Marion SWCD Staff


Julie Farr
Resource Conservationist
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Julie worked as a full time Resource Conservationist for the District from 1988 to the end of 1996.  For many years since then, she has assisted the District in training new employees and helping with technical assistance during their busy seasons.  Julie currently holds a part-time position providing consultation, survey and design assistance to help homeowners with their land use, drainage and erosion problems.  She also edits the District’s newsletter, manages the website and helps create educational publications.

Prior to working for the District Julie worked for the Marion County Health Department.  She received a B.S. degree in Public Affairs/ Environmental Science from Indiana University.







Jerod Chew
NRCS District Conservationist

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Jerod serves both Marion and Hendricks Counties helping our landowners and farmers through NRCS programs and funding. Jerod Chew served as the Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Division of Soil Conservation prior to joining the USDA, Natural Resource Conservation Service.  He has over 10 years of experience working in the field of conservation both in the field and in administration.  He holds a B.S. degree in Life Science with an Ecology emphasis. 



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Kevin Allison


Kevin Allison

Urban Soil Health Specialist

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Kevin serves as Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Urban Soil Health Specialist.  He is focused on assisting land users in applying the principles of Soil Health to gardens and small farms for the benefit of soil function and the environment.  His background includes work with conservation cropping systems in large-scale agriculture as well as 3 years of service in the Peace Corps Dominican Republic’s Community Environmental Development sector.  Kevin holds a BS in Environmental Science from Indiana University.  He serves on the Southwest Regional Soil Health Team and the Inter-agency Working Group for alternative and organic agriculture.