We Sell Dirt.  It has become kind of a thing now, as it has been in advertisements, beer coasters, shirts and it is easy way to tell folks what you do.  The six-year-old Aurelia even knows what Dad does now although she asks me a pointed question of why I sell dirt, but I will get to that later.  A farmer will say to me every once in a while, “it’s not dirt, it’s soil”.  Well I get that but “We Sell Soil” is just not as catchy.  I started selling dirt full-time in 2005 before I really knew what I was doing, (still figuring that out for the record), but trained as a biologist and having worked on farms all over the five state Chesapeake Bay watershed it was a kind of progression. Now, here I am licensed in three states with my team SVN Land Group.

I have come to recognize that I enjoy the pace of the business and the new challenges each day.  Perhaps it makes me a deal junkie, but I get great satisfaction from putting the deal together and finding ways for folks to work together.  I tried that for a while on Capitol Hill, and that turned out to not be my thing.  Turns out you need a generation to really affect change in that arena and my ADD would just not wait around “10 legislative cycles” to see an idea become policy.  In addition to Aurelia’s question, I watched a fellow deliver a Ted Talk this summer online where he discussed knowing your business and business motivations.

It is a fair series of questions.

What do we do?

Who do we do it for?

Why do we do it?

The next two blogs I will work to answer the next two.  Today I know the first one!



The SVN Land Group is a business unit of SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate formed to focus brokerage and advisory services on land based properties in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. SVN Land Group (SLG) brings together brokers and technical advisors with land specialties in agriculture, forestry, residential & commercial development, poultry farms, as well as hunting and conservation oriented properties. The SVN Land Group mission is to provide a lens of experience in land management, renewable energy and land use decisions for the land owner, farmer, investment group and or recreational buyer to reference in making decisions on how to manage existing land based assets or guide future land investments.

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