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Join us for two episodes of Maryland Farm & Harvest's 7th season. Stay for a Q&A session with associate producer, Stefanie Robey.

Episode 701 (air date: 11/12/19) SEASON PREMIERE

Organic Greenhouse Soil (Frederick County) The season premiere of Maryland Farm and Harvest starts with an inventive farmer who created his own potting mix to grow organic crops. By testing different combinations, Rick Hood of Summer Creek Farm developed the perfect growing medium to start his vegetables in the greenhouse before they are transplanted in the field. The resulting mix is more sustainable than store bought options, and helps nurture strong plant growth. In fact, the potting mix is so successful, he now sells it to organic farmers and gardeners across the region.

Albright Farms go to Market (Baltimore County, Baltimore City) Every Sunday morning, Tom Albright and his sons get up at 4am so they can leave their farm in Monkton, MD and make it to the Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar. This bustling market boasts a huge variety of fresh, local food, and Albright Farms is just one of many vendors. The sights and sounds are on full display, as we take in the excitement of this weekly tradition. With hidden microphones, this segment captures the real life interactions of the Albrights as they educate consumers on where their food comes from, how it’s grown, and how to cook it at home.

Sustainable Dairy Farming (Carroll County) The Doody Family has been milking cows for five generations at Tulip Pond Farm in Union Bridge, Maryland. When there’s a lot of cows, there’s also a lot of...manure. But the Doodys work hard to properly manage this, using manure as a fertilizer for crops and keeping it out of nearby waterways. Through smart management and hard work, the Doodys continue to milk cows, taking on the many challenges that dairy farms face.

The Local Buy: Grass Fed Beef (Harford County) Al Spoler, host of The Local Buy visits Crooked Creek Farm, in Pylesville, MD. Here, first-generation farmer Mike Schleupner raises free-range pigs, which are processed by Smuckers Meats in Mount Joy, PA. One of their most popular products is Lithuanian sausage, a unique food with a family connection.

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Episode 704 - (air date: 12/3/19) Water Themed Episode

Oysters and Weather (Dorchester County) This segment explores how last year’s record rainfall is causing problems for oyster farmers. Kevin McClarren’s Choptank Oyster Company is navigating the challenges of low salinity, which makes it harder for oysters to multiply and grow in the Choptank River. We learn how oysters are farmed and how too much rain lowers the salinity of the water, which not only hurts oysters, but changes their flavor as well.

Drainage Tile Install (Caroline, Somerset Counties) If a field is too wet, farmers can install drainage tile to dry it out. These underground pipes help drain excess water so that crops can grow better, but there are environmental consequences. At Kyle Hutchinson’s farm in Greensboro, MD, we visit during the construction of a conservation drainage system, which helps both the farm and the environment through smart water and nutrient management. Then, at Rantz Purcell’s farm in Princess Anne, MD we see how a conservation drainage system that’s already been installed helps him manage water.

Wastewater Irrigation (Kent County) Maryland farmers used over 20 billion gallons of water for irrigation in 2015. That’s a lot of water! But rather than use water from lakes or underground aquifers, Kent County farmer Franklin Dill draws from an unconventional source--his local wastewater treatment plant. Through an agreement with the Worton, MD Wastewater Treatment Plant, his farm now uses treated wastewater to irrigate his crops. This puts to good use water that ordinarily would have no use, and it helps conserve other freshwater sources. Plus, it helps his crops grow better, too!

The Local Buy: Eels (Queen Anne’s County) Segment host Al Spoler meets waterman Troy Wilkens from Kent Narrows, MD. Troy fishes for eels, a delicacy unfamiliar to most Marylanders. Al learns how to bait and catch eels, then visits The Salt Line restaurant in Washington, DC where chef Kyle Bailey serves up grilled eel.

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