We are grateful to Erin Smith and Katherine Schaberl, students at the Massanutten Regional Governors School, for conducting their field research project at the White House Farm. They focused their work on the soil and water quality at the White House and EMJ farms, posing the question of how do water quality and soil type and composition affect the vegetation that grows in three designated riparian areas in Page County, Virginia and how to the locations compare to each other.
They observed plant growth in the riparian buffers over time, identified native warm season grasses, wildflowers, trees and shrubs, analyzed results and compared the locations to compare vegetative cover.
We appreciated Ms. Smith and Ms. Schaberl choosing the farms for their research as we are always interested in working with students on research projects and hosting field trips to the farms.
The final project presentation can be found here.