OWINGS MILLS, Md. (Dec. 18, 2015)—Three Southern Maryland farms will be featured in episodes of the new season of the Maryland Public Television (MPT) series Maryland Farm & Harvest airing in January and February.
Featured on the program on Tuesday, January 12 at 7 p.m. is Cohoke Farms in Charles County. Hungry birds are a threat to the farm's milo crop, which is ironic since this grain is being raised for birdseed. Host Joanne Clendining follows the farmers as they take the harvest from field to factory.
Also featured on the Tuesday, January 12 episode is Even' Star Organic Farm in St. Mary's County. During The Local Buy segment, Al Spoler learns that it's possible to grow greens outside in the winter. In fact, Al finds out from this Lexington Park farmer that the cold weather can actually make them sweeter.
Several weeks later, on Tuesday, February 2, Bowles Farm—also in St Mary's County—is highlighted on Maryland Farm & Harvest. Thousands of people are drawn to this farm in Clements for its annual lawnmower race. But that's not the only thing this 6,000-acre farm has to offer. There's a corn maize, cupcake shop, and somehow the farmers have time to raise 4,500 acres of grain.
MPT's Maryland Farm & Harvest is now in its third season. The series travels across the state to put a human face on Maryland agriculture, telling stories of the people, skills and technology required to sustain and grow the state's number one industry.
Joanne Clendining, who earned an Emmy® from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for her work as Maryland Farm & Harvest host, returns for season three. She is joined each episode by Contributing Editor Al Spoler, who serves up The Local Buy segment.
The series airs on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on MPT-HD and is rebroadcast on Thursdays at 11:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6 a.m. Each show also airs on MPT2, on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit mpt.org/farm.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture is MPT's co-production partner for Maryland Farm & Harvest. Major funding is provided by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board.
Additional funding is provided by Maryland's Best; the Maryland Soybean Board; MidAtlantic Farm Credit; the Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation; the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation; and the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts. Other support comes from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation; the Maryland Nursery, Landscape & Greenhouse Association; the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association; the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.; Willard Agri-Service Company; the Maryland Farm Bureau Service Company; the Mar-Del Watermelon Association; and the Maryland Grape Growers Association.
Launched in 1969 and headquartered in Owings Mills, Md., Maryland Public Television is a nonprofit, state-licensed public television network and member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). MPT's six transmitters cover Maryland plus portions of contiguous states and the District of Columbia. Frequent winner of regional Emmy® awards, MPT creates local, regional, and national television shows. Beyond broadcast, MPT's commitment to professional educators, parents, caregivers, and learners of all ages is delivered through year-round instructional events and the super-website Thinkport, which garners in excess of 19 million page views annually. MPT's community engagement connects viewers with local resources on significant health, education, and public interest topics through year-round outreach events, viewer forums, program screenings, and phone bank call-in opportunities.