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NEWS

"MARYLAND FARM & HARVEST" WILL BE FEATURING BAUGHER'S ORCHARD, BLADES ORCHARD, AND CREATING A NEW APPLE VARIETY. THE EPISODE WILL AIR ON MPT FEBRUARY 4 AT 7 PM.


Maryland Farm & Harvest takes viewers on journeys across the state, telling stories about the farms, people, and technology required to sustain and grow Maryland’s number one commercial industry: agriculture. Maryland Public Television's (MPT) production team filmed episode segments at more than four dozen farms in preparation for the current season.

 

With introductions filmed at Baugher’s Orchard & Farm in Westminster in Carroll County, Maryland Farm & Harvest’s February 4 season finale features the following segments you might be interested in:

 

  • Creating a New Apple Variety (Washington County) Maryland orchards grow a lot of apples, but some varieties don’t do well in the state’s warmer, humid climate. One professor at the University of Maryland has been on a decades-long quest to breed a new apple specifically for Maryland growers.  After planting more than 5,000 different trees at the University of Maryland's Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville, Dr. Chris Walsh and his team have narrowed down their choices to a handful of varieties. Viewers learn why hopes are high as the new “Antietam Blush” apple – named after the Civil War battlefield near its birthplace – hits the market.
     

  • The Local Buy: Cider Donuts (Caroline County) Segment Host Al Spoler takes a trip to Blades Orchard in Federalsburg, where Lynda and Stephen Blades teach him and viewers about the apple varieties that go into making great apple cider. Then, Lynda treats Al to her delicious cider donuts made using apples from the family’s 60-acre farm. A recipe for cider donuts will be available at mpt.org/farm.

 

For more information about the MPT television series go to https://www.mpt.org/programs/farm/

EVENTS

MAR. 18, 2020
Spotted Lanternfly Workshop

Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Location: Washinton County Agricultural Education Center-Multi Purpose Bldg., 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713

Registration or more Info: click here >>

MAR. 18, 2020
Southern Maryland Small Fruit Workshop

Time: 8:30 am to 4;00 pm

Location: Baden Fire Department, 16608 Brandywine Road, Brandywine, MD 20613

Registration or more Info: click here >>

MAR. 26, 2020
RETIREMENT SEMINAR & CELEBRATION FOR DR. CHRIS WALSH

Location:  University of Maryland (Plant Sciences Building ) 4291 Fieldhouse Drive, Rm 1140 College Park, MARYLAND 20742
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Cost: $25 donation to cover the costs of the reception and special gift fro Dr. Walsh.

Details and registration: click here >>

FEB. 2- 4, 2021
Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention

The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention has become the premier grower meeting in the Northeast combining three days of six or more concurrent educational sessions with a large industry trade show and numerous networking opportunities - all designed to enable fruit, vegetable and berry growers as well as direct marketers to stay on the cutting edge of their industries. About 2,200 persons from throughout the mid-Atlantic region and beyond gather each year at the Hershey Lodge for the Convention.  Registration will open  to all interested commercial fruit, vegetable, direct marketers, and allied industry personnel. in late November 2020.

FEB. 3, 2020
MSHS Members Business Meeting

Time: 4:45 p.m.

Location: Hershey Lodge, 325 University Dr., Hershey, PA 17033

Room: TBA

HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER

The membership year runs from January 1st to December 31st.  Membership dues are collected during the registration process for the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention.  For those seeking membership after the convention click here... for more information.
 

TREE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TAP)

Tree Assistance Program (TAP) is to provide financial assistance to qualifying orchardists to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines that were damaged by natural disasters. To learn more about this program and eligibility, click here for more info >>

WMREC HORTICULTURAL TWILIGHT MEETING & TOUR

Click here to access handouts >>
 

FRUIT MEETINGS

Click on the links below:


Bay Area Fruit School  (link to presentations & videos) 
Western Maryland Regional Fruit Meeting (presentations)

2019 Summer Tour visiting Arterra     Photo Credit:Christopher Black

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