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New Episode of Maryland Public TV series Maryland Farm & Harvest Airs Jan. 5


ANNAPOLIS, MD – Maryland Public Television’s (MPT) popular original series Maryland Farm & Harvest is now in its third season with new half-hour episodes airing Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The series puts a human face on Maryland agriculture by telling stories of the people, skills and technology required to sustain and grow the state’s number one industry.

Featured on the program on Tuesday, January 5 at 7 p.m. are:

  • Richardson Farms in White Marsh. Despite its suburban location, this local farm is the largest supplier of kale in the mid-Atlantic region.  The Richardson family introduces Al Spoler, host of the series’ The Local Buy segment, to the farm and explains how it has adapted to its changing surroundings.
  • Elceed Farms in Westover. Three young children growing up on the Somerset County farm balance schoolwork with farming duties as they learn what it takes to carry on the family agricultural tradition.
  • The Great Frederick Fair. Host Joanne Clendening visits the fair to sample the food and fun, find out how it’s changed over time – and the core values that have remained the same during the 153-year-old tradition.
  • Pleasant Points Farm in Royal Oak. John Swaine’s commitment to a healthier Chesapeake Bay has affected his farming methods. The Talbot County farmer uses aerial seeding to plant cover crops and has converted an existing roadside ditch into a filtering system designed to control runoff from the farm.

A preview and additional information about the episode is available online at

Joanne Clendining, who earned an Emmy® from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter (NCCBC) of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for her work as Maryland Farm & Harvest host, returns for season three.  Joining Joanne is Contributing Editor Al Spoler, who serves up the Local Buy segment during each episode.

During its first two seasons Maryland Farm & Harvest has been nominated for five Emmy awards from the NCCBC of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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