWEET TREATS TO HUNGRY SHOPPERS WHILE THEY BROWSE THROUGH LOCAL HANDMADE GIFTS. YOUNGER GUESTS CAN ENJOY THE OLD FASHIONED

CANDY BOOTH. VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT HARVESTBARNCOUNTRYMARKET.COM FOR A LIST OF VENDORS AND PRODUCTS OFFERED.

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