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John Hershey, Friend of the Trees in Downingtown

Event Type: Adults
Date: 10/7/2018
Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM
Description:
 Join us for a lecture by Dale Hendricks about John Hershey, Friend of the Trees. You may have read about this fascinating subject in a recent issue of Philadelphia Magazine: https://www.phillymag.com/articles/2018/07/07/downingtown-food-forest-urban-farming/

Mr. Hershey was a devout Quaker who had a vision of farms that built and protected soils and water, which included trees shrubs, vines, birds and berries. He was growing and selecting superior and improved trees for higher nutritive value and long season productivity with happy farm animals and healthier farmers in mind. He practiced what he preached by demonstrating this at his Downingtown farms and Nursery from 1923 to 1967. He demonstrated the practice by planting a great diversity of tree crops that rained food down for most all of the growing season. Sadly when he died the properties were developed.

In the talk we'll look at the many trees that remain and our beginning efforts to preserve their improved genetics and hopefully the trees themselves. The work and life giving vision of this pioneer still have a lot to teach us.

Dale Hendricks has been growing and propagating plants professionally since 1975 when he was fortunate to be employed at Green Leaf Enterprises in Lancaster County, Pa. In 1988 he co-founded North Creek Nurseries, Inc in Landenberg, Pa along with current owner Steve Castorani in order to propagate and grow perennials and grasses with an emphasis on natives and garden selections of natives. In 2009 he founded Green Light Plants, LLC. To build carbon friendly and regenerative landscapes; growing native, woodland and permaculture plants, organically and joyfully. Since '88 he lives in Landenberg, southern Chester County, Pa with his family where he gardens,propagates plants, and grows good soil.
Library: Downingtown Library
Contact: Elizabeth Hess
Contact Number: 610-269-2741
Presenter: Dale Hendricks
Status: Closed


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