Despite existing in a wooded hollow of Catoctin Mountain, ThorpeWood’s beauty and achievements still make themselves known down in Frederick. This month alone, our farm has received public recognition twice. First, on September 6th, the Frederick Non-Profit Alliance recognized the efforts of our lovely program director, Sam Castleman, at the Touching Lives Awards Breakfast, which recognizes non-profit workers who stand out in their efforts to positively impact those around them. In recognition of Sam’s work at ThorpeWood, the event included this passage in their program:
“Sam has had a huge impact on the children of Frederick Country and other areas over the past 15 years. Most recently, and for the last 6 years, ThorpeWood has developed an amazing partnership with the Frederick Country Head Start Program – touching the lives of countless 3-5 year old children…and sometimes adults! Sam is beyond compassionate when it comes to working with children…some non-English speakers, some non-verbal, some still in diapers, some full of fear. To say that Sam loves his job is an understatement! He is loved!”
Later in the month, the Great Frederick Fair recognized the beauty of our farm, as captured by Wendy McLean. Her beautiful portrait of our barn cat, Kappinn, won second place out of thirty two entries in the farm animals category. She received another red ribbon for her still life of our halter racks in the miscellaneous black and white photography category. Her final farm photo framed our homestead barn, with a “wedding wagon” parked out front. Although this photo didn’t place, it still was on display for all to see. We thank Wendy and her great artistry for showing the hidden little beauties of our farm to all that attended the fair.