We were delighted to host the Valley Conservation Council for their Silver Anniversary and 25th annual membership meeting at the White House Farm on September 13, 2015.
A short storm caused volunteers to scramble for flying registration forms and rearrange table decorations but then the day turned beautiful and sunny and the entire celebration was one of good cheer, fellowship, great food, music and excellent speakers.
Bruce Rinker, executive director of the Valley Conservation Council, welcomed everyone and kept the day on schedule with the full agenda. The Council is one of the Commonwealth’s premiere land trusts and, as a member-based conservation organization, is focused on the protection of the natural resources, cultural heritage, and agricultural vitality of America’s legendary Shenandoah Valley.
A silent auction allowed a few fortunate attendees to go home with beautiful pieces of art or look forward to vacation packages donated by local inns and hotels.
Jennifer Flynn, Deputy Superintendent of Shenandoah National Park spoke on the importance of partnerships in conserving land and working together to protect natural resources.
On a tour to the White House led by White House Farm Foundation executive director Chris Anderson, attendees got to see a professional excavation pit opened by Dr. Carole Nash from James Madison University and the Archeological Society of Virginia. The group then walked down to the riparian buffer and learned about the native warm season grass restoration research area.
Picture Farmer Films showed the trailer for “Saving Grace, Saving Place”, a wonderful new documentary on the land stewardship program at the Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, VA which will air on National Public Television next year.
Everyone enjoyed the barbecue supper prepared by Shaffer’s Catering and the educational exhibits from area conservation groups.
The day also corresponded with the unveiling of the Valley Conservation Council’s updated website.
Everyone was very grateful to Scott Plein, owner of the historic White House Farm, for hosting the event and to the farm crew managed by Shawn Bradley for having the farm in perfect shape for the event.