Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 310

Premiere air date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7pm on MPT-HD

Program preview

Episode Description

  • For thousands of years, the wild ginseng root has been highly prized in Chinese folk medicine—so much so that the plant has been picked to near extinction in China. But ginseng can still be found in the mountainous regions of western Maryland—including Larry Harding’s Ginseng Farm in Garrett County.
  • Hungry birds are a threat to the milo crop at Cohoke Farms in Charles County. The irony is this grain is being raised for birdseed. And once the crop is processed in the factory, there’s no keeping the birds away.
  • 17-year-old Jamie Hetrick plans to join the family hay business after college. In the meantime, she’s studying up on all the different types of hay—after all, as she explains, “every horse is different, just like every person is different.”
  • The Local Buy: Al Spoler travels to Even’ Star Farm in St. Mary’s County to taste how the cold winter weather can make greens sweeter.
  • Then & Now: Hay Baling

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Grain Cleaner

This grain cleaner was used to clean plant residue off of grain seed. The grain was poured into the top and fell down to this cylindrical sifter. When the crank was turned, the seed fell through the sifter and the plant residue came out the other end.