Sat, Aug 07|
PA Veteran Farming Project
Hope Hill Lavender Farm, August 7, 2021
Join your fellow mil/vet farmers at this Marine Corps family farm and learn about their lavender and honey production, NRCS projects, soil health, and more.
Time & Location
Aug 07, 2021, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PA Veteran Farming Project, Pennsylvania, USA
About the event
This event is restricted to veterans, military, and their spouses.
Hope Hill Lavender farm is a Certified Pennsylvania Pollinator Garden and in addition to lavender and honeybee hives, includes an acre of sunflowers. Host farmers Wendy and Troy Jochems will speak on their farm and store operation, and how agritourism helps them connect with consumers. The Jochems used NRCS technical assistance to plan and install the garden as well as conservation best management practices on the farm.
Troy, United States Marine Corps veteran and off-farm business owner, will discuss the farm operation, and will be joined by Wendy for Q&A about their public tours and events--which attract customers just as the pollinator garden attracts bees and butterflies.
Nancy Dusko, Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist, will lead a field walk of the conservation best management practices installed on the farm. She will be available during the workshop to discuss specifics about programming applicable to attendees’ farms.
Monica Pape, “The Accidental Agronomist”, is an Army spouse who works with farmers across the country giving them a better understanding of their soil tests to help them implement sensible fertilization and management plans that produce higher yielding crops while saving money and being environmentally responsible. Attendees are invited to bring their current soil tests for brief consultation with Monica during the workshop.
Following the event, guests will be able to visit the Farm Shop, where they will find a wide variety of products using essential oil grown and produced from lavender on the farm, honey products, lavender plants (if still available in August), and made-in-the-USA gifts. A highlight of any visit to Hope Hill Lavender Farm is meeting the Jochems’ “pet” donkeys, who are well known and loved by Hope Hill Lavender Farms’ social media fans.
For the health and safety of humans and animals on the farm, guests must comply with Hope Hill Lavender Farm policies, which can be found at https://hopehilllavenderfarm.com/our-farm/visit-farm .
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This event is presented with financial support from the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement.