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 installed 3.5 miles of fencing and five watering stations. A press conference was held on their farm to show what they did and to announce Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.
River Walk at the Farm
Jeanne and I hosted a River Walk at the Farm to show how a riparian buffer looks twelve years after excluding cattle. Fifty-six people attended to walk the 3/4 of a mile trail along Middle River and its tributaries.
Scroll through the pictures below to see some of the action.
The News Leader’s Laura Peters covered the River Walk. Here’s the real quote:
“Twelve years ago beef cattle farmer Jeanne and soil and water conservationist Bobby were married. This farm is a reflection of our mutual respect for each other. It’s a marriage of values, working together as one. Jeanne wants more grass and I want more buffer….what you see today is how we put it together to work for the cow and the river. And I think you will see as you walk the river and its tributaries that a farm can indeed produce both food and clean water”.
Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week sponsors. Thank you!
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chesapeake Bay Commission, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Working Landscapes, The Downstream Project, Friends of Middle River, Valley Conservation Council, Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District and Shenandoah Valley Network.