Agriculture & Aquaculture

Innovation Bolsters Aquaculture Industry

Posted on: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 @ 5:55 pm

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Built on ingenuity and entrepreneurism, Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Company was branded Chesapeake Gold Oysters in 2010. Co-owners Johnny Shockley and Ricky Fitzhugh pioneered the innovative aquaculture movement in Dorchester County using the latest technologies. Supported by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Rural Development Loan, Eastern Shore Entrepreneurial Center, Dorchester County Economic Development, and …

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Cambridge Farmers’ Market Attracts Over 20 Vendors

Posted on: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

Looking to buy locally grown food, visit the Cambridge Main Street Farmers’ Market! Serving the local economy by facilitating start-ups and furthering existing business expansions, the farmers’ market is a great place for the community to reconnect with local farmers and small businesses. Market Manager Allison Penn said, “This year we have over 20 vendors …

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Dorchester Winery Exceeds Production Goals

Posted on: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 @ 7:03 pm

In effort to diversify the family agronomic operation, Joe and Laura Layton, their son William – a third generation farmer – and his wife Jennifer chose to start a vineyard. Less than five years since uncorking that first bottle of Layton’s Chance wine, the business continues to thrive, exceeding production and distribution goals in 2013. …

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Business Continues to Thrive for Local Food Processor

Posted on: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

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Originally located in Manhattan, B&G Foods began in 1889 as two immigrant families working together to sell products made from fresh vegetables and other natural ingredients. Eventually growing out of their New York facility, they relocated to Dorchester County in 1983 to a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing plant that provided room for growth. Carrying their own B&G …

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Local Seafood Business Uses Facebook to Reach Thousands

Posted on: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 @ 7:32 pm

Lindys Seafood

Lindy’s Seafood, a family owned and operated business located in Woolford, MD, offers crabs, shrimp, oysters and more. In business for 40 years, Lindy’s Seafood seasonally employs 50 people. Staying current with marketing and advertising trends, Lindy’s Seafood started a Facebook page promoting contests furthering their advertising reach within the county and state. Aubrey Vincent, …

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Dorchester County’s Alternative Agriculture Ranch

Posted on: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

SB Farms

Located in Hurlock, MD, SB Farms features Dorchester County’s only bison farm. Operated by the Edwards family, SB Farms includes a healthy heard of bison raised in a clean environment. The alternative agriculture ranch began in 1995 and continues to thrive. Selling directly to the community, as well as the farmer’s market and local restaurants, …

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Emily’s Produce Featured Nationally

Posted on: Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 @ 7:24 pm

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During the off season, Emily’s Produce owners Paul and Kelly Jackson spend a week traveling to different agricultural sites attending seminars through the North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association (NAFDMA). The Jacksons were surprised to see their family farm featured at the convention in Kansas City, Mo, along with two other family farms from other …

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Recycling One Oyster Shell At A Time

Posted on: Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 @ 5:40 pm

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The Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) is a nonprofit dedicated to “Bringing back the Chesapeake Bay one oyster at a time.” The ORP implements several programs and projects around the bay to further its restoration efforts. The Shell Recycle Alliance (SRA), one of ORP’s programs, has hundreds of restaurants, caterers and seafood wholesalers helping restore the …

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Water Moves Us to Savor Sweet Success

Posted on: Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 @ 6:41 pm


Long-time agricultural leaders in Delmarva, Dorchester’s farms produce numerous crops including corn, soybean and melons. The Layton family added a new crop in 2007 when they planned and propagated grapevines on their Vienna-based farm to create the county’s first winery. Adding this new crop to their farm produced delicious wines and created an ‘agri-tourism’ business …

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Water Moves Us to Transform Traditional Industries

Posted on: Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 @ 6:28 pm

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Generations of Eastern Shore residents earned their living plying the Chesapeake’s rivers and tributaries for the seafood synonymous with the Bay itself. As population growth and overfishing threatened the region’s once thriving industry, Dorchester ingenuity and entrepreneurism stepped in. Watermen turned entrepreneurs, Johnny Shockley and Ricky Fitzhugh established Hooper’s Island Oyster Aquaculture Company, branded Chesapeake …

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