Please join Claudia Knab-Vispo and Conrad Vispo, Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program and Anne Bloomfield, Farmscape Ecology Coordinator, Hudson Valley Farm Hub for an in-depth look at seeded native meadows and their inhabitants at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub (1875 Hurley Mt. Road, Hurley NY 12443).
In 2017, the Farm Hub established three trial plots with the goal to understand what native meadow seed mixes and management systems used in erosion-prone areas can produce quality habitat for beneficial insects and grassland birds in our region.
We will share our experience with planning (with help from Xerces Society), choice of species, and the field work undertaken to establish and manage the plots organically over three seasons. We will describe how the plant composition in the meadows continues to evolve and share our insights into the use of different meadows by pollinators, pest predators, and other wildlife on the farm.
This meeting is free and intended for farmers, conservation professionals, and land managers interested in how open or underutilized space can be planted and managed to create beneficial habitat.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, though walks-ins are also permitted. To register, please call (845) 331-1187 to register with John Murphy, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.