Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 606

Premiere air date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7pm on MPT-HD

Program preview

Episode Description

  • They say farmers never truly retire, but Charles Koiner of Koiner Farm in Silver Spring takes that to a whole new level. At 97, Charles still farms full time, with the help of his 72-year-old daughter, Lynn Koiner. For years, Charles has refused to sell his property. Now, to show their appreciation, community members have created the Charles Koiner Center for Urban Farming to help ensure the farm will stay in agriculture long after they are gone.
  • As temperatures dip, just like homeowners need to winterize their homes, farmers need to winterize barns used to house livestock. Farmer Dale Hough of Woodcamp Farm in Mount Airy takes us through the process and will introduce us to the beneficiaries of his efforts: an adorable litter of piglets.
  • Since 2010, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with local farms to help provide fresh, local produce to Marylanders in need. One of them is First Fruits Farm in Freeland, a non-profit organization founded by Rick and Carol Bernstein. The segment describes how the Bernsteins and other farmers work with the food bank through contract growing, donations, and gleaning. For more information on the Farm to Food Bank program, visit
  • The Local Buy: Al Spoler visits Owl’s Nest Farm in Upper Marlboro to learn from farmer Liz Whitehurst how she raises pea shoots, before visiting Timber Pizza in Washington, D.C. to taste the harvest.
  • Then & Now: Gleaning

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Bolus Gun

This tool is used to administer a bolus, or a large pill used in veterinary medicine, to livestock. The farmer loads the bolus into one end, puts the tool into the animal’s throat, and pushes the top down to release the bolus.

Thingamajig provided by the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum.