Maryland Farm & Harvest: Episode 608

Premiere air date: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 7pm on MPT-HD

Program preview

Episode Description

  • The biggest variable in farming is the weather. When it’s extreme, as it was this past growing season, the effects can be devastating. We’ll explore the impact the year’s exceptionally wet weather had on Maryland farms. We begin at 2 Cool Farms in Greensboro, where farmer Chris Schoonover has seen damage to his wheat and corn crops. Next, we’ll visit Baugher’s Orchards in Westminster where farmer Dwight Baugher surveys his apple crop, heavily damaged by the rain. He says in 27 years farming, this growing season was the most challenging.
  • Learning to Live Ranch in Pylesville is a unique kind of recovery house in that it’s also a working farm owned and operated by the Char Hope Foundation. The women living there are battling addiction and working to recover through learning to raise and show Charolais cattle. Founder Derek Hopkins explains the program, as we follow 24-year-old Lea through her journey to the Maryland State Fair.
  • Donna Myers of Windsor Manor Farm in New Windsor has been attending the Maryland State Fair for as long as she can remember. Back when she was a kid growing up on her parents’ dairy farm, the fair was an annual vacation—a chance to see people in the community, show animals and just have fun with her family. Today, as the fair’s newly-elected president, Donna is responsible for getting the fair ready for more than half a million visitors.
  • Al Spoler visits Lindy’s Seafood in Cambridge for a look at how they pick, process, and, in some cases, pasteurize their crab meat. Then Al heads to Wegmans, where Executive Chef Kevin Grenzig explains how he uses it in some of their fresh sushi.
  • Then & Now: Maryland State Fair

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Litter Carrier

This is a litter carrier used in old dairy barns. The container was on a track that hung from the ceiling. The farmer would fill the container with dirty litter and manure and push it outside the barn. The farmer would then use this chain pulley system to lift the carrier up and dump the contents onto a manure spreader or pile.