During Lancaster County Water Week, Binkley & Hurst visited the Steve Groff Farm near Holtwood, for an event on June 6th, coordinated and funded by The Alliance of Chesapeake Bay and Stroud Water Research. There was much to learn about the projects that are helping clean Lancaster County’s waterways.
Steve Groff shared his knowledge of No Till farming and Cover Crop Innovation and how these techniques help enhance soil quality and conservation. Steve’s farm consists of 225 acres of land used for the growth of a variety of crops.
When speaking about the benefits of Cover Crops – and the importance of retaining healthy Nitrogen and Phosphorus in the soil, several crops recommended by Steve are; Hairy Vetch, Winter Peas and several types of clover. Other common crops used in rotation include varieties of Turf Grass and Rye. The benefits of these crops include promoting pest-suppression, soil and water quality, nutrient cycling efficiency,and cash crop productivity.
Recently Steve has designated 20 acres for the growth of hemp on his farm. It is a labor-intensive process beginning with rolling down, or “crimping” the cover crops. Crimping significantly reduces the need for herbicides. With the use of GPS, the placement of hemp plants are straight and precise. The plants are transplants, meaning they were grown from seed and the seedlings are being transplanted to the fields. Approximately 1,760 seeds are used per acre and a drip irrigation system is used to allow a slow and steady watering process, which will mitigate any water usage of the cover crops.
Pennsylvania, more specifically Lancaster County, was the “capital” of hemp in the 1700s. William Penn saw the value and the great potential for the commonwealth to grow hemp. It was grown for over 260 years until the 1930s, when it became caught up in the reefer madness scare.
Hemp has many useful benefits; more than just medicinal. Along with CBD and hemp oils, the plant fibers are also used to produce rope, paper, clothing and textiles. It’s also used in insulation and as biofuel.
“… by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge would have strong encouragement and indwelling strength to hold tightly to the hope set before us. This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells], where Jesus has entered [in advance] as a forerunner for us, having become a High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:18-20 Amplified Bible)
In our culture today, the word “hope” refers to “a chance that something good will happen” or “something that you wish for.” [Macmillan Dictionary] It’s not uncommon to hear someone say something like, “I hope we have good weather for our family reunion” or “we’re hoping for a good harvest this year.” It expresses our wishes and desires with the sense that they may be fulfilled or they may not.
But “hope” in the Bible means so much more. It is the unshakeable confidence that God will do exactly what He said He will do in His Word – in His timing and in His way.
However earnest and good-intentioned that people may be, they can’t always fulfill their promises. But it is impossible for God to lie and He alone has the power to bring everything He says into being in accordance with His plans as a loving Father to those who have put their faith in Him through Jesus Christ, His Son.
There are times when we feel disappointed by God or confused by Him because He doesn’t always do things as we expect or do them in our time frame. In those moments, we have a choice. We can give in to discouragement and feelings of hopelessness or we can hold tightly to the hope that is set before us. This hope is not just for today or tomorrow, but it is for eternity.
Where are you struggling today because things are not unfolding as you thought it would or desired? In what ways are you dealing with feelings of hopelessness?
No matter how difficult your situation may be, you can always turn to the Lord and begin to hold tightly to the hope He sets before us, confident that “it cannot slip or break down under whatever pressure bears upon it.” He will bring us safely through this challenging world and into the place the place in heaven where Jesus, our high priest forever, is waiting to welcome us.
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