Many would consider a chilly and overcast Saturday morning to be the perfect occasion for sleeping in. However, for a dedicated group, the weather presented ideal conditions for tree planting at Ladybrook Farm of Monkton, MD.
On April 23, over 100 volunteers planted 1,000 trees in less than two hours’ time. The trees will serve as a riparian buffer to protect a nearby stream. Riparian buffers help shade and protect streams from the impact of adjacent land uses, resulting in improved water quality and reduced pollution.
Volunteers hailed from numerous organizations, including the Institute of Applied Agriculture, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ (AGNR) Alternative Spring Break, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), as well as Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts of America. The event was coordinated by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Ladybrook Farm is owned by IAA alumna Carin Celebuski, a 2010 graduate of the IAA’s Ornamental Horticulture program, and her husband, Vince Matanoski. The farm has been featured on the CBF website for its commitment to sustainability.
Under previous ownership, the property specialized in corn and soybean production. Carin and Vince plan to grow Ladybrook Farm as a diversified business including cut flowers, honey, goat dairy, Christmas trees, and retired racehorse training.