Voices of Giving: Jim Gorman and Dorothy Gorman
Nominated by: Gorman Heritage Farm Foundation (Awarded Posthumously)
Jim Gorman and his sister, Dorothy Gorman, were the last surviving members of acreage farmed by one family since 1835. Gorman Heritage Farm is the only remaining working farm in the Mill Creek Valley today.
The Gormans gave the farm outright to the community through a life estate. They also left an endowment for the maintenance of the farm, its historic buildings, and for special educational programming. Their generous intent was to preserve a special historical asset so that our community, especially children, could learn about the importance of their agricultural heritage.
Today, Gorman Heritage Farm hosts over 30,000 visitors each year who enjoy learning about the farm, hiking its trails, and strolling through its gardens. The farm also offers sustainably grown produce, honey, flowers, and meat products.
Both Jim and Dorothy have passed away, but their work continues to grow and thrive at Gorman Heritage Farm, which has been nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Farms.
Our community is truly blessed to have such a special and unique resource to enjoy and learn from. We are eternally indebted to Jim Gorman and Dorothy Gorman for their priceless and lasting gift to us all.