Can Food Production and a Clean Chesapeake Bay Coexist?


A panel discussion between farmers, environmentalists, and the public
6:30 pm | February 25 | @ Washington College

We all want clean water and vibrant rivers. We all need food to survive, but farming practices are often blamed for the deterioration of the Chesapeake Bay. Can we have both?

Join us at 6:30 pm on Thursday, Feb. 25 for a panel discussion by farmers, environmentalists, and local residents about challenges and successes in the effort to achieve a healthier Chesapeake Bay while continuing to produce food. The event is free and open to the public. The discussion will be driven by questions from the audience.

The agricultural perspective will be represented by Sean Jones, a dairy farmer in Massey, Md., Trey Hill, a row crop farmer in Rock Hall, Md., and Mike Twining, a representative with Willard Agri-Service. The environmental perspective will be provided by Kim Coble, a Vice President of Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Jeff Horstman, Miles-Wye Riverkeeper in Easton, Md. Mark Nardi, a geographer with the US Geological Survey, will explain the findings of recent scientific studies of nutrient movement through our groundwater. The lively discussion, driven by audience questions, will be moderated by former US Rep. Wayne Gilchrest.

This event is co-hosted by the Sassafras River Association and the Chester River Association in coordination with the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College. The College is hosting the event and a light reception afterward in Decker Theater in the Gibson Center for the Arts.

Kim Coble – VP Environmental Protection and Restoration, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, Md.
Trey Hill – Harborview Farms, Rock Hall, Md.
Jeff Horstman – Miles-Wye RIVERKEEPER®, Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, Easton, Md.
Sean Jones – Jones Family Farm, Massey, Md.
Mark Nardi – Geographer, US Geological Survey, Dover, Del.
Mike Twining – VP Sales and Marketing, Willard Agri-Service, Dover, Del.

Hon. Wayne Gilchrest – Education Programs Director, Sassafras Environmental Education Center

February 25, 2016
6:30-8:30 pm Panel discussion
8:30-9:30 pm Reception
Decker Theater, Gibson Center for the Arts, Washington College
300 Washington Ave.
Chestertown, MD
Free and open to the public

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