Thinking fall and foliage? The Wayne County Farm Tour is set for Saturday, October 17th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Farming has a long history in Wayne County. In the early days of Wayne County, there were over 1500 active family farms. Farming has changed quite a bit since then. Wayne County is now home to family farms, vegetable producers, and specialty farms. Many of our local farms have diversified to remain viable. Join us while we visit some of the most unique and successful farms in our area. While we travel, we will be discussing some of the challenges and hardships faced by farmers today.
We will visit 4 area farms, each unique in its management and products. There will be vegetables, cheese, and flowers available. Bring a cooler if you like, there is plenty of room. The farms on the Tour include; Willow Wisp Organic Vegetable Farm, Brian Smith Dairy, Calkins Creamery, and Fox Hill Farm. It is also a great opportunity to learn how farmers work hard to protect the environment.
The bus leaves from 648 Park Street (the old Stourbridge School) promptly at 9 am. Your $10 ticket includes lunch too. There is plenty of space, bring a cooler if you like. We will have a home-cooked meal at the Calkins Grange, a historic Agricultural advocacy group.
Make your reservation, with payment, by October 13th, 2015.
The tour has been coordinated by the Wayne Conservation District, in partnership with PACD. For more information and a map of the tour, please visit wayneconservation.org or contact Heidi Ferber of the Wayne Conservation District at 570-253-0930.
The Wayne Conservation District has decided to expand their cover crop incentive program. The goal is to promote the Best Management Practice (BMP) of Cover Crops. The funding is available to active farmers only. Producers will be reimbursed for up to 5 acres at $80 per acre, up to a maximum of $400.
Cover crops are excellent at improving soil health, protecting soil loss from erosion, and nutrient scavengers. Fields producing an annual crop (one that leaves the soil open) would qualify for cover crop seed reimbursement, i.e. corn, soybean, or a commercial vegetable garden. The seed must be planted in such a manner to minimize soil disturbance, such as no-till. Tilling and/or discing fields to plant the cover crop will not be reimbursable; the District has a No-Till seeder available for rental. There are no restrictions for the use of the crop the following year. Cover crops must be planted timely to insure vegetative growth before winter conditions.
The deadline to apply is October 31, 2015. Funding is limited. Applications will be considered on a first come first serve basis. You must pre-register. Call to schedule an on-site registration or apply in person at the District located at 648 Park Street Complex, Honesdale. Contact us at 570-253-0930. Check out our Website (www.wayneconservation.org) and our Facebook page too!
If you live in Wayne County or the surrounding area and raise livestock please take a few minutes and complete this important survey.
Help us plan for the future of Wayne County’s Livestock industry. Take some time to complete this online survey by going to the link below. Your input is important to us and is valuable. If you have any questions please contact Bob Muller, Wayne Conservation District at 570-253-0930 or email email@example.com.
Wayne Tomorrow Agriculture Committee
The Wayne Conservation District Board approved a change to the Districts’ review fees for the Erosion and Sediment Control program. The only category with a change is the commercial sites. After review the costs in time for reviews it was determined that the costs were not being met on commercial sites only. The result is an increase in the charges for reviews that fit this category.
For a copy of the fee schedule click the link below.