John Hershey, Friend of Trees: PA’s Agroforestry Pioneer

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He was a man before his time who developed and tirelessly promoted a vision of diverse tree-based agricultural systems right here in Pennsylvania. Discover more about this pioneer during an evening virtual meeting with longtime friend of the Horn Farm Center, Dale Hendricks of Green Light Plants.

A virtual presentation and community conversation.

“.. it is more important to save this country by growing trees and preserving the soil, than it is to try to save it by sending men to war.” - John Hershey's ‘Nature’s Orbits’ (a self-published book he wrote 1964)

Dale will talk about John Hershey, a devout Quaker, who had a vision of fertile and diverse farms that protected soils and water.  From 1921 to 1967 he grew and selected superior trees for higher nutritive value and long season productivity to benefit both humans and animals. When he died, his Downingtown farms and nursery were developed and largely forgotten. Dale and others are working to preserve and propagate the many remaining trees because of their improved genetics.

He was a man before his time who developed and tirelessly promoted a vision of diverse tree-based agricultural systems right here in Pennsylvania. Discover more about this pioneer during an evening virtual meeting with longtime friend of the Horn Farm Center, Dale Hendricks of Green Light Plants.
 
Join us to learn about this remarkable early botanist whose work still lives on in fruit and nut trees! The event will be held on zoom. The event will include a 45 minute presentation with plenty of time for Q&A. You will receive the link via email following your online registration.

Please note that this event will be held in the regular zoom meeting format, not presentation mode. Therefore, all participants will be on screen and have the ability to interact with the speaker and other attendees during the meeting. 


About the Presenter

Dale Hendricks has been growing and propagating plants professionally since 1975, first with Green Leaf Enterprises in Lancaster County, Pa. He has been honored with the American Horticulture Society’s Individual Commercial award and the Perennial Plant Association’s Young Professional award and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society award of merit. He has taught plant propagation at Longwood Gardens and lectures widely.

He served on the founding board of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and as co-chair from 2004-2007. In 2009 he founded Green Light Plants, LLC. To build carbon friendly and regenerative landscapes; growing native, woodland and permaculture plants, organically and joyfully. In 2009 he founded Green Light Plants, LLC. To build carbon friendly and regenerative landscapes; growing native, woodland and permaculture plants, organically and joyfully. A recent podcast covering regeneration, soils and much more may be of interest.   He lives in Landenberg, southern Chester County, Pa with his family where he gardens, propagates plants, and grows good soil.

When
February 4th, 2021 7:00 PM through  8:30 PM
Location
This is an online class
United States
Event Fee(s)
Event Registration Fee $ 20.00