Manager selected for Naval Academy's organic teaching...

Business Digest

April 10, 2000

Manager selected for Naval Academy's organic teaching farm

Jan Stanton, former communications director for the American Dairy Association and executive director of the Dairy Council, has been named farm and education center manager for Horizon Organic Dairy's Naval Academy Farm.

The company -- the nation's largest producer of organic dairy products -- signed a 10-year lease last year to take over the 865-acre farm, which had been operated by the academy since 1911. It is being renovated as a teaching farm, where visitors can learn about the interaction of agriculture and the environment. It is scheduled to open in September.

Stanton will be responsible for planning interactive exhibits, entertainment and educational events. The working farm will feature cow milking, milk tastings and opportunities to meet the animals. The farm will avoid the use of fertilizers, pesticides or antibiotics.

The farm will be open year-round and serve as home to animals including the Naval Academy's mascot, a goat named Bill.

Horizon Organic Dairy owns farms in Maryland, Colorado and Idaho, and produces organic milk, eggs and juices.

Mullan Contracting picked to build exchange offices

Mullan Contracting Co. has been awarded the contract to build the six-story Annapolis Exchange building on Jennifer Road, a $10 million project.

The 120,000-square-foot building will be the first to be constructed at the Annapolis Exchange Office Park, which will feature jogging trails through a 7-acre environmental preserve, a scenic bridge, extensive landscaping, brick sidewalks and decorative streetlights.

Design of the initial building features exterior surfaces of brick on lower levels and a limestone finish with precast panels on the upper levels. It will include parking facilities.

Construction has begun, and work is expected to be completed by Feb. 1.

The Lutherville-based general contracting firm was founded in 1904.

Eastport business group names its new president

Carey Kirk, a residential, commercial and yacht interior designer, was elected president of the Eastport Business Association last week.

Others taking office for 2000-2001 are Paul Meyer, co-owner of O'Leary's Seafood Restaurant, vice president; Nancy McGuire of Annapolis Bank & Trust, treasurer; and Judy Templeton of W&P Nautical, secretary. Board members at-large include Larry Belkov of Belkov Yacht Carpentry and Andie McCullars, the association's immediate past president and owner, founder and publisher of the magazine Inside Annapolis.

Kirk plans to launch an aggressive marketing campaign to raise the profile of the association, the group said in its announcement of the new officers. Radio spots, print ads, wider distribution of its membership brochure and development of a Web site are some of the marketing tools under consideration.

Conflict resolution center offers class for managers

Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center is offering a two-day training program, "Facilitation Skills for Managers," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 and 18.

The workshop is intended for managers who wish to develop more effective skills for leading their work groups. Participants will learn to help groups solve problems, make good decisions, encourage creativity and develop commitment to shared goals.

The cost is $300, and includes materials, lunch and snacks. Information: 410-266-9033.

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