Learn to grow your own oysters this March 21

PWEC_LearntoGrowOysters2(TILGHMAN ISLAND, MD – January 27, 2010) 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.”

PWEC_LearntoGrowOysters3The 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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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. Participants will learn about all the steps of oyster growing and harvesting off your private dock, while taking advantage of a Maryland tax credit for growing your own oysters. Participation is limited, with advanced registration needed.

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PWEC’s oyster gardening workshop takes place on Sat., Mar. 21, and will cover information on seed types, like these shown here, along with oyster history, biology, and regulations; gardening and equipment options and sources; processing and harvesting techniques; ways to safely shuck an oyster; and more.

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PWEC’s Mar. 21 oyster gardening workshop includes a shuck-your-own lunch of a dozen oysters, in addition to detailed instruction on how to grow oysters from your private dock. The program takes place in PWEC’s classroom from 10 to 3 p.m. with participation limited, and advance registration needed.