Calving Season: Swoope Almanac – March 2017

Calving Season Begins March 1st Green grass emerges from its brown, dormant cloak of winter. Northern Harriers glide and teeter, close to the ground in search of anything that moves. In the vast grasslands of Swoope, Virginia, the headwaters of the Shenandoah River it’s voles they hunt. American Plum pushes forth its white blooms, and […]

Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week in the Middle River Watershed – 2016

Two events were held in the Shenandoah Valley for Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.  One on David Surratt’s farm in Fishersville, VA and another on Jeanne Hoffman’s farm in Swoope.  Both venues are in the Middle River watershed. Surratt Farm Event Mr. Surratt and his family excluded their cattle from five tributaries of Long Meadow.  They […]

Improve Herd Health with Abundant Clean Water

Livestock Drinking Dirty Water is Not Good For Herd Health Humans don’t drink dirty water and neither should your livestock. Aristotle recognized the value of boiling water and burying feces to prevent disease back in 350BC. We’ve been learning ever since.  Just as with human health, herd health improves with abundant clean water. At Least […]

Barefoot in South Africa – The Rhino War and Drought

The Princess of Swoope and I walked barefoot in South Africa.  Cape Town, Nelspruit, Kruger National Park, Ballito and the Drakensburg escarpment were on our itinerary that encompassed three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  That means we took in some of the most spectacular and unique places on Earth.  First, Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain, then […]

The Princess of Swoope Goes to DC to See President Obama

Jeanne, the Princess of Swoope and I had the privilege of attending the League of Conservation Voters annual Capital Dinner on June 25th.  It was held in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the nation’s capital.  We were there with the Virginia delegation. President Obama and Senator Tim Kane were keynote speakers. […]