Our Story

CopperOur farm, the Copper Penny Farm, is currently located in Hanover, Maryland, midway between PennyWashington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland.  We are a small family farm and believe in raising animals humanely and allowing them to live as naturally as possible.  

The idea for Copper Penny Farm began in 2005, when we, Chuck and Nancy Gardetto, first met.  We quickly discovered two things:  first, we each owned a dog, one named Copper and the other named Penny, and second, we had a mutual interest in raising animals and playing in the dirt.  We both were working “real” office-type jobs at the time, and we surprised many of our friends when we purchased a hidden gem of land in Hanover, Maryland, and declared ourselves farmers.   First came the chickens, then a couple of pigs.  And as fencing went up, so did the variety of animals increase.  (Although if we are to stick to the absolute truth, usually the animals arrived first, followed by a mad rush to put up fencing to contain them!)  After reading every farming book and magazine we could find, and after talking with every farmer who would answer our endless questions, we found that we liked the idea of sustainable farming and heritage animals.  And so Copper Penny Farm began to take shape with heritage pigs, Katahdin sheep, Galloway-cross steer, plus a flock of ducks and chickens.  

And now, in 2019, we are excited to announce that Copper Penny Farm will be expanding!  We have recently purchased a much larger and much more open piece of property in Adamstown, Maryland.  Copper Penny Farm 2.0 will allow us to expand our pasture-based farming into new directions.  We look forward to sharing our new adventure with you!