"Maximizing for the New Millennium", Field Day
(Holtwood, PA) People with an invested interest in agriculture will once
again converge at Cedar Meadow Farm on July 28th, 10 AM. to 3 P.M. for
Steve Groff's 6th annual Field Day.
Again this year, the event will be held in conjunction with the
Lancaster County Conservation Districts annual Expo, and will be
sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture
(PASA), USDA/SARE, and local ag businesses.
Steve's efforts have not gone unnoticed as he continues to be recognized
as a leader in soil conservation, environmental responsibility, and long
term agriculture sustainability. In January, he was named "1998 National
No-Till Innovator of the Year", and in April, a prime time PBS
mini-series, "Journey to Planet Earth", featured Cedar Meadow Farm along
with farms from 3 other continents.
"Farmers need to be innovative, but yet practical, and they need to turn
a profit," Steve says. "I hope this opportunity will help farmers
'Maximize for the New Millennium,' in a way that positively impacts
their bottom line while respecting the environment".
The 6th annual Field Day will feature a new format for 1999. Several
"learning stations" will be ongoing through out the day. Topics are:
planters, irrigation, soil
quality, farm use of computers, and geographic information systems
(GIS). Also new this year will be a soil pit allowing people to view
the effects this system has below the soil surface. Dr. Ray Weil and
Joel Gruver will again fascinate the crowd with their enthusiastic
knowledge of soil structure.
At noon, Dan Towery, Natural Resources Specialist from the Conservation
Technology Information Center in West Lafayette, Indiana, will give a
national and international perspective on soil conservation trends. Jill
Auburn, National Director of USDA's SARE Program, will share how farmers
can apply for grants to test new sustainable practices. Steve Groff is
currently utilizing funds from a SARE grant to observe the economic and
environmental benefits of no-till processing tomatoes
Children won't want to miss an adventure with locally renowned
naturalist Chotty Sprenkle, as she takes them on a stream study and soil
The all day event will feature ways to practically increase profits,
save soil, and reduce pesticides in both agronomic and vegetable crops,
and provide an opportunity to see first-hand the unique cropping
strategies and proven soil conservation methods Steve uses.
His website, www.cedarmeadowfarm.com, profiles the farm, gives
additional information for the Field Day, and provides details of his
video, “No-Till Vegetables, A Sustainable Way to Increase Profits, Save
Soil, and Reduce Pesticides”.
Registration will be upon arrival at the farm and door prizes will be
given away throughout the day. Plenty of great food will be available
Directions: From the intersection of 272 and 372 (south of Lancaster),
take 372 west 4.5 miles to Hilldale Rd. Turn right. Travel 1.5 miles to
Cedar Meadow Farm -on the right.
Phone: (717) 284-5152 e-mail: email@example.com
-- July 28th, Field Day, "Maximizing for the New Millennium" check website for details "Enhancing the Environment" http://www.cedarmeadowfarm.com/ Cedar Meadow Farm 679 Hilldale Road Holtwood, PA 17532 USA
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