Riparian Buffer Month Field Day, Happy Hollow Farm

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Happy Hollow Farms is excited to host a Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council field day to celebrate their multi-functional streamside planting during Riparian Buffer Month! Attendees will have the opportunity to see a riparian buffer that is over 10 years old and planted in a unique drift pattern instead of the traditional rows. Landowners, Don and Ann English, will share their maintenance challenges, the rewards of seeing increased bird, frog, and insect populations, and the many lessons they have learned transforming this crop farm into a sustainable system that benefits people and nature. The 4 acre project was awarded the PA Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award in 2018.


Following the conclusion of the field day and educational walk of the farm, attendees are invited to help plant some additional trees and shrubs within the buffer where there is a need to supplement existing efforts. Get your hands dirty and have a hand in restoring this landscape!

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Cost Tier

Registration $5.00, Donation $10.00, Donation $15.00, Donation $20.00

What is your level of experience with riparian buffers?

Very little- I know what they are, Some- I have heard a presentation before or volunteered to plant trees once, Quite a bit- I have been involved with the planting or maintenance of multiple riparian buffers, Expert- I design, install, and maintain riparian buffers regularly but am always interested in learning more

What are you hoping to learn during this field day?

The basics- I’ve never seen a buffer before, The benefits of riparian buffers to wildlife and stream health, Challenges of maintenance and how to overcome, Multi-functional uses of riparian buffers (fruits, nuts, woody florals), How to design and install riparian buffers using an ecological approach that takes into consideration plant communities and soil health