The series travels to Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Washington and Wicomico Counties and Baltimore City during the “Boden” themed episode
ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 1, 2022) – Maryland Public Television (MPT) Original Series. Maryland Farm & HarvestNow in its 10th anniversary season, it will feature farms and locations from western Maryland to the east coast during a “soil”-themed episode airing Tuesday, March 6th.
Maryland Farm & Harvest airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on MPT-HD and online at mpt.org/livestream. encore
Broadcasts are available on MPT-HD on Thursdays at 11pm and Sundays at 6am. Additionally, each episode airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on MPT2/Create®. The episodes can also be viewed on demand MPT’s online video player and the PBS Video App.
With filmed introductions children farm park in Millerville (Anne Arundel County)December 6th Episode contains the following segments:
- Maryland soils (Anne Arundel, Howard, and Washington counties)– When it comes to Agriculture Nothing is more important than fertile soil. There are more than 100 soil types in Maryland alone. During this segment, viewers will hear from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services soil scientists highlighting various types of Maryland soil. The first stop is the west shore of the Chesapeake Bay at Cape St. Claire, where scientists study the soils of Sassafras, crowned as Maryland State soil. Next stop is the Piedmont Plateau region and its fertile farmland to learn about the Glenelg soils found roughly from I-95 West to the Catoctin mountain range. And finally, as you travel west into the Appalachian Mountains, take a look at the Hagerstown soils found from the Catoctin Mountains west to Garrett County. Each soil type offers advantages and challenges. Farmers must learn to adapt to the soil they work in order to realize the full potential of their farm.
- Parkside High School Agricultural Education (Wicomico County)– 2019 Horticulture Teacher of the Year Jerry Kelly helped Parkside High School at Salisbury to become the home of Maryland’s premier horticultural program – the A+ garden center – a community-supported, student-run facility Vocational and technology training program. During this three-year program, students acquire skills in business, greenhouse organization, crop production, research and sustainability. Spectators visit the center to admire its beautiful plants and flowers and to see the horticulture students in action. During the school year, the students grow and sell more than 100,000 plants of different varieties. Jerry expresses his passion for teaching and how he helps each student develop an individualized program of study based on their interests and career goals. Students also share their love of gardening and describe what they have learned.
- The local purchase: Mushroom Hunting with Chef Chris Amendola (Baltimore County/Baltimore City) – Chris is a wild mushroom enthusiast and has secret locations opposite Maryland, which supplies a selection of fresh mushrooms for free. Al Spoler accompanies Chris to an undisclosed location in northern Baltimore County. Al watches as Chris makes his quest through the woods, peering under piles of dead leaves and rotting logs and offering bits of the Mycology. The pair get away with a variety of wild mushrooms and return to the restaurant, where Chris cleans them and prepares them for cooking. With Al’s help, Chris prepares a delicious mushroom stew. The recipe for the stew is available to viewers online at mpt.org/farm.
More than 14 million viewers have watched since its debut in the fall of 2013 Maryland Farm & Harvest on MPT. The series traveled to more than 430 farms, fisheries and other farming locations along the way its first nine seasons, covering all Maryland counties as well as Baltimore City and Washington, DC
Past episodes can be viewed below video.mpt.tv/show/maryland-farm-harvest/while episode segments are Available on the series’ YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/MarylandFarmHarvest/featured. Get involved the show on social media @MarylandFarmHarvest on Facebook and @mdfarmtv on Twitter.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture is a co-production partner of MPT for Maryland Farm & Harvest. Primary funding is provided by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board.
Additional funding is provided by Maryland’s Best, Rural Maryland Council, Maryland Agricultural Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (Marbidco), a grant from the Maryland Department of Specialty Crop Block Program, Farm Credit, Maryland Soybean Board, Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts, Wegmans Food Markets, Maryland Nursery, Landscape & Greenhouse Association, Maryland Seafood Marketing Fund, Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation, Maryland Farm Bureau and the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment.
Further support comes from the Mar-Del Watermelon Association.
Follow the Maryland Department of Agriculture on Twitter @MdAgAbt