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Taking Flight: Crop Dusters Get Maryland Crops Soaring

Taking Flight: Crop Dusters Get Maryland Crops Soaring

(BERLIN, MARYLAND) Bob Bunting gets up with the birds. Actually, he gets up before the birds. He’s a crop duster and is at the airport planning his day’s flights before the first bird cheeps.Crop dusting, or aerial application involves treating fields from a...
Third-Generation Maryland Farmers Are On An (Easter Egg) Roll

Third-Generation Maryland Farmers Are On An (Easter Egg) Roll

(WOODSTOCK, MARYLAND) Strohmer’s Farm is home to a variety of animals, including cows, pigs, goats, donkeys, chickens, ducks, a token emu, barn cats and a number of dogs. But, Strohmer’s Farm didn’t start out that way.In 1931, George L. Strohmer, the grandfather of...
Turning Sap into Sweetness: Meet the Maple Syrup Man

Turning Sap into Sweetness: Meet the Maple Syrup Man

The warm days and cool nights of early spring send Billy Bishoff into the Western Maryland mountains. It’s maple syrup season. Time to tap the maple trees, collect their sap, and make batches of Mother Nature’s special sweetener — maple syrup.With his brother, nephew...
Maryland Oysters “Go Hollywood”

Maryland Oysters “Go Hollywood”

(HOLLYWOOD, MARYLAND) – Oysters are legendary for inspiring romance. If you need proof, consider Tal Petty and Na Dodchai. When Tal decided to become an oyster farmer, he traveled around the world to learn about oyster cultivation. Na was his interpreter in...
Chicken Wings: A Super Bowl Tradition

Chicken Wings: A Super Bowl Tradition

You can’t have a Super Bowl party without a heaping platter of chicken wings. This year, football fans will eat 1.3 billion chicken wings during the big game. And, you can’t have chicken wings without people like Lee Richardson. He’s a fifth-generation farmer who...
Growing Your Lawn with Winter in Mind

Growing Your Lawn with Winter in Mind

(POOLESVILLE, MARYLAND) – That beautiful lawn that’s the envy of your neighborhood often starts at a turf farm like Summit Hall Turf Farm in Poolesville, Maryland. William Wilmot started the farm in 1948. He got the idea when someone asked about buying pasture...