Maryland Public Television’s (MPT) popular original series Maryland Farm & Harvest, now in its fifth season, will feature farms in Anne Arundel, Charles, Harford and Howard counties during a Christmas-themed episode airing Tuesday, December 19 at 7 p.m.
The upcoming episode features the following segments:
- Jarrettsville Nurseries, in Street (Harford County). The episode begins with the story about how the Harford County farm community rallied around the Saulsbury family last year after patriarch, Boyd Saulsbury, died of cancer. Neighboring farm families came together to help the Saulsburys as they worked to open their Christmas tree farm, Jarrettsville Nurseries, to customers for the first time since Boyd’s death. Viewers are introduced to Boyd’s wife Dana as well as their son Brandon, who has taken over operation of the popular tree farm. The farm donates a portion of its proceeds to the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance.
- Bunker Hill Farm, in Newburg (Charles County). One of the country’s leading advocates for corn growers doesn’t hail from the Midwest. Rather, it’s on a farm in Charles County where Maryland Farm & Harvest caught up with Chip Bowling – former president and chairman of the National Corn Growers Association and current vice chairperson of the U.S. Farmers and Rancher’s Alliance. Chip operates a 400-plus acre farm in Newburg along the Wicomico River. In addition to planting, managing and harvesting corn on his farm, Chip has traveled across the country about 200 days annually in recent years as part of his leadership role with the National Corn Growers Association.
- Greenstreet Gardens in Lothian (Anne Arundel County). This segment takes viewers to Greenstreet Gardens nursery located in Anne Arundel County. Greenstreet Gardens has installed 10 living walls in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. commercial buildings. These walls not only look beautiful, they serve as a biological filter and create cleaner air. A recently completed 780-sq.-ft. installation in a northern Virginia building featured in this segment uses 2,800 plants to help filter one-million cubic feet of air each day and is the largest such “bio-wall” in the Washington, D.C. area.
- Larriland Farm in Woodbine (Howard County). During this episode on “The Local Buy” segment, host Al Spoler gets a tour from farmers Lynn and Emily Moore through the family’s western Howard County fruit and vegetable farm and market. Al then samples fresh peach cobbler using just-picked fruit. The recipe for the Moore family’s peach cobbler is available at mpt.org/farm
.Maryland Farm & Harvest takes viewers on a journey across the state, telling stories about the farms, people, and technology required to sustain and grow Maryland’s number one industry: agriculture. Over the past year, MPT’s production team has filmed stories at more than four dozen farms in preparation for the new season. Maryland’s rich agricultural heritage, the importance of bees, and growing crops in the face of changing weather patterns are among themes covered in depth during upcoming episodes.
Nearly five million viewers have tuned in to Maryland Farm & Harvest since its fall 2013 debut. The series has visited more than 200 farms in its first four seasons, covering every Maryland county, as well as Baltimore City and Washington, D.C.
Joanne Clendining, who earned an Emmy® from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for her work as Maryland Farm & Harvest host, returns for season five. She is joined by Al Spoler, co-host of WYPR-FM’s “Cellar Notes” and “Radio Kitchen” programs, who hosts The Local Buy segment during each episode.
Maryland Farm & Harvest airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on MPT-HD and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 11:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6 a.m. Each show also airs on MPT2 Fridays at 7:30 p.m. More information about the series is available at mpt.org/farm
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Agriculture is Maryland’s largest commercial industry, contributing more than $17 billion in revenue each year. As of 2016 approximately 350,000 Marylanders are employed in some aspect of agriculture. The state has 12,300 farms accounting for approximately two million acres, with nearly 6,000 full-time farmers. Today, 110 farms and more than 7,679 acres are certified organic in Maryland.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture is MPT’s co-production partner for Maryland Farm & Harvest. Major funding is provided by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board.
Additional funding is provided by Maryland’s Best; MidAtlantic Farm Credit; the Maryland Agricultural Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation; the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation; and the Maryland Soybean Board.
Other support comes from Wegmans Food Markets; the Maryland Nursery, Landscape & Greenhouse Association; the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.; the University of Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative; the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts; the Maryland Farm Bureau Service Company, and by Mar-Del Watermelon Association; Hoffman Irrigation, LLC, an authorized Valley Irrigation dealer; Chesapeake College; and the Rural Maryland Council.