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Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 501

Premiere air date: Tuesday, November 14, 2016 at 7pm on MPT-HD

Program preview

Episode Description

  • The premiere episode explores the top secret world of agriculture statistics. We'll go from farmer Susan Watson White's Robin Hill Farm in Prince George's County—a vineyard and rustic wedding venue that, with past lives as a tobacco farm, greenhouse, and hog operation, is a microcosm of Maryland's agricultural history—to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, where an armed guard stands watch over crop reports before they are transmitted around the globe. https://www.robinhillfarmandvineyards.com/   https://www.nass.usda.gov/
  • Kevin Warren is a veteran Navy Aircrewman and a fledgling farmer. With warmth and humor, Kevin takes us through the ups and downs of transitioning from a career on the sea and in the sky to one planted firmly on land. The produce he raises on his farm, Rosemary Ranch in Calvert County, is marketed under the Maryland Department of Agriculture's Homegrown by Heroes program. https://www.rosemaryranch.com/
    For more information about the Homegrown by Heroes program, visit http://marylandsbest.net/homegrown-by-heroes/.
  • The Williams family has been working the land at Red Acres Farm in Kent County for more than a century, but the latest addition to their farm is something their ancestors never could have imagined: a hydroponic greenhouse. Farmer Bryan Williams explains how a nearby high school inspired him to start growing hydroponic lettuce, and why he hopes the greenhouse will help his son, B, have a future on the farm. http://redacreshydro.com/
  • The Local Buy: Al Spoler's trying a bulb that's both flavorful and intense: gourmet hardneck garlic. At Nature's Garlic Farm in Talbot County, farmer Jim Reinhardt explains how the garlic is grown, harvested, and what to do with the delicious but underutilized garlic scape. https://www.naturesgarlicfarm.com/
  • Then & Now: Census of Agriculture

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Thingamajig

Citrus Caliper

This is a citrus caliper that was once used by the folks at the National Agricultural Statistics Service to measure the circumference of citrus fruits.

Citrus Caliper

Thingamajig provided by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.