Celebrate spring with LANDJAM May 19
BETTERTON — The Leigh Family Farm, a permanently preserved farm not usually open to the public, is the spot for the inaugural LANDJAM hosted by the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.
The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. May 19 at the farm located at 127 Howell Point Farm Road. Tickets are $10 for individuals or $25 for a family. Tickets can be purchased in advance at eslc. org/events.
ESLC Communications Manager David Ferraris said in a telephone interview Tuesday the event is aimed at getting people out on the property and giving them the chance to explore and celebrate the land.
The Leigh Family Farm is a privately owned farm and conservation easement.
Ferraris said ESLC normally hosts a high-end fundraiser, Party to Preserve, in October, but the organization wanted to host a more relaxed event for the community to enjoy.
The event will include live mu- sic from bluegrass bands including the Fiddle Oaks and Kindred Spirits, environmentally related educational activities and demonstrations, and an assortment of local foods, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages for sale.
“This is an opportunity for people to celebrate spring and get outdoors with family and friends and to spend some time on a privately owned farm that they normally wouldn’t have access to,” said Ferraris in a news release. “The Leigh Family is extremely generous to open their property to us. We sincerely hope that families will join us on this pristine land for an afternoon full of great music, food and fun.”
Ferraris said visitors may explore trails on the farm that offer views of the Chesapeake Bay.
“It’s a beautiful property that is so well-preserved,” Ferraris said. “It offers people the chance to see what a conservation easement is all about.”
Ferraris said there will be activities for children and adults include guided nature walks, farm tours on tractor-pulled people movers and birding demonstrations.
Food and beverages will be provided by Dogfish Head Brewery, Sprout, Barbeque and Beyond, Lockbriar and Daughter Ice Cream, and Crow Vineyard and Winery.
“We’d like to do this every year. We’re still going to host Party to Preserve as our big fundraiser, but this a more laid back fundraiser for people to get outside and enjoy nature,” Ferraris said.
Pictured is an aerial view of the Leigh Family Farm outside Betterton. The farm will be open to public to explore during the inaugural LANDJAM hosted by the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy May 19.