Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 211
Premiere air date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7pm on MPT-HD
Program preview:

Episode Description
  • Machines have done a lot to improve the efficiency of the modern farm, but they can’t do everything. Bob Arnold of Arnold Farms explains why many fruits and vegetables must be cared for and harvested by hand.
  • Here’s a bright way to manage mountains of chicken manure-use it to create electricity! One enterprising Worcester County farmer and his business partner explain what they’re doing-and why.
  • “Maryland Farm and Harvest” visits a grain elevator on the eastern shore; this is the second in a four-part series on the economics of grain farming. When farmers bring their grain to an elevator, like Nagel Farm Service-they’re sending it on the way to be a part of a global market.
  • The Local Buy: Al Spoler is about to enjoy a feathered feast-and he’s not trying duck, chicken or turkey. Find out what there is to love about pheasant.

Production stills from episode 211

Pike pole

Before refrigeration, some farms had shallow ponds that could freeze over quickly, creating ice blocks needed to keep foods cold. A pike pole could be used to move or retrieve ice as needed.