Kevin and Barb Bradbury, owners of Hurricane Run Farm, are hosting a group of seven this week on an alternative spring break service trip from Wake Forest University of Winston Salem, North Carolina.
Barb Bradbury said the group came to the farm to learn about organic farming. She said through the experience the group is gaining hands on organic farming experiences.
Madi Wright, Sophomore at Wake Forest and one of the alternative Spring Break leaders said the groups experience with the Bardbury’s has been rewarding.
Wright said prior to coming to the area each of the participants had some background in sustainability.
“We all have all some involvement in sustainability, that ranges from organizations that repurposes food from the dining hall to give food to the community, to environmental sustainability and onward. Those interests is what brought us all together,” Wright said.
While the students are at Hurricane Run Farm they’ll participate in projects such as, creating raised beds for planting vegetables, prune berry plants and trim fruit trees.
When asked what the students have experienced thus far Barb Bradbury said, “Today (Wednesday) we wanted them to see some of the area. We went over to Shawnee Forest and let them see the lodge, we took them to the park office and they met Jenny Richards and she lead a hike up Raven Rock. They all got to go up Raven Rock and that was wonderful.”
The students helped the Bradbury’s removed over 80 Maple Syrup taps from local trees.
Bradbury said the season for making Maple Syrup has ended and the students helped remove taps are placed high in Maple Trees and all of the taped trees are tubed together and flows into a collection barrel located downhill of the taps.
Wright said the experience thus far has been good.
“We’ve done a lot of preparing the land for a planning in the Spring and a lot of maintenance. One of our favorite things, was taking down maple lines (on Tuesday),” Wright said. “Otherwise having conversations with the Bardbury’s about their lifestyle and what it means to be a framer has been rewarding.”
She said the weather has helped to enhance their experience.
When asked what they hope to take back to Wake Forest with them Wright said, “we hope to take with us a greater understanding of what it means to grow and process food as well as an appreciation for the organic farm to market process.”
For more information about Hurricane Run Farm visit them on Facebook.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT