We will Leave Zanesville, Ohio on the morning of July 12th and head to Blain, Pa. to visit with Hoover Family who own and operate a 750 sow farrow to finish operation and learn how the operation has changed over time. We will enjoy a box lunch from the Blain Market there. From the Hoover’s we will travel to the Harvest View Barn at Hershey Farms https://harvestviewbarn.com/. We will enjoy a picnic barbeque with Jim Hershey and some of the members of the Pennsylvania No-till Alliance. They will share with us about their activities as an organization in dealing with regulation in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and what they do to promote farming practices beneficial to water quality. We will leave this beautiful site and head to the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Kennett Square, Pa. for the night.
We will enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing to the Mt. Cuba Center https://mtcubacenter.org/. Here we will take a tour of their gardens and learn from a lecture on “Beautiful Native Plants Year-Round”. The Mt. Cuba Center conducts research into native pollinator plants and their cultivars. We will have a box lunch along the way to Harbor View Farms https://www.harborviewfarms.net/ in Rock Hall, Maryland. On the banner on their website, it reads “We view farmland as a canvas, not a commodity”. This farm operates 13,000 acres in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. They use no-till and cover crops along with solar and other innovative practices. From here we travel to a farm owned by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, where they have conservation practices installed and there is a dock where we will meet up with an Oysterman and hear his story. Then we travel back to Wilmington, Delaware to eat dinner at the Big Fish Grill and back to the hotel in Kennett Square, Pa.
The third day of our adventure starts out with breakfast and checking out of our hotel and traveling to the Stroud Water Research Center https://stroudcenter.org/. Founded in 1967, the banner on their website reads “Our focus is fresh water”. We will be treated to a tour of their facility and hear about the education and outreach that they do. We will then travel on to the Rodale Institute https://rodaleinstitute.org/ stopping for lunch along the way. This lunch is not included in the cost of the trip. The Rodale Institute’s website says “The Future is ORGANIC”. We will get to see a 30-year organic versus traditional cropping trial, an outdoor swine facility, and hear about their water quality research. We will be heading back to Zanesville, Ohio when we are finished at the Rodale Institute. We will stop en route for dinner on the way home, which is not included in the cost of the trip.
Because of a generous grant from the Straker Foundation we can offer a discount to Muskingum County residents Per Person.