Down on the Farm Tour Thank You

Tidewater Soil and Water Conservation District would like to thank all our volunteers, sponsors, and visitors for making our Down on the Farm Tour a success. Nearly 200 visitors attended this fun educational tour at Timberneck Farm in Gloucester and were educated on forestry, wildlife, history, oysters, conservation, youth in agriculture, and modern grain farming. Sponsors for the event were Farm Credit, Gloucester-Mathews Farm Bureau, and Colonial Virginia Bank.

Timberneck Farm, located on the York River, was originally part of a 1639 land grant from England that encompasses 1,100 acres of farmland, timber, marsh, and Catlett Islands.  Timberneck Hall, the original house on the property was built in 1805. Timberneck Farm has been transformed into a residential preservation development where over 400 acres are forever protected with conservation easements. Conservation projects include shoreline stabilization, oyster reef development, 55 acres of Longleaf Pine trees, and 195 acres of productive farmland that uses VA Agricultural Best Management Practices. 

          

Pictured below are Keith and Clem Horsley talking about Precision Agriculture with visitors to the Farm Tour.

          Areas of interest included:              

Precision Agriculture

Soil Erosion

Longleaf Pines

Wildlife Habitat

 Beekeeping

Sheep and 4-H Games

Snake Exhibit

Oyster Reef Restoration

Timberneck  History

Low Impact Development

 Down on the Farm Tour Brochure