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A Family Farm Where Lavender is the Crop

A Family Farm Where Lavender is the Crop

(DICKERSON, MARYLAND) – Once upon a time, Rockville, Md., was farmland. But as the population around Washington, DC, grew, so did residential and commercial development. Sophia Watkins’ grandmother had a dairy farm in the path of the build-up. In 1963, she...
The Buzz about Bees

The Buzz about Bees

(ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND) –  Mack and Tukka are sniffer dogs. Like their canine counterparts in law enforcement, they look for evil-doers. But the bad guys they sniff out aren’t found lurking in dark alleyways. They are bacteria hiding in beehives.The pair are Maryland’s...
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...