Discovering the New American Farmer

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The national Telly-award winning environmental documentary, “Discovering the New American Farmer” will air April 26, 2007 on Maryland Public Television throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.  Air time is 11:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

The film includes Southern Maryland farmers, watermen, and policy-makers describing the changing face of farming, the importance of the family farm, and why and how local communities and the nation can take steps to preserve valuable agriculture and aquaculture resources.

The film was sponsored by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission as part of the organization’s ongoing mission to promote and protect agricultural enterprises in the southern Maryland region. “It is intended to be a film of hope, and ends with the message to citizens about how everyone can directly support local farms both in our region and throughout the nation”, said Christine Bergmark, executive director of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission.

Viewers will learn about the legacy of tobacco as Maryland’s cash crop, the evolution to alternative crops, specialty markets, agritourism, and the importance of the local farm in preserving farmland for the future. Specific direction is offered in what can be done to help keep farming healthy and viable in their community.

Produced by Blue Plate Productions “Discovering the New American Farmer” a has earned 2 national Telly awards in the “cultural” and educational” categories. The music is original, written by Travis Wetzel. Bob Harris recorded, mixed and edited the soundtrack.   The run time is 28 min., 30 sec.

The film is available with closed captioning. Copies of the film are available for $10.00 through the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission at 301-274-1922 or 

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission was established to promote diverse, market-driven agricultural enterprises*, which coupled with agricultural land preservation, will preserve Southern Maryland’s environmental resources and rural character while keeping the region’s farmland productive and the agricultural economy vibrant.

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