Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 203
Premiere air date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 7pm on MPT-HD
Program preview:

Episode Description
  • As part of the “Farm to Food Bank” program, generous local farmers work with the Maryland Food Bank to donate produce to needy people, all year round.
  • Fast-growing fungi double in size every 24 hours, as Joanne learns during her trip to Philips Mushroom Farm in Warwick, Md. Mushrooms are planted and harvested 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—before they’re cleaned, packaged, and shipped across the Eastern United States.
  • Students at North Harford High School are getting an ag education usually reserved for students much further along in their educational careers, thanks to a new magnet program that merges science and technology with barnyard basics.
  • The Local Buy: Apple picking at Weber’s Cider Mill Farm in Baltimore County.
  • Then & Now: Maryland Amish

Production stills from episode 203

Hand Corn Seed Planter

Unlike grain, corn seed needs to be planted one at a time. In the early 1900s, this tool helped farmers with the process. Seed was kept in the mesh container at the top; pressing the mechanism would release seed into the soil.