Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 206
Premiere air date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7pm on MPT-HD
Program preview:

Episode Description
  • Eastern Shore Farmer Mike Mielke harvests crabs before the sun comes up, then he hops on his tractor to harvest corn and soybeans. The two hats he wears as both a farmer and a waterman put him in a unique position to understand why it’s so important for farmers and environmentalists to work together.
  • Joanne gets a look at the future of agriculture. United States Agricultural Research Service Scientists have come up with things like instant mashed potatoes, hybridized corn, and commercial blueberries. The largest research facility is right here in Maryland: The Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.
  • Iraq Veteran Sarah Williams is using some four-legged therapists to help other veterans suffering from PTSD. On a former farm-turned-state park in Hollywood Maryland, she and a team of experts prove the barn can be a place for healing. If you or a loved one could benefit from Operation Warrior Refuge, you can find more information here:
  • The Local Buy: Al Spoler visits the hottest cookout in town: The Governor’s Buy Local Cookout. Link to the Full 2014 Buy Local Cookbook:

Production stills from episode 206

Loose Hay Cutter

In the time before hay was gathered into bales, farmers would use a tool like this one to cut loose hay.