The Dell Family

Westminster, Md. 

Four generations of the Dell family, including six families and 21 family members, depend on a farm located in the hills of Carroll County, Md., outside of Westminster. Since being introduced to Farm Journal readers, the Dells are well on their way to unraveling the transition puzzle one step at a time. Several family members have met their retirement goals. The dairy is now owned and operated by a husband-and-wife team in the third generation. An employment policy is in place if the fourth generation wishes to join the farm.

With professional guidance, the family is working together to deal with the challenge of losing Tommy Dell, one of the main figures in the farm’s future. Central to this effort is concentrating on securing the farm’s finances so it is there for generations to come.