College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Jordan Thomas ('81)

Biography: 

Jordan Thomas – Campus Farm Revitalization Inaugural Donor

Donation: $1,000


After being involved with the University of Maryland’s Campus Farm in various capacities over several decades, it seems fitting that Jordan Thomas ’81 made the first official gift to kick off the Campus Farm Revitalization project.
Jordan spent over 30 years on the university’s farms, beginning as a student worker with the dairy herd on campus in 1973. He transferred to the livestock barns when the milking herd moved to the Clarksville facility of the Central Maryland Research and Education Center in 1987. In 1998, the Agriculture Student Council dedicated the 73rd Annual Ag Day to Jordan citing his passionate support of student activities and classes that utilize the Campus Farm as a laboratory and resource.
Besides managing the Campus Farm’s daily operations and a continually changing crew of student workers, Jordan also assisted with teaching labs in the Department of Animal & Avian Sciences and hosted numerous school field trips. As a founder of the “Lamb Watch” class, he helped students get hands-on experience with sheep and lambs. Jordan was also vital to organizing the annual livestock shows for Ag Day, where his sheep shearing demonstrations always served as a highlight for campus visitors.
Jordan and his family make their home in Chambersburg, PA now, but he keeps in touch with former students and colleagues from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) and across campus and is still a regular attendee at Ag Day, albeit in a much more relaxed role as spectator. He followed the preliminary discussions about the revitalization of the Campus Farm and wanted to make an initial gift to demonstrate “how happy I am that, under the leadership of Dean Wei and Dr. Tom Porter, this much-needed revitalization is underway. I look forward to following the process, offering ideas, and seeing the next generation of AGNR students, farm crew and the greater community reaping the benefits of this project.”
Jordan will join others at the Maryland Day / Ag Day breakfast on April 27th to get a progress report on this exciting campus and AGNR project. For more information contact Brian Magness at 301-405-7733 bmagness@umd.edu.

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