David is the son of Talmadge Rose, who died when David was 12, and Leonora Rose. The primary focus of Clear Meadow shifted to row crops when Nancy and David took it over in the 1970s.
David Rose grew up about half a mile from the nearby My Lady’s Manor Farm in Monkton.
She stressed that “they need to pursue what they really, really love doing.”“I always tell my children, and I’ll tell my grandchildren, ‘You pursue your own wishes and your own interests; don’t do something just because somebody wants you to do it,’” Nancy said.
“We really feel blessed that they are so compatible.”The couple has nine grandchildren, and some have taken an interest in agriculture.The cattle are born, raise and “fattened” on the farm.She stressed the herd is raised “all natural” without antibiotics or growth hormones.David worked as a youth with Nancy’s uncle, Clifford “Cliff” Smith, who farmed the land that is now the Troyer Road side of Clear Meadow — Nancy’s father’s land was along the Norrisville Road side of the property, and both properties have since been combined. David and Nancy knew each other through Bethel Presbyterian Church in White Hall. David said he worked as a machinist and tool and die maker before becoming a farmer.They attended North Harford High School in Pylesville, where they started dating. He got Nancy’s father’s blessing to shift Clear Meadow to crops, and Hap Smith sold the dairy herd in 1976, she said.“Congratulations to my dad for having ...