ANNAPOLIS, MD (Feb. 1, 2018) – Maryland Public Television’s (MPT) popular original series "Maryland Farm & Harvest", now in its fifth season, will feature the Port of Baltimore and BWI Airport along with locations in Frederick and Garrett counties during a new episode airing Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.
The upcoming episode features the following segments:
Agricultural Import Inspections (U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport and the Port of Baltimore) - Even with heightened interest in eating local, one in five foods eaten by Americans are imported, giving consumers access to a wide variety of products at all times of the year. But as imported food items arrive in the United States, there’s a chance they can contain an exotic pest that could put our farms at risk. The same goes for agricultural products air travelers bring back from overseas. It’s for these reasons that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a division devoted entirely to agriculture. This segment follows inspectors at the Port of Baltimore and BWI Airport, where a dog named Beazley, part of the CBP’s Beagle Brigade, helps check passengers’ bags.
Elementary School Farm (Crellin Elementary School, Garrett County) - Crellin Elementary School in Oakland is putting the “garden” in kindergarten with a small on-campus vegetable and livestock farm that helps supplement curriculum for all grade levels. At the Garrett County school’s Sunshine Farm, students learn to care for animals and plants as part of this innovative program. Principal Dana McCauley explains how the school’s farm came about and what becomes of its eggs and produce at harvest time.
The Local Buy: Cornmeal (Nick’s Organic Farm, Frederick County) - During “The Local Buy” segment, host Al Spoler visits Nick’s Organic Farm in Adamstown in Frederick County where Floriani Red Flint corn, which until recently was nearly extinct, is making a comeback. Al is part of the process of grinding the corn for cornmeal and then tastes a Johnnycake (a cornmeal flatbread) from the farm’s griddle. The Johnnycake recipe can be found at mpt.org/farm.
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