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Local Watermelons are a Sweet Slice of Summer

Local Watermelons are a Sweet Slice of Summer

As Joe-Sam Swann stands over his field of watermelon, he’s looking at his family farm that dates back to the 1850s. A sixth-generation farmer, he worked alongside his father Allen and cousin Jody on their Owings, Maryland, land.“The farm began its journey as a tobacco...
Maryland Farming Family Makes Buying Local Easy

Maryland Farming Family Makes Buying Local Easy

North Waldorf’s Shlagel Farm has been growing since the early 1900s. The land was first purchased by Otto Shlagel, an immigrant who was lured to America by advertisements he saw in Germany. Before passing the farm to his son George, Otto left behind this mantra, “If...
Maryland Raised Pork Adds Local Flavor to Your Barbecue

Maryland Raised Pork Adds Local Flavor to Your Barbecue

You may not be familiar with Kennedyville, Maryland. It’s a small community tucked away in Kent County population 200. It’s a far cry from the suburban sprawl of Howard County, where the Langenfelder family’s farm was first established.“My grandparents moved to their...
Maryland Farmer Says Bee Kind to Pollinators

Maryland Farmer Says Bee Kind to Pollinators

Farms dotted by red barns, green pastures and crops as far as the eye can see establish a bucolic setting on Maryland’s landscape. And, some farmers are purposely making their land even more beautiful — and meaningful — by including local plantings that will encourage...
Tips for parents navigating a new role: Teacher!

Tips for parents navigating a new role: Teacher!

(Thurmont, Maryland) – Like many parents today, Amie McDaniels finds herself with a broad list of responsibilities: full-time job, night classes, household duties, and a new one – homeschooling mom.As a former middle school teacher, she’s familiar with the...
Alpacas Expand Diversity of Maryland Farms

Alpacas Expand Diversity of Maryland Farms

Phil and Vicki Liske are livestock farmers. But you won’t see typical cattle, sheep or pigs on their farm. Instead, you’ll find a herd of long-necked, fuzzy-coated, elegantly moving alpacas. Their Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm near Preston is one of about a dozen...