Fruit and Vegetable Growers Striving for the Best



Crops Research Twilight

Barbecue & Ice Cream Social
CMREC Upper Marlboro Farm

August 3, 2022

You are invited to the Fields Crops Research Twilight and Ice Cream Social at the Central Maryland Research & Education Center, 2005 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro, on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.

University of Maryland Extension Educators and Specialists are looking forward to sharing with you their field crop, vegetable and fruit research plots. The traditional Bayside Bull pit beef dinner will be served from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., followed by homemade ice cream prior to the evening tours.
Meal Time from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Homemade Ice Cream Served at 5:15 p.m.
Crops Twilight Tours at 6:00 p.m.
Please arrive on time as the wagon tours will start promptly at 6:00 p.m.
A reserved event ticket is required. If you need special assistance to participate, please contact
the Anne Arundel County Extension office at 410-222-3906 by August 1st.
Register on-line at the Anne Arundel County Extension website:

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or call 410 222-3906.


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) 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 >>


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Click on the links below:

Horticultural Technology Newsletter

Spotted Wing Drosophila Monitoring and Management 
University of Maryland Fact Sheet 1023, November 2015



Click on the links below:
Maryland Apples

Maryland's Best
National Peach Council
University of Maryland Extension: Grapes and Fruit
University of Maryland: Aronia
Mid-Atlantic Aronia Growers Association


Click on the links below:

The 2021 Bay Area Virtual Fruit Meeting will be held on February 10, 2021 from 8- 12 noon. 

The agenda can be found at

Registration can be found at

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








On August 2, 2022 MSHS members and interested growers including young growers ages 6-16, are invited to start the day at Rock Hill Orchard, 28600 Ridge Road, Mt Airy Md.

The tour will begin at 8:30 with coffee and donuts. A tour of the farm will include a discussion of the progression from semi dwarf to dwarf on wires.

John Fendrick (MSHS President) will also discuss Woodbourne Creamery and how it is integrated into the business. 

The tour will then drive a few miles to Butler's Orchard, 22222 Davis Mill Road, Germantown MD. At this stop attendees can see the Farm Market, which utilizes products from local producers and their own fields, employee scheduling software, and organizational charts for improved communication with employees. A short trolley ride away is the new farm shop. A lunch will be served and the history of this family farm shared. During this time a discussion of how Butler's Orchard handled pandemic issues during the last 2+ years, and steps they have taken to retain labor. After this discussion a trolley tour to see apples on trellis, matted row/plastic culture,  Blueberries, Blackberries, and how cover cropping is used on this farm. Throughout the tour a discussion of agritainment, groups and events all fit into this operation.


Dr. Bob Rouse will lead a discussion on Plasticulture Strawberries to provide information as a comparison of production methods used in strawberry production. 

The tour will then move to our third stop,  Doc Waters Cidery, for a discussion on how this new industry is part of the ever changing face of agriculture. The meet new cider maker will share the finer points of cider production and the facilities, and  for those who are interested a sampling of the cider!   

Registration for the tour is $25.00 in advance for MSHS members, $30.00 for members on the day of the event, $35.00 for non- members who register in advance, $40.00 for Walk In non member registration on the day of the event. Young growers ages 6-16 can attend at a cost of $10.00.

We look forward to seeing everyone on August 2.

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 2021 - 2022
MSHS Executive Board Officers

John Fendrick, President

Brad Miller, 1St VP

Hallie Butler Van-Horn, 2nd Vice President

Bob Black, Treasurer

Haley Sater,  Secretary

Board members are 

Paul Jackson

Steve Milburn

Jake Moore

Steve Blades

2019 Summer Tour visiting Arterra     Photo Credit:Christopher Black