The White House Farm Foundation joined fellow Shenandoah Valley conservation and education organizations at the recent inaugural plant swap held in Woodstock. Trees, seeds, wildflowers, garden books, plastic pots and many other items were free to the public with a great attendance throughout the day. Attendees could even bring in their garden tools for free sharpening and attend talks and presentations.
Organized by Sustainability Matters, the day offered brisk weather but participants seemed happy to chat with volunteers and learn about various aspects of good land stewardship, conservation, invasive species and forest health and the missions of nonprofit groups like the Friends of the South Fork, Master Gardeners, Cooperative Extension and Department of Forestry. We appreciate working with other groups whose missions align with ours – enriching individuals with knowledge of and involvement with our natural ecological systems, sustainable agriculture, holistic community planning and respect for local history and culture.