February 2, 2013
As large-scale poultry farmers are required to do, Alan Hudson of Berlin filed a plan last year with Maryland environmental regulators spelling out how he intended to prevent manure from his flocks from fouling the Chesapeake Bay. Hudson had hired a consultant to write the plan, but before submitting it he made the consultant remove recommendations that he take steps to prevent manure blown out of his chicken houses by ventilation fans from reaching...
July 24, 2012
One Straw Farm , one of the biggest independent farms in Maryland and a familiar presence at farmers' markets across the Baltimore region, is on a quest to build two iPhone apps that will help modernize its business and better connect with its customers. Joan and Drew Norman, the owners of the farm, have gotten hooked on the iPhone and believe they can use it to make their work on the farm more efficient and better share and connect their customers. They've been farming since 1983 and grow on 175 acres.
May 17, 2012
After six months off to recover from the wear and tear of a North American record 22 straight victories, Rapid Redux will be retired next week to Kentucky Horse Park, his owner Robert Cole and trainer David Wells said. "He's perfect right now and we want him to stay that way," said Cole, a Towson native. "Why risk having him get beat. " Located outside of Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park is home to many famous horses, including Cigar, Da Horse and Funny Cide. John Henry, who was a resident, is buried there.
July 19, 2011
Pterodactyls. Giant airplane propellers in the sky. Graceful, gliding birds. Blots on the verdant landscape. Among residents of rural Garrett County, the 28 wind turbines now pin-wheeling atop Backbone Mountain conjure many images — some nicer than others. But whatever one's perception, the massive windmills are here to stay. And they demand attention. Constellation Energy assembled several dozen guests next to one of the behemoths — about the size of a 40-story building — on Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting for Maryland's first commercial wind farm, even though the turbines started generating electricity months ago. "Sit back, relax and enjoy the view of our wind park," Constellation's project manager Don Shilobod said to the group as they gazed at a vista dominated by eight of the light gray turbines looming over the treetops.
June 21, 2011
Marc Dixon, chef and owner of Bistro Blanc in Dayton, gets his berries from a nearby farm. This year's strawberries, he said, were "hands down, the best strawberries of my life. They were like strawberry candy. " The strawberry season is just about over in Maryland, and the raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are coming in. This year, thanks to a nearly frost-free April and a relatively dry, mild spring, both wild and cultivated berries will likely be abundant and delicious, said Dave Myers, senior agent with the University of Maryland extension.
July 9, 2010
Under a blazing sun, Calvert County farmer David A. Cox Sr. stood beside the 7-acre tobacco field he had planted around Memorial Day and dragged his boot through ash-colored soil. Instead of darker, wetter dirt an inch or two down, there's just more gray dust. The tobacco leaves are beginning to yellow for lack of water, and the plants are no bigger than basketballs. "If this was a normal season, they would probably be approaching our waists," Cox said. "It's a rough year.