On September 26, 2017, Audrey Gay Rodgers of Hameau Farm (located at 6364 PA-655, Belleville, PA 17004) will be hosting an educational session about the practices used on her farm. Not only are these good for her herd, but good for the environment. Starting at 10 a.m., attendees will have an opportunity to hear from:

  • The Natural Resources Conservation Service – The NRCS representative, Bill Stidfole, will discuss the value of the stone-based lane, the high tensile fence, the manure pit that prevents run-off in the stream, and the progressive practice of using solar energy to power the pump for the well and deliver water for cows to drink.
  • The Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council – Jessica Williamson, the Penn State Extension Forage Agronomist, will join us to talk about the rotational use of the paddocks and the management of the grass.
  • The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture – Franklin Eden will be in attendance to discuss the importance of soil and how to improve its organic matter.
  • Ben Walsh – Finally, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about how rotational grazing is utilized by the farm director of the Reymann Memorial Herd at West Virginia University.

Attendees will also be invited to take part in a delicious lunch of grass-fed burgers, Ayrshire cheese, and homemade ice cream.

The event is free and open to the public. All those interested are encouraged to attend and learn the value of the aforementioned management techniques.