Tending the Susquehanna Riverlands: Regenerative Agroforestry for Farmers and Landowners

Friday, September 22 2017 7:00 PM to Saturday, September 23 2017 4:00 PM

Join us for two back-to-back events this September on Regenerative Agroforestry in the Susquehanna Riverlands. Dave Jacke, the founder of Dynamic Ecological Design and primary author of the award winning, two-volume book, Edible Forest Gardens, will give an evening lecture at Columbia Crossing on Friday, September 22nd on how principles of agroforestry can be incorporated into sustainable farming and land management practices to benefit your land and the environment.  Meet back at Columbia Crossing the next day, September 23rd, as Mr. Jacke leads a full-day workshop, visiting two Conservancy nature preserves, to see how principles of agroforestry are already being deployed in the Susquehanna Riverlands.     

Evening Lecture 

Register Today: https://conservancy_agroforestry_lecture.eventbrite.com 

Friday September 22, 2017 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come to Columbia Crossing River Trails Center for an evening lecture by Dave Jacke on the ecological history, theory, and practical design examples that demonstrate the potential of regenerative agroforestry systems for farmers and landowners in the Susquehanna Riverlands.  

$10 Donation (limited to 75 people).

Full-day Agroforestry Workshop on two Conservancy Nature Preserves

Register Todayhttps://conservancy_agroforestry_workshop.eventbrite.com

Saturday, September 23rd 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm  

Join Dave Jacke and Brandon Tennis (the Conservancy’s Director of Stewardship) for an engaging one-day workshop exploring the possibilities on two Conservancy nature preserves within the Susquehanna Riverlands. Event begins at Columbia Crossing. We will return to Columbia Crossing for lunch and at the end of the event.

$50 Fee (limited to 25 people). Transportation to and from Columbia Crossing to Nature Preserves and lunch provided.


Healthy ecosystems maintain, fertilize, and renew themselves, naturally.  Land management techniques that mimic such healthy ecosystems can produce food, fiber, medicine, and other products while simultaneously regenerating the landscape.  Native Americans learned how to “tend the wild” in this way, to the point that Europeans did not even recognize much of the North American landscape as agricultural.  Given what we now know about ecology, agriculture, forestry, and design, opportunities have arisen for us to create new kinds of productive ecosystems.  How might these ideas apply to the 5,000 preserved acres held by the Lancaster County Conservancy, and elsewhere in the Susquehanna Riverlands? 


Dave Jacke is the founder of Dynamic Ecological Design and primary author of the award winning two-volume book Edible Forest Gardens. An engaging, passionate, and meticulous designer and educator, Dave has consulted on, designed, and planted landscapes at homes, farms, and communities all across the country, but mainly in the Northeast US.

Advance registration required:

Please register using the eventbrite.com links above or by  contacting Christian Przybylek at (717) 392-7891 x 206  or CPrzybylek@LancasterConservancy.org     



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Climbers Run Public Meeting

Thursday, November 9 2017 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


Please join us to participate in our continued planning for Climbers Run future. This meeting is open to the public and will, once again, be held at Climbers Run. Meeting will run from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Your thoughts and idea are welcomed and will help establish priorities for enhancements and conservation efforts.

If you have any questions, please contact Lydia Martin at 717.392.7891 x215 or lmartin@lancasterconservancy.org.

Climbers Run is located at 226 Frogtown Road, Lancaster, PA 17565.

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Friday, November 17 2017 12:00 AM

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