This winter soil health workshop is designed for vegetable gardeners who want to learn more about how to use soil health practices in the garden. Paramount School of Excellence's school farm provides an excellent space to tour and discuss cover cropping and mulching in action. We will then follow up indoors with a presentation and discussion, looking closely at organic matter, nutrients, how to select cover crops, timing, planting, and spring management. Organized by Marion County Soil & Water Conservation District and Paramount School of Excellence Farm. Saturday, January 26, 2019 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Paramount School of [...]
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Join us to celebrate conservation at the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting! The SWCD holds annual meetings to report activities, financial affairs, elect supervisors, and to provide a space for Marion County residents to engage. We are excited to welcome guest speaker Alena Jones, co-founder and COO of the Bellfound Farm, an initiative of the Women's Fund of Central Indiana. The Bellfound Farm is a developing urban farm with a mission to provide at-risk young women wraparound supports to help them reach long-term economic security. The annual meeting will be held at: John Boner Neighborhood [...]
This workshop will dive deep into central Indiana growing scenarios and demonstrate ways to budget, supply, and conserve nutrients for our crops. The intent is to help growers close the loop of soil testing, crop needs, and managing the amount, source, placement, and timing of organic fertilizers and soil amendments on small farms and gardens. This educational event is made possible by grant funding awarded to the SWCDs from Clean Water Indiana. Responsible nutrient management improves the physical, chemical, and biological condition of soil, thereby enhancing its ability to infiltrate and clean water. The workshop will be led by Dan [...]
Join Us! Urban & Small Farm Networking Breakfast Focused on Pollinator Habitat Thursday, March 29, 2018 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at McCloud Park Nature Center 8518 Hughes Rd, North Salem, IN 46165 Join us for informal discussions and field tours with Angie Miller, Rural Conservationist Establishing habitat with direct seeding versus plugs Sarah Wolf, Park Naturalist Using plugs on McCloud Park's mitigation site John Wynn, Farmer Converting a crop field to pollinator habitat using cover crops to prepare a direct seeding of natives For more information on the workshop or to reserve a seat, contact Boone County SWCD [...]
Join us for an in-depth conversation on soil health and conservation farming techniques to use throughout the growing season. Share your experiences Learn from growers Hear from SWCD soil health staff Review conservation cropping systems Discuss cover crops, mulching, reduced tillage, native plantings, and insectary strips Join us! Friday, February 16, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. Purdue Extension - Marion County - Classroom Suite 201, Discovery Hall 1202 E. 38th Street Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis, IN Admission: Free Coffee and light refreshments provided Please RSVP https://goo.gl/forms/93IvDZs6WM9e78Du2
Williams Creek Consulting and the Marion County SWCD came together to develop permaculture design templates for Indianapolis vacant lots. The project was funded by the National Association of Conservation District's (NACD) Urban Agriculture Conservation Grants Program. The template designs were created as conceptual designs for implementation by Community Development Corporations and as a resource for the City's land bank, local non-profits and neighborhood organizations in future permaculture applications on urban lots. Access the report here! NACD Permaculture Template Designs Report (pdf)