Tarsa Family Farm


2021 Board of Directors

Emeritus Board

Advisory Board

members in the woods

From our Board President - Jon Schach … I live with my wife and two kids in the Furnace Hills of the Pennsylvania Highlands on the south end of Lebanon County. When I look to the north, I see the Lebanon Valley where the water flows generally west down Becks, the Quittapahilla, and Swatara Creeks on its way to the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. On the horizon above the valley, I see the Appalachian Range, Blue Mountains, and Kittatinny Ridge. I grew up 25 miles to the east on a rural property, also on the north slope of the PA Highlands with an up-range view of the same Blue Mountains standing over the agricultural valley of western Berks County.

My path between these two addresses was long and varied, adventuresome, and informative. I have lived and traveled in other states, studied ecology, and environmental history. I have been engaged with a gratifying career in arboriculture for 25 years. Throughout my journey nowhere else has coveted the ideal of home for me as this geography has. My sense of place was seared on my heart, imprinted on my memory in the fields and woods around my childhood home. Now, we foster our appreciation for this land as home with our kids as we adventure and care for this place.

Much has changed here from when I was a kid. More people, less open space, less connection to the land. The pace of environmental degradation continues to quicken both locally and globally. Fortunately, for us there remains so much still to fight for and protect. As part of the new leadership team at the Lebanon Valley Conservancy I am eager to carry out our mission of promoting the conservation and preservation of the unique cultural, historical, and natural resources of our region for the benefit of present and future generations.

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Photo Credit:
Most of our wonderful photographs contained within this website including page banners and photos within the text areas are provided by our Board Member Emeritus,
George C. Gress