York County farmer honored for green efforts


A York County farm received statewide recognition for environmentally friendly farm methods.

David and Cathy Reifsneider, owners of Gobbler's Knob Farm in Chanceford Township, were given the Clean Water Farm award during the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation District annual conference in Monroeville earlier this month.

"It's a pretty big deal to make it through the process," said Wendy Kindig, the York County Conservation District's ag resource conservationist.

The Reifsneiders are the second farming family from the county to receive the award in the past 10 years, she said.

Gobbler's Knob Farm consists of roughly 13 acres — 10.8 acres of which is cropland and 2.3 acres of pasture. The couple raises 140,000 organic broiler chickens and 19 goats on the land.

The Reifsneiders worked with the county's conservation district to install many conservation practices, such as mortality composting, a waste storage facility and a grassed waterway and drop boxes to prevent erosion and control roof runoff, according to the district.

"(David Reifsneider) put a lot of time and though and energy into it," Kindig said.

Last year, the couple won the county's version of the award and were then nominated to the state level.

Two other farms — one in Port Allegany and the other in Kutztown — also received the statewide award.

The Clean Water Farm award has been given since 1986 and is financially supported by the state Department of Environmental Protection, according to state conservation district.

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