Land & People

Maryland is home to many diverse people and organizations working hard to steward and protect the lands, waters, plants, and animals that make the Old Line State so special. Learn more about the diverse ways people are caring for the land and creating healthier communities.

Featured Stories

Planting Green - There’s one farm that’s always looked just a little different to me from the rest. The fields are never plowed, a tall grasslike crop grows in winter and spring and in both wet and dry years, the corn and soybean crops consistently look dense and green. Curiosity finally got the better of me recently and so I stopped in to ask the farmer what was unique and special about his operation. Read the full story >

The Petty Farm The Petty family’s “Tranquility Farm,” located along the scenic shores of the Patuxent River in St. Mary’s County, is one of the more unique properties to have been conserved by MET. Totaling 300 acres, the riverfront property is sandwiched between the 600 acre Greenwell State Park, and the historic Sotterley Plantation, a restored 18th century Tidewater plantation house that is now a museum on 100 acres. Read the full story >

Kilby Cream - Bill manages the farm and oversees the operations while Phyllis and one of their daughters, Megan, takes care of the ice cream, milk, events and other business matters. While the Kilbys have been dairying for over 100 years, the ice cream business just turned 10 in July and was commemorated with the community and ice cream lovers of all ages. Read the full story>

Hedgeapple Farm - American log cabin heritage, Danish animal husbandry neatness, scientific production management, and environmental land and water preservation, these genetic strands braid together in the quadruple helix of Hedgeapple Farm, a scenic and efficient beef cattle minispread tucked away on the Buckeystown Pike just south of sprawling Frederick. Read the full story>

Blue Water Baltimore - Trash that does not end up in a landfill often ends up in stormwater runoff drains, making its way into one of the many rivers and creeks that flow through the Baltimore City region, eventually entering the Baltimore Harbor and the greater Chesapeake Bay watershed. The consequences of this pollution are tremendous, so one organization has taken action to protect the water in and around Baltimore City. Read the full story>

Beekeeping in Anne Arundel - Did you know that 61% of hives in Maryland were lost between 2014-2015 in a 12 month period? Or that there are 400 different species of bees in Maryland alone? Read the full story>

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