This week Erik Hagan – a farmer and Agroforestry professional based out of State College PA – stopped by for a tour of the farm. Erik is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at Penn State and working with the USDA Agricultural Research Service lab to develop a Riparian Conservation Planning Tool for conserving and enhancing riparian ecosystems and water resources in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. This project seeks to aid farmers and professional service providers in selecting best management practice applications for riparian ecosystems and regional water resources. One of the most promising practices they are evaluating is the multi-functional riparian buffer – an intensively managed system of timber, fruit and nut trees and shrubs that will produce an edible crop for humans and/or livestock. What makes these buffers multi-functional is that the trees, shrubs, and grasses slow down and soak up the run-off from adjacent fields and convert nutrients in the water into plant matter that is ultimately harvested. The trees also serve to shade the streams from direct sunlight so that the water temperature stays cool which is critical for the survival of a healthy aquatic ecosystem. These buffers have been installed across the region in an effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay but the data and science on their performance as a water-purifying tool is just beginning to come to the fore. Recently, CFF was awarded a $60k Growing Greener grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection to fund the design and implementation of a multi-functional riparian buffer on our farm to protect the Paunacussing Creek. We invited Erik down to see the farm and shed some light on the results that they are seeing from these buffers and he clued us in to some key findings that will guide us as we embark on designing our buffer. Stay tuned for announcements of opportunities to participate in the design and implementation of this project over the coming year.
Preheat oven to 450° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Separate egg whites and egg yolks, placing the egg whites in a large bowl and the yolks in a small bowl.
Season the egg whites with salt and pepper. Using a whisk or a hand mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in Parmesan, ham, and chives. Create 4 mounds of egg whites on the prepared baking sheet and indent the centers of each to look like nests. Bake until slightly golden, about 3 minutes.
Add an egg yolk to the center of each egg white cloud. Season yolk with salt and pepper. Bake until the yolks are set, which is about another 3 minutes.
A quick change in the temperature doesn’t mean Spring is right around the corner, hoodies are still a must! What better way to stay warm then in a CFF sweatshirt. Sizes range from Small to X-Large. Sweatshirts are $35.00 and we accept cash, check, or credit card. Merchandise can be purchased directly from the farm by contacting Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, 100% of the proceeds go to feed the needy in our own backyards.
By partnering with several Bucks County food pantries, Broad Street Ministry, Coalition Against Hunger, Cathedral Kitchen and Face to Face Germantown, people throughout the Philadelphia area are benefiting from our nutritious harvest.