The original McHale Farm Nursery, known as “The Farm,” was purchased in 1985. The 15-acre parcel was previously a tobacco farm. The owner benefited from the State of Maryland tobacco buyout plan and then sold the property to Kevin and Steve McHale. Although the soil was a good sandy clay loam, it needed to be reconditioned to provide proper conditions for nursery production. Most of the 15 acres was field pasture, however, the boy scouts planted 100 native White Pine trees on the property as part of a stewardship tree planting program. The trees have been preserved and now are beautiful 35’ tall mature White Pines.
Today “The Farm” functions as a profit center for the company. Through acquisitions of neighboring farms, it has grown from the original 15-acre parcel, to 35 acres of tree production and 2 acres of container plant production. A staff of 6 people purchase, grow, and care for the 35-acre farm and the diverse inventory or trees, shrubs and perennials. “The Farm” ensures the availability and quality of the plants installed on McHale Landscape Design projects throughout the Mid Atlantic region.