Meet The New Harvest Directory Team!

The Harvest Directory Project now has a new team of five Washington College Students! Leading the team is Marissa Seidel as Project Manager, working with Emma Hudson, Madison Kaye, Sam Trikeriotis, and Nika Peden.

Marissa Seidel

Marissa is a Senior at Washington College, graduating with a double major in Anthropology and American Studies and two minors in History and Black Studies. She is the Project Manager of the Harvest Directory Project, and this is her first time being a Project Manager. She has an interest in farms and farm culture, so she is very excited to have been put in charge of this project!

Emma Hudson

Emma is a Freshman Biology and Anthropology double major at Washington College. She is really excited to be the head of the social media section of the Eastern Shore Harvest Directory!

Madison Kaye

Madison is a Freshman from Colonia, New Jersey, potentially majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Music. She looks forward to improving the Harvest Directory website, and hopes to add many new businesses to the database during her time on the project to make the Harvest Directory as useful as it can be, both for agribusinesses on the site, and customers of those businesses.

Sam Trikeriotis

Sam is a Freshman at Washington College majoring in Anthropology. She’s very excited to be working with the Harvest Directory because of the opportunity to work directly with people in the field and through email, which is a glimpse of what she could be doing with her major.

Nika Peden

Nika is a Freshman at Washington College. She is majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical/Counseling and minoring in Business Management. Nika is very excited to be working on the Harvest Directory Project, and hopes to spread awareness of the project through various forms of social media and outreach projects.

Goals

For this semester, the new team would like to assist the growth of more businesses, especially in the new additions of Caroline, Talbot, and Dorchester counties to the Harvest Directory. We plan on going to many farmers markets and other events in these areas as well as Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s counties. We would love to help as many agri-businesses as we can!

Harmful Beetle Look Out

A invasive beetle has been found once again. This beetle has been discovered on the Eastern shore and will bring the entire state into a federal quarantine. The pest needs to be stopped before it spreads, because it is highly destructive. The beetle is a wood boring beetle, and Maryland needs to protect its ash wood trees. The quarantine will stop any moving of hardwood trees in the quarantined areas as a way to prevent infestation. Maryland is hoping to kill the beetles with other bugs that can attack it, but for now to read more on this and learn how to help stop the evil beetles, go to: “http://www.stardem.com/news/environment/article_597b4826-02a6-53fb-871e-e11fbd489fec.html”

Light Shines on the Mid Shore Food System

The Mid Shore food system is being changed by Neoma Rohman. As a young girl, Neoma suffered from hunger and thus wants to prevent anyone else from ever feeling that way to. She has created a food safety project that is being funded under a one year agreement. Currently, there is little expectation that this funding will not be renewed. If you want to read more about Neoma and her plans with this project, go to: “http://delmarvafarmer.com/publications/the-delmarva-farmer/2377-rohman-shining-bright-light-on-mid-shore-food-system”

Students get a FIrst Hand Look at Jobs

Students of Kent County in the STEM program were given a job shadowing program that lasted for two weeks. This program allows students to form realistic expectations of their future careers, including a look into day to day responsibilities and educational requirements needed to obtain these careers. These programs are important to the students because it provides a relationship between academic studies and the real world. To read more about this program go to: ” http://m.myeasternshoremd.com/news/kent_county/article_87803290-30fc-5f71-90a5-2905083ba393.html?mode=jqm

Economic Gardening Program

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore have announced that Advance Maryland is now open to Maryland companies. The program wants Maryland companies to apply because this type of program offers strategic information, free, to help them overcome challenges and take advantage of new and better opportunities.

To read more about this program, and to apply, go to:

http://greaterbaltimore.org/Portals/0/advance%20md%20press%20release.pdf

All Applications are due by July 30th, 2015  and those companies selected will be notified by the end of August.

New Grant for Businesses

The USDA just announced that they will be accepting grant applications to help rural cooperatives develop new markets for their products and services. The grant is open to non profit corporations and institutions of higher education through the Rural Cooperative Development Grant program. These new grants will help improve economic conditions in rural areas by helping individuals and businesses start, expand or improve the conditions of rural cooperatives and mutually owned businesses through cooperative development centers. “USDA is making up to $5.8 million in grants available in Fiscal Year 2015. One-year grants up to $200,000 are available. In most cases, grants may be used to pay for up to 75 percent of a project’s total costs. Recipients are required to match 25 percent of the award amount. The grants will be awarded prior to September 30, 2015. The recipients will have one year to utilize the awarded funds. ”

The deadline for this application is July 30th, 2015 and the link for more information and the application is right here:

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/06/0172.xml&contentidonly=true

Maryland could be the next great wine state

One man is determined to change Maryland’s usual drink. Joe Fiola wants more people to drink Maryland wine for three good reasons. The first is that wine is made in EVERY single county, Maryland wine wins gold medals and tt helps the environmental costs of having to ship imported drinks to the community. He strongly feels that Maryland wine can compete and do well against other wines, all people need to do is taste it. Maryland has never had much of an industry until recently because of a general lack of interest and support from the government, along with dominant crops already being highly generated. Many people also lack an education about types of grapes that would thrive in this area, which is why at first, Maryland suffered a bad wine reputation. Fiola came to Maryland in 2001, and since then has expanded the industry greatly. To read more about this and learn more about wineries in Maryland, go to:

http://terp.umd.edu/can-maryland-become-the-next-great-wine-state/

Also check out our ShoreVines page on Facebook!