The impact of the environmental committee at the Jurgielewicz farm is evident as soon as you turn into the farm and see the crystal-clear waters of Mill Creek, which beautifies the farm’s entrance. The creek is so clean that each spring, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission stocks its waters with Rainbow and Palomino (golden) Trout for local fishing enthusiasts to enjoy. The thick woodlands surrounding the farm are teeming with a healthy population of native wildlife, including wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, red foxes and mink. If you happen to look to the sky, you may spot bald eagles soaring overhead.
The eco-friendly Jurgielewicz farm environment results from the commitment of Dr. Joe, Joe Sr. and the Jurgielewicz family to sustainable farming on the property since its purchase in 1983. Sustainable farming practices include a modern wastewater treatment plant on the farm which conserves and recycles water, prevents runoff and preserves the integrity of the soil. Solid manure from the duck barns and wastewater is separated out and applied to neighboring farmland as a natural, organic fertilizer for growing hay, corn and soybeans. After multiple treatment steps, the clean water is employed to irrigate the vast corn and hay fields around the farm.