Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 512

Premiere air date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 7pm on MPT-HD

Program preview

Episode Description

This episode focuses on the honeybee, an important pollinator that not only makes honey—it helps much of the food we eat produce a crop each season.

  • The Maryland Department of Agriculture is the only one in the country to employ a “bee dog”—used to sniff hives to check for a contagious, colony killing bacteria known as American Foulbrood. Follow Mack, the yellow lab, and his handler, MDA Apiary Inspector Cybil Preston, as they inspect hundreds of hives before they are sent to California to pollinate the almond crop. Ora Hayes of Hayes Apiary in Washington County explains why almond growers are willing to pay beekeepers like him to ship millions of bees across the country each winter.
  • WEB EXTRA: Mack the Bee Dog

  • Beekeeper George Meyer of Bee George Honey in Talbot County is proud of the sweet, amber-colored product he markets, but he’ll readily admit the bees do most of the work. George explains how bees make honey and how it’s collected and bottled for consumers to enjoy.
  • Interested in getting involved in this sweet hobby? Check out these links:
  • Kara Brook is a beekeeper at Chesterhaven Beach Farm in Queen Anne’s County who relies on bees for many of the products she sells at her shop, Waxing Kara. She uses honey in skin care products and beeswax as a medium for painting.
  • The Local Buy: Al Spoler tastes one of the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages, honey mead, at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. But first, he visits Linganore Winecellars in Frederick County to see where the mead is made.
  • Then & Now: Pollination

Production stills



J Hook Hive Tool

This is a J hook hive tool, more formally referred to as a frame lifter and scraper. Beekeepers use the hook end to lift frames out of a hive and the flat, sharp end to scrape off excess wax comb.

J Hook Hive ToolJ Hook Hive Tool

Thingamajig provided by Edward Neubauer, president of the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association.