The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
New Leaf EcoCenter
At the Vincenti Preserve
776 Rosedale Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
About the Vincenti Preserve
Donated to The Land Conservancy by the Vincenti Family in 2003, TLC’s Vincenti Preserve is an 11-acre public preserve located in south-central Kennett Township in Chester County, PA. The preserve currently features a 2-acre mesic woodland restoration serving as a riparian buffer zone for the Burrows Run tributary of the Red Clay Creek, Delaware River Basin, surrounded by lowland and mesic woodlands. The remaining majority of the property is planted to cool-season grasses, currently in hay production for our region’s mushroom farms.
About the New Leaf EcoCenter
TLC’s New Leaf EcoCenter at the Vincenti Preserve is a budding community ecology education and resource center. The aim of TLC’s New Leaf EcoCenter is to serve our community by way of example and education of the sustainable alternatives to using land and natural resources for our needs while benefitting our environment, rather than taxing it. New Leaf EcoCenter design plans include holistic land management of the preserve natural lands, ecological habitat restoration, an educational trail system across the entire preserve, and the creation of educational gardens that are based on the “food forest” perennial agriculture model.
Composting Demonstration Garden
In Summer 2010, TLC received funding from The Mushroom Festival, Inc. to install a backyard composting demonstration site. The Composting Demonstration Garden is an educational installation, available for use by and open to the public.
Our 3-hive apiary was installed in spring 2011 thanks to funding from the Sara Bowers Fund and the Chester County Beekeeping Association. The TLC Apiary serves to contribute to the conservation of our region’s honeybee population. Public educational workshops on the importance of honeybees and honeybee keeping are held throughout the year.
Check out the apiary blog, TLC for Bees, run by TLC’s apiarist Dan Borkoski.
Our center’s educational facilities will grow with the installment of mixed annual-perennial multi-use demonstration gardens, that serve for utility, soil care, fertility development, biodiversity, resource conservation, and education. Thanks to a 2011 grant received from The Mushroom Festival, Inc., soil preparation began in Fall 2011 by creating a demonstration plot where we implemented mycoremediation technology, the use of fungi to detoxify soils and restore soil health. A demonstration workshop was offered for local farmers, land workers, developers, and all the community in October 2011 and we will continue mycoremediation on site in spring 2012. We will continue by hosting ecological gardening workshops throughout the year, allowing for educational opportunities that will leave attendees with the knowledge and skills to replicate the ecological processes wherever they live/work, while at the same time contributing to the creation of the New Leaf EcoCenter.
If you have additional questions, please contact us at 610-347-0347 ext. 106 or email@example.com.