Wanted: People who love oysters.
Why: To grow them.
Where: Creeks or rivers.
No, really, why: The state’s Marylanders Grows Oysters program, in its fifth year, is looking for citizens to grow oysters that are then planted in local oyster sanctuaries.
Benefits: Bay restoration. Also: More oysters! Last year, more than two million were raised.
The circle of life benefit, according to the state: “The year-old oysters are collected and planted in a local oyster sanctuary, and a new group of young oysters is distributed to participating growers to start the process again.”
The feel good benefit, according to the state: “Citizen oyster growers enjoy the personal rewards of stewardship and learn about oysters while contributing to the enhancement of an oyster reef.”
What it takes: “Minimal care,” according to the state. Water. Also: Cages, provided free. Rinse cage every two weeks. Oysters!
Photos of happy oysters growers: Click here.
Can the oysters be eaten: Nope. They are to be planted in a sanctuary. Control yourselves.
How to apply: Click here.