Eugene Bowman’s family has owned a dairy farm in Franklin County, Virginia, for four generations, and Bowman wants to make sure that when he hands it over to his sons, the land is healthy for generations to come.
“It needs to be as good or better than when I got it,” he said.
So when his local Virginia Cooperative Extension agent told him about a research project Virginia Tech is undertaking to mitigate fertilizer runoff, Bowman jumped at the chance.
He is now working with Jactone Ogejo, an associate professor of biological systems engineering on a project to create the most fashionable thing to hit farms since Carhartts — designer manure.
One of the many thank-you notes that Mike Andruczyk has received since launching a tree-planting program in Chesapeake.
If the drawing of the smiling girl standing in front of a rainbow and a tree weren’t enough to convey the impact of a Virginia Cooperative Extension program in the City of Chesapeake, then the writing underneath it did.
“Thank you for our katsura tree. You are awesome and great. I wish I was a tree planter like you,” a first-grader named Jenesis wrote in neat, tight handwriting. “Trees are beautiful to me!”
It was just one of the many thank-you notes that Extension Horticulture Agent Mike Andruczyk has received since launching the What is a Tree program that teaches students — many of who have never planted anything in their lives – about the value of trees.
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