Maryland Public Television series Maryland Farm & Harvest
features four Frederick County farms
Series showcases the industry that feeds Maryland
A number of local Frederick County farms will be featured in episodes of the new Maryland Public Television series Maryland Farm & Harvest airing in December.
Featured in an episode airing on Tuesday, December 3 at 7 p.m. will be Ron Holter from a certified-organic dairy farm, Holterholm Farm in Jefferson. With a spiritual calling, Ron milks his cows based on natural rhythms and grazes them only under “God’s blue sky.”
On Tuesday, December 17, the Burrier family in Union Bridge will talk about the fine alfalfa it carefully grows to nourish Maryland’s top thoroughbred racers, some of which are right down the road at Summer Wind Farms owned by Jerry Calhoun.
On Tuesday, December 24, dairy and grain farmer Greg Clabaugh from Keymar will be featured in a segment on his partnership with local brewmaster, Tom Flores of Frederick. They produce a new beer made from the locally grown barley.
On December 31, Tom Barse, Matt Brophy and Dell Hayes from Frederick will talk about the hops harvest and a new law that allows brewing and tasting to take place on Barse’s Stillpoint Farm, Maryland’s first “farm brewery.”
MPT’s Maryland Farm & Harvest had its series debut in November 2013. The program puts a human face on Maryland agriculture, telling the stories of the people who grow food and fiber -- from corn and soybeans to apples, poultry, milk and cheese. From locations statewide, the series chronicles the successes of and the challenges to the state’s No. 1 industry.
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 will also re-air on the secondary channel MPT2 on Fridays at 6 p.m.
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 the Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation; the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation; MidAtlantic Farm Credit; the Maryland Soybean Board; Maryland’s Best; the Maryland Farm Bureau; the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Other support comes from the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts; the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation; the Maryland Nursery & Landscape Association; the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association; the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.; the Maryland Grape Growers Association’s George Mead Educational Fund; Harford County, Maryland, Division of Agriculture; and the Mar-Del Watermelon Association.
For more information visit: http://www.mpt.org/farm/.
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 manifest in its year-round instructional events and super-website Thinkport, which garners in excess of 1.4 million visits annually.
MPT Farm & Harvest Show Tuesdays 7pm