• Phillips Wharf Environmental Center - Learn to grow your own oysters

  • Learn to grow your own oysters this March 21
    Phillips Wharf Environmental Center on Tilghman Island, Md. is offering a course on growing oysters from your own dock on Sat., Mar. 21 from 10 to 3 p.m., with oyster farmer Lawrence Rudner of St. Michaels, Md. leading the course. The event includes a shuck-your-own lunch of a dozen oysters, with participation limited, and advance registration needed.
    “You can grow healthy, delicious oysters for your own use off your dock with minimal effort, all while helping to clean the Chesapeake Bay,” said PWEC Executive Director Kelley Cox. “The state of Maryland is offering a tax credit of up to $500 per person for the purchase of new floating oyster cages. This course will help folks to use that credit, while teaching the practical aspects of oyster gardening.”
    The oyster gardening workshop will cover information on oyster history, biology, and regulations; gardening and equipment options and sources; seed types; processing and harvesting techniques; ways to safely shuck an oyster; and more.
    Lawrence Rudner has been growing oysters dockside for more than 10 years, and has recently applied for two aquaculture leases to raise and commercially sell oysters under the Oyster Girl Oysters brand.
    The cost of the workshop is $99 and includes lunch. To reserve, please send a check made out to ‘PWEC,’ along with your phone number, email address, and postal address to: PWEC Oyster Gardening Class, 6129 Tilghman Island Rd, Tilghman, MD 21671.
    Phillips Wharf Environmental Center's mission is to encourage, educate, and engage Chesapeake Bay stewards of all ages through interactive experiences highlighting the Bay's ecosystem and its inhabitants. For more information, visit phillipswharf.org.

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