In celebration of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week (June 4 – 12) Jeanne and I are hosting a “River Walk at the Farm” on Sunday, June 12th at 3pm. Meet at the intersection of Boy Scout Lane and Trimbles Mill Road in Augusta County, Virginia.
Space is limited to the first 50 participants. This event is now full (May 21).
Walk the River
Walk the stream banks with Jeanne and me to discover the rich biodiversity of the native, riparian plants including false indigo bush, catalpa, jewelweed, native grasses, and much more. Yes, there are invasive plants as well that we will talk about and take out. See the blooms and pollinators in action. Hear and see the birds including Bobolinks, Meadowlarks, Eastern Kingbirds, Grasshopper Sparrows, Tree Swallows, Warbling Vireos, Yellow Warblers, Orioles, and many more. They will all be nesting by then.
See rotational grazing of cattle in action. This farm is divided into four grazing units. One of them is a native grass pasture that was converted from tall fescue in 2012. Two species of big bluestem and two species of switchgrass were planted and established in ONE year.
Save our Streams Protocol
We will sample the bugs in the river using the Save our Streams protocol to score its quality. Middle River is one of the most polluted rivers in Augusta County. It’s on the Commonwealth’s “dirty waters” list for E.coli and sediment. But the E.coli counts are reduced in half by flowing a quarter mile through our farm. Why? The riparian forest buffer provides the aquatic ecosystem with the carbon it needs to process the in-stream pollution. Learn more here. Leaves from our trees are the corn silage of the aquatic ecosystem.
Riparian Forest Buffer
Walk through a twelve-year-old CREP hardwood tree planting that has actually had some management applied. Tree canopy closure was achieved in seven years. Swamp white oak, crabapple, river birch and many other riparian trees “made it” because we maintained tree shelters and suppressed invasive species like tall fescue.
Bring your boots and binos for a wondrous walk along the river. We will limit this event to the first 50 participants. This event is now Full.
Celebrate America’s Largest Estuary
Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week is June 4 – 12. Championed by the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the legislatures of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania adopted resolutions celebrating the Bay. Here is Virginia’s resolution. Emmett Hanger, State Senator from the Shenandoah Valley is on the Commission. Want to celebrate? There are plenty of planned events throughout the sprawling 64,000 square mile watershed. Here’s a link to The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s website with planned events you can join.
Sponsors for this event:
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, The Downstream Project, Friends of Middle River, Valley Conservation Council, Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District, Shenandoah Valley Network, Virginia Native Plant Society and Virginia Working Landscapes.
HI Bobby and Jean, I’d like to come. Royce will be working, so it would be just 1.
Thanks Pam, I’ve got you on the list.
Pam, thanks. I’ve got you on the list.
Yes, I’d much like to visit on June 12. Especially like to review your systems for fencing out livestock from river/ creeks plus keeping those fences and pumped watering systems always working.
John, thanks. You are on the list. See you then.
Nice to meet you today at the Henderson’s farm. My husband and I would like to come, and my son. Meneta, Mark, and Alex Deaton
Very nice to meet you today! Looking forward to the walk.
Put me on your list, Bobby. I will have just returned from doing an environmental assessment of marine plastics pollution in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Will have many stories to tell! – Bruce
I would love to come but will be out of the country. It sounds like a wonderful day.
Hi Bobby – would absolutely love to come this outing!! Darci
Thanks Darci, you are on the list.
Looking forward to this!
Great, got you on the list. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Please put the Corrigan’s down , party of 2!
Julie, I’ve got you two on the list. See you then.
Bobby, book one spot for me, thanks Bob
Bob, you are on the list. See you then.
Hi! We live in Swoope and would like to attend. My husband, myself, and our three little kids. Thank you!
Ashley, thanks, I’ve got you three on the list. Looking forward to having you there.
We’d love to join you..Phyllis&Fred
Phyllis and Fred, you are on the list. See you then.
This sounds wonderful. I would like to join you. Larry will try to be free and will see if a spot is available when he knows.
Diane, I’ve you both on the list. See you then.
Bobby – Sharon and I would love to join if you still have space. Thanks, Tom Engle
Tom, you and Sharon are in. See you then.
I’d like to attend.
Thank you for offering this!
Thanks Penny, see you then.
Emily and I would like to come. Hope there’s room. Looking forward with great anticipation. Have quail covey on hand.
Can I sign up? Maybe my husband too if there is room.
Jen, I’ve got you on the list.