TILGHMAN — Phillips Wharf Environmental Center on Tilghman Island is offering a course on growing oysters from your own dock from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 21, with oyster farmer Lawrence Rudner of St. Michaels.

The event will include 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,” PWEC Executive Director Kelley Cox said. “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.

Rudner has been growing oysters dockside for more than 10 years and 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, 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 Road, 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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