Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 205
Premiere air date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7pm on MPT-HD
Program preview:

Episode Description
  • We all know crops start with a seed—but where do the seeds come from? Somerset County Farmer Kevin Anderson has the answer, as he and Joanne tour his farm and seed-cleaning facility—a place that provides seeds found on farms up and down the East coast.
  • You could call beekeeper Rick Nestler the “bee whisperer.” Every year he brings his bees to Distillery Lane Ciderworks to help owner Rob White pollinate his orchard. Many crops need bees to help with pollination. That’s why the Maryland Department of Agriculture employs Klinker, a 7-year-old black lab who can sniff out diseases that threaten bees.
  • Join Joanne as she visits the state fair, and even learns to milk a cow with the help of dairy farmer Jo-Ann Chason of Hydes.
  • The Local Buy: Al Spoler visits a farm in Fulton known for its exotic citrus.

Production stills from episode 205

Asparagus Buncher

This tool dates to the late 1800s, when farmers would use it to help bundle asparagus. (A fun extra—here’s a patent for a tool like this: