Tree as a Crop Project to Host Spring Work Days to Encourage the Benefits of Local Sustainable Agriculture and Healthy Soils

Date Published: Apr 18, 2012

Egremont, MA (April 18, 2012) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), in partnership with Rodale, Inc. and NewPage Corporation, will host its annual spring work events from Thursday April 19 to Saturday April 21, 2012 at the ATC’s Kellogg Conservation Center as part of the Tree as a Crop™ project. Part of a broader effort to showcase the benefits of local sustainable agriculture and healthy soils, these events will include volunteers from the local community, the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) community, and the ATC staff working on a variety of projects.

Schedule of Events:

  • Thursday, April 19 (9am-4pm) - Gracious Living Day, a day of giving to the local community by students of the Berkshire School, Sheffield, MA.  Berkshire School students will plant nearly 200 shrub seedlings that will serve as a natural windbreak providing wind and moisture protection for the 1,300 new hardwood forest seedlings planted as part of the Tree as a Crop project in May 2011.

  • Friday, April 20 (9am-4pm) - Mulch donated by Nelson Tree Company will be spread on Friday across a 1000 square foot area to control of weeds and non-native invasive plant species as well as to provide moisture retention.

  • Saturday, April 20 (9am-4pm) - Various tasks will be undertaken by volunteers including the continued restoration of an apple orchard, brush removal along fencerows, cleaning and readying the flower beds for summer annuals, and installing farm fencing and gates at field entrances.

Volunteers are welcome and sought to join employees of the ATC, NewPage Corporation and Rodale, Inc. for any part of these activities. Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather and bring your lunch, snacks, etc. Water and soft drinks will be provided. The three-day event will end with a Saturday afternoon volunteer appreciation barbeque, courtesy of the ATC.

For more information or to volunteer, please email Adam Brown, ATC’s Conservation Resources Manager, at [email protected], or call 413-528-8002. 

For more information on the Tree as a Crop™ project visit

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information please visit

Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]

About NewPage Corporation

NewPage, established in May 2005, is now the largest coated paper manufacturer in North America. Our company’s product portfolio is one of the broadest in the paper industry.  Through our commitment to safety, consistency and innovation, we create exceptional papers; connect our expertise with diverse customer needs; and dependably lead in ethical, responsible and sustainable business practices.  For more information, visit 

About Rodale Inc.

Rodale is a global media company with a heritage, mission, and authority dedicated to the health and wellness of the individual, community, and planet. Through a broad portfolio of leading media properties, Rodale reaches more than 70 million people around the world through multiple distribution channels, including magazines, books, online, e-commerce, direct-to-consumer, and video. The company publishes some of the best-known health and wellness lifestyle magazines, including Men's Health, Prevention, Women's Health, Runner's World, Bicycling, Running Times, and Organic Gardening, and is the largest independent book publisher in the United States, with a collection of bestselling titles, including Al Gore's Our Choice, Howard Schultz’s Onward, Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet, Flat Belly Diet!, and Eat This, Not That!, among others. Rodale is also a leader in direct-response marketing and has more than 25 million active customers in its database.


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