We have been visited by some great groups recently: Just this morning, we hosted the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Luray Chapter #436. This is the local chapter of a nationwide organization whose objectives are ‘historical, educational, benevolent, memorial and patriotic’. Click here for more info.
In early October we hosted the field trip of the 8th Annual Eastern Native Grass Symposium for lunch at the Grove. The group was touring the Shenandoah Valley to see native grass stands and had just visited the open fields at Big Meadows in Shenanadoah National Park. Attendees came from Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennyslvania, Mississippi and other states to learn ways to encourage native warm season grasses. The group walked along the recently mowed path in order to reach the Grove, admiring the big blue stem, indian grass and little blue stem which has flourished after we burnt the field this past winter.
The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District serves both Page and Rockingham Counties and the City of Harrisonburg. We enjoyed hosting the October meeting at the farm and discussing the various farmer cost-share programs and the opportunity to Page County citizens who live in the Mill and Hawksbill Creek watersheds to receive assistance for septic pumpouts and maintenance until Dec. 31, 2012.
This group of lovely ladies met for a photo shoot at the farm in support of the event for Choices. Each lady is a Miss Luray winner.