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Your Tree Planter is Saving the World – One Tree, One Planting Tube and One Weed Mat at a Time

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If you farm within the sprawling Chesapeake Bay Watershed or other sensitive watersheds around the c
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Troy Bishopp, aka “The Grass Whisperer” is a seasoned grazier and grasslands advocate who owns, manages and linger-grazes at Bishopp Family Farm in Deansboro, NY with his understanding wife, daughters, grandchildren and parents. Their certified organic custom grazing operation raise dairy heifers, grass-finished beef and backgrounds feeder cattle on 180 acres of owned and leased pastures. Troy also mentors farmers on holistic land management for the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Upper Susquehanna Coalition as their regional grazing specialist. This award-winning free-lance writer, essayist and photographer maintains a website presence at www.thegrasswhisperer.com


  1. John Marble says:

    Just last night my wife and I sat on the porch (with cold drinks) and watched two young Blacktail bucks –still in velvet– grazing in one of our re-wilding riparian areas. We talked about the difficulty of quantifying the value of planting trees like this. But math aside, there is absolutely no doubt about the tremendous nature of this kind of work, and how fortunate we are to be able to take part in it. And here’s more good news: other people are beginning to take notice.

    So, three cheers to the tree planters and their allies. Good work, Troy!

    • The Grass Whisperer says:

      Thank you John.
      Call me a conservation romantic; albeit hopeless. According to Pete Nowak, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I’m a subversive conservationist. (http://www.jswconline.org/content/64/4/113A.extract)

      He suggests being more like the noble tree planter and solving local resource management problems by the act of doing and working with collective landowners who see the longer view of using different approaches that yield results that respect the children.

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