On an autumn day in mid-October, Kurtz, assisted by Alliance staff and volunteers, planted 326 saplings of a variety of species along a headwater creek of the Conestoga River on Kurtland Farms.
“Working with dairy farmers is great. They know their land, they’re here every single day, and so they know what the problems are and know the potential solutions,” says Davis. “Our job is to help bring resources to them to fix things that need to be fixed and to improve their properties for the current operation and for future generations.”
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and its partners funded this project through different grants. The long-standing partnership between the Alliance, American Dairy Association North East and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program facilitates opportunities for dairy farmers to protect the environment in different ways, such as planting trees along streams and rivers on their farms.