Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 407

Premiere air date: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 7pm on MPT-HD

Program preview

Episode Description

  • Jamie Tiralla of Monnett Farms in Calvert County is one of about two dozen LEAD Maryland fellows—a group in training to become leaders of Maryland agriculture. When she isn't learning how to lead, Jamie and her husband Benson offer pasture-raised livestock on their family farm.
  • Greg Turner of Gregory N. Turner Farms in Caroline County had a beautiful crop of cucumbers this past summer—trouble was, so did everyone else. When Greg's processor pulled out of the deal they had set up, Greg was left with more than $50,000 worth of cucumbers. Luckily, Greg has crop insurance and was able to prevent taking a serious financial hit to his operation.
  • Carol and Leon Carrier of Plantmasters manage two acres of blooming flowers in Montgomery County. Some flowers grow in their own yard—and others, in their neighbors! They've been selling their blooms at local farmers markets for nearly forty years.
  • The Local Buy: Al Spoler gets a taste of lavender honey made by the bees at Soleado Lavender Farm in Montgomery County.
  • Then & Now: Beekeeping

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Bee Smoker

Bee smokers are used to calm bees before the beekeeper inspects the hive. The smoke interferes with bees' pheromone communication, which makes it harder for bees to send an "alarm signal." Smokers are usually filled with pine needles, natural twine or burlap, which are ignited inside the smoker.