Stories of love, land, and water in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley
First Place, Outstanding Book 2019
Virginia Outdoor Writers Association
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For a limited time only, I am offering the Swoope Almanac to all my friends and followers who find themselves virtual shut-ins during these trying times. Taste the wine, feel the soil, smell the rain, hear the warblers, see the wonders…all without leaving the safety of your home!
Join me on these pages to experience the surge of life’s energy in spring, the healing power of trees, and life on the farm with a ninth-generation, pearl-earring-wearing, calf-roping farmer. Restoring streams, wildlife habitat, and soil are core themes that weave through this journal. Thank you for reaching out, spreading the word (not the virus), and doing your part.
Bobby Whitescarver and Jeanne Hoffman are using WaterWatch to document the effectiveness of BMPs on their Meadowview Farm to reduce nutrient, sediment, and bacteria loads into Middle River. Water Watch is built around two cloud-based applications developed by The Commons (formerly Chesapeake Commons): Water Reporter, a social network that shares images, observations, and monitoring data to fuel social media campaigns for improving water quality; and Field Doc, which measures stream restoration impacts of management practices at the project and parcel level. View FieldDoc and WaterReporter…