It’s more than just a tree; it’s a holiday experience that starts from the moment you step out of the car. Walking down aisles of fresh, sweet smelling firs and pines, checking each tree for the perfect height and girth, and then at last the challenge of cutting your own Christmas tree and preparing it for the ride home – it is these fond memories that keep many people coming back to the farms each year. Before heading out, be sure to review these top Christmas tree farms to see what supplies are needed as well as open hours, tree varieties and payment options. Also, it’s always a good idea to call in advance to make sure that trees are available before driving out to a farm. For more cut-your-own options in the area, check out these Best Christmas Tree Cutting Experiences Near Baltimore.
In efforts to fill a void of pet adoptions in the White Marsh and Perry Hall communities, the Maryland SPCA opened Project Adopt, an off-site pet adoption program, in November 2013 at the White Marsh Mall. This weekend the satellite adoption center is not only celebrating a successful first year, but also 500 pet adoptions and counting.
“One year ago, we opened Project Adopt in White Marsh Mall to help even more homeless pets find homes,” explains Aileen Gabbey, executive director of the Maryland SPCA. “Thanks to amazing community support, more than 500 pets have found homes.”
In recognition of these milestones, the Maryland SPCA is hosting a reception on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 10 a.m. at White Marsh Mall…
Education, commitment and sustainability drive Wisconsin’s brands to new heights
Through high-quality agricultural products, continued education, commitment to community and sustainable practices, Wisconsin brands have found the recipe for success.
Pursuit of Education
Wisconsin is home to many nationally known brands of meat products but it is the smaller, custom meat processors that give the state its reputation for being a cut above in the specialty meat processing world.
Wisconsin’s vast agriculture infrastructure encourages investment and growth
Business grows business, and that’s especially true for Wisconsin’s agricultural enterprises, thanks to a deep, diverse infrastructure capable of serving and supplying nearly every need.
Manufacturing is an important part of the Wisconsin economy. More than 19 percent of the state’s workers are in manufacturing, the second-highest percentage in the nation. Many of those jobs are in industries connected to the state’s $88 billion agriculture sector.
International markets demand “Fresh From Florida” products
Acting as a vital bloodline to the state’s economy by supporting more than 108,000 jobs and generating a total economic impact of over $13 billion, “Fresh From Florida” agricultural export sales increased significantly in 2013 to $4.1 billion, a 1.9 percent increase from the previous year.
As exports have continued to grow every year since 2009, this milestone demonstrates that Florida’s agriculture commodities are gaining popularity in international markets, and opportunities for further growth look promising.
Oregon ranches satisfy local, national and global demand for quality beef
Oregon ranchers know the difference between a good steak and a great steak: flavor. Oregon ranchers also know what consumers want on their plates: delicious beef. In recent years, consumers are looking for natural or specialty beef. Oregon ranchers understand that and deliver it.
Cattle ranching dates back more than 150 years to Oregon’s origins. Although beef cattle are raised in nearly every county in the state, the rugged high desert regions of Oregon create a sweet spot for cattle. Many families have been ranching in this area for generations.
Diversity and beauty define state’s nursery and Christmas tree industries
Oregon is the nation’s largest producer of shade and flowering trees as well as conifers. Innovation propels growth in the industry. Growing healthier, diverse trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials is no easy task, but with the help of Mother Nature, natural resources and sustainable practices, Oregon’s greenhouse and nursery industry is the state’s most valuable agricultural sector.
Climate, science and tourism make horticulture a booming industry
With the enviable ability to plant during the rest of the country’s cold season and a year-round gardening window, Florida ranks second nationally in the production of greenhouse and nursery products.
It is also “one of the largest segments of agriculture in Florida, making the largest impact on the state as far as jobs, economy and sales,” says Jennifer Nelis, director of communications and public relations for the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA).
For pet owners planning a trip out of town, nothing can be more stressful than finding a friend, neighbor or boarding kennel that can give your dog quality care while providing you with peace of mind. Luckily, the days of exhaustive searches for an experienced pet sitter are coming to an end as online communities like Rover.com have found a niche in connecting passionate, qualified and trusted pet sitters with local dog owners. Named 2014 Startup of the Year by GeekWire.com, Rover.com is already transforming the pet sitting landscape in Baltimore and quickly eating into the traditional $7+ billion kennel business.