MPT Series Maryland Farm & Harvest Visits Dorchester, St. Mary’s, and Queen Anne’s Counties and Baltimore City During February 20 Episode

~ In the latest episode of Maryland Public Television's original series, Maryland Farm & Harvest, host Joanne Clendining takes viewers on a tour of the Maryland Zoo's on-site farm and visits an alpaca farm on its busiest day of the year. The episode, which will premiere on Tuesday, February 20, will showcase farms and locations in Baltimore City and Dorchester, St. Mary's, and Queen Anne's counties.

Maryland Farm & Harvest has been a popular weekly series for 11 seasons now, highlighting the farms, people, and technology that sustain and grow agriculture in Maryland - the state's number one commercial industry. The show airs on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on MPT-HD and can also be streamed online at Encore broadcasts are available on Thursdays at 11 p.m. and Sundays at 6 a.m., as well as on MPT2/Create® on Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

The episode begins with Clendining visiting Church Hill Farm in Hydes (Baltimore County) before moving onto the featured segments.

First up is the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore where Clendining takes a tour of their sustainability garden - a small-scale farm built by staff and volunteers to provide healthy diets for the zoo's over 130 different species of animals. She also visits the commissary - a restaurant-grade kitchen where meals are prepared for animals of all sizes and diets. Clendining even lends a hand with food prep and delivery for some of the zoo's more than 1,000 animals.

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Next is a "Farmer Flashback" segment featuring Briar Branch Alpaca Farm in St. Mary's County. Alpacas are gaining popularity for their unique coat of fiber, making shearing day one of the busiest days of the year at Briar Branch Alpaca Farm & Boutique in Clements. Clendining helps out with the shearing process and takes a tour of the alpaca's pastures while learning about the history of alpaca farming in the U.S. She also tries on some of the many alpaca fiber creations for sale in the boutique.

The episode also features a "Farm to Skillet" segment with Chef Kurt Peter from St. Michaels Farmers Market in Dorchester and Queen Anne's counties. Peter, owner of Chesapeake Chef Service, takes viewers through the market to gather locally produced ingredients for his pan-seared rockfish with sautéed vegetables dish. He then demonstrates how to prepare and present the delicious meal, with the recipe available for viewers to try at home on

Maryland Farm & Harvest has been a hit with over 16 million viewers since its debut in 2013. The series has visited over 450 farms, fisheries, and other agriculture-related locations in every Maryland county, as well as Baltimore City and Washington D.C.

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Viewers can catch up on past episodes at or watch segments on the show's YouTube channel at Engage with the show on social media by following @MarylandFarmHarvest on Facebook and @mdfarmtv on Instagram.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is MPT's co-production partner for Maryland Farm & Harvest, with major funding provided by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board. Additional funding comes from Maryland's Best; a grant from the Rural Maryland Council Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund; Maryland Agricultural Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO); a grant from the Maryland Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Program; Farm Credit; Maryland Soybean Board; Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts; Wegmans Food Markets; Maryland Nursery, Landscape & Greenhouse Association; Maryland Farm Bureau; The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment; and a contribution made by the Citizens of Baltimore County. Other support comes from the Mar-Del Watermelon Association and Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation.

Don't miss this exciting episode of Maryland Farm & Harvest, showcasing the diverse and thriving agriculture industry in Maryland. Tune in on Tuesday, February 20 at 7 p.m. on MPT-HD or stream it online at

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