Clean Water Field Day Set for Columbia County

8/17/2013 7:00 AM

MILLHEIM, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will present a field day on managing forested stream buffers on Aug. 20 at Forks Farm in Orangeville, Pa.

John and Todd Hopkins use pasture-based farming methods at Forks Farm to produce poultry, eggs, beef, lamb and pork. Because the farm lies just upstream from the fork between three streams, they have adopted a variety of practices to maintain the health of these creeks.

Field day participants will observe the buffers along the streams and learn how they work within the Hopkins’ planned grazing system.

Presenters Kelly O’Neill and Frank Rohrer, experts from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Kris Ribble, a grazing specialist from the NRCS — all of whom helped the Hopkins plan and implement the buffers — will discuss technical and logistical aspects of the project.

The field day is open to the public and includes lunch for $35. Those who are members of PASA or the Chesapeake Bay Foundation can attend for $20.

To learn more and register, visit or call 814-349-9856.

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