White Rose Farm Circle, Inc.

These people are now serving as Board Members of the White Rose Farm Circle, a non-profit organization. Its vision is to create a model of community that empowers people to restore health to the land, the natural world and each other.  

Laurel Brennan is our President. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Roanoke College and a Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University. She has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2008 for a variety of populations from ages 4 to 94. She completed her 200 hour RYT through YogaFit and enjoys every chance to blend her background in OT with yoga to maximize the benefits for her clients. She practices Occupational Therapy with adult and geriatric populations with a specialty in dementia and healthy aging. She grew up in Westminster and has been married to her husband Mel since 1999 and is a mother of three children. She enjoys the continuous dance that life and yoga provide, always seeking to find balance through consistent learning and ongoing love.

Christine Pilson is our Secretary. She lives in Taneytown, MD and is a part-time Health Coach certified by the Institute For Integrative Nutrition. She enjoys all things related to health and wellness, as well as spending time with her family, doing anything outdoors, and taking a good road trip!


Darlene Bromwell serves as our Treasurer.  She has been married for 40 years to Edward Bromwell, and has two children, Bethany and Zachary Bromwell. She has lived in Carroll County for 40 years, and has been a bookkeeper for 34 years. She loves to travel and has a large bucket list! She will be a first time Grandmom in July 2018!

Scott Freeland managed a 10-acre garden at the Satchidananda Ashram at Yogaville in Buckingham County, Virginia last year. He planned, supervised and managed the garden that supplied vegetables to the Ashram's kitchen. It feeds some 150 people 3 meals a day. He has negotiated contracts with other farms to provide food for the kitchen. He has networked with regional food producers to save seeds and promote sustainability. Scott volunteered at White Rose Farm in 2011. He had previously managed stores for the top 3 automotive repair companies in America.


Karen Holway graduated with an MBA from the University of Baltimore in 1985. She served as Project Manager for a variety of banks where she was responsible for bank mergers and system upgrades. She later worked with her husband in their custom furniture-making business, handling the marketing and finances as well as building custom furniture. Karen has visited the farm and attended our 10th Anniversary Barn Dance.



Margaret Crowther specializes in teaching Horticulture to students with special needs. Currently she is working at St. Elizabeth School in Baltimore City. She also is a founding member and Chair of the Green Committee for the school, and has shown leadership in obtaining Green School status for St. Elizabeth. Developing environmental practices and awareness has been an important goal for Margaret throughout her career. Margaret also has entrepreneurial and business experience as an owner of a flower shop and a catering business and continues to use all of these skills in her present work. She often uses those skills at the seasonal events hosted at White Rose Farm.  


Richard Swerling is a retired pharmacist living in Baltimore, Maryland. He has degrees in both biology and pharmacy.  He has a keen interest in the work of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner especially his philosophy (anthroposophy) and his approach to agriculture: biodynamic farming. This approach sees the earth and land as living organisms with roots in both the physical and spiritual worlds. Since he retired, he has sought to reconnect to the land in a very real and caring way. 

Renee Deiaco has a degree in art education and recently retired as a senior center manager, a job she held for 18 years. She is a certified teacher of Radiant Lotus Women's Qigong, an Usui Reiki Master and Holy Fire Karuna© Reiki Master.  Renee wants to facilitate healing through Reiki, Qigong and her day-to-day interactions. She lives in Westminster with her husband. She has 3 grown children, 5 grandchildren, 2 cats and one dog. 

Holly L. Shipley, is our volunteer CPA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting with a minor in Business Administration.  She became a Certified Public Accountant in August 1993. Holly provides tax, accounting and business advisory services to a diverse client base, comprised of individuals, partnerships, LLC's, corporations and non-profits.  She is a member of the Maryland Society of Accountants & Tax Professionals, the National Society of Accountants and Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Media Center in Westminster, MD. Holly is an active member of her church and is involved in her children’s sports activities. She enjoys exercising, scrap-booking, and reading. 



Quiet time is starting....

Hazel is back! She is pregnant and due midwinter. Our thanks to Leah Mack, at whose farm Hazel and Daisy spent the summer with a virile bull.  Now we want to find Daisy, a pure-bred Jersey, a new home. She is pregnant and due mid-spring. Interested? Please contact me. Thanks. Sally    

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White Rose Farm Circle, Inc. fosters community to empower people to work together to restore health to the land, the natural world and each other. Learn more about membership and/or donate to support our 501-c-3 non-profit organization. 

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