Agriculture group negotiating move to Harford County

January 22, 1998|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

A nonprofit foundation dedicated to agricultural education might soon make its home near Havre de Grace, Harford County officials said yesterday.

The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation must relocate from its site in Baltimore, which is being sold, and is negotiating with county officials to move to the 465-acre Swan Harbor Farm south of Havre de Grace.

County officials said the foundation would be given a 20-year, no-cost lease for the use of a barn for office space, in addition to a greenhouse. Steve Connelly, executive director for the foundation, said his organization hopes to establish an agricultural science classroom at the farm.

"We hope to be able to bring in teachers from around the state and do training there," Connelly said. "The majority of the classroom will be lab space, and we hope to have a good computer lab area where we can keep up with the emerging technology dealing with the agriculture community."

C. John Sullivan III, agricultural coordinator for the Harford County Office of Economic Development, said the county's state delegation is proposing a $100,000 state bond bill to help defray building costs for the classroom.

The foundation would match those funds. The county would pay to renovate the barn and the greenhouse and to build public restrooms, Sullivan said.

County officials have proposed naming the facility after William H. Amoss, a Harford County state senator who grew up on a farm and died last year.

Pub Date: 1/22/98

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