Organic Gardening Workshop April 13 2019

Noblesville, IN – Are you interested in creating or transitioning to organic practices in your garden? Join fellow gardeners on Saturday, April 13th to learn how use organic practices in your garden and develop a plan for your property. In this workshop you will learn about seed selection, soil health, cover crops, pest management, and sourcing organic products. There will be a panel Q&A session and time for questions. This workshop is part of an annual spring Sustainability Series held by Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District and Purdue Extension Hamilton County. This year’s event is also supported [...]

Organic Gardening Workshop April 13 20192019-03-19T15:35:57-04:00

Soil Health for Gardeners – January 26, 2019

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 [...]

Soil Health for Gardeners – January 26, 20192019-02-20T15:12:19-04:00

SWCD Annual Meeting – February 19, 2019

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 [...]

SWCD Annual Meeting – February 19, 20192019-02-20T15:12:46-04:00

Nutrient Management for Vegetable Growers Nov 29

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 [...]

Nutrient Management for Vegetable Growers Nov 292018-11-13T09:53:40-04:00

Falling: Leaves and Water Quality

Central Indiana is now experiencing peak fall foliage. The autumn colors can make for a great hike or photography session in Southwestway or Eagle Creek Parks before the cooler temperatures set in. While the leaves are beautiful, they can become problematic to our water flow and quality. Leaves accumulate around storm water inlets and block the flow of water, causing flooding in streets and yards. The larger concern is when those leaves and nutrients make their way into the stormwater pipes and waterways. In a natural setting, the leaves that fall during this time of year are naturally recycled. As [...]

Falling: Leaves and Water Quality2018-11-05T10:00:16-04:00

Indy Do Day

By: John Hazlett, Marion County SWCD District Manager On September 27th, local corporation Cummins partnered with Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) and Indy Parks Land Stewardship for a day of native habitat establishment at Spades and Brookside Parks as part of Indy Do Day.  I really enjoyed working with Cummins volunteers, Land Stewardship and ROW staff, as well as Bloomington-based contractor Eco Logic. Together we planted over 900 native plugs in Spades Park near the park shelter and playground areas.  The weather was perfect and several yards of leaf compost mulch were utilized to amend the soils for planting a [...]

Indy Do Day2018-10-06T11:35:54-04:00

Septic Smart Week

Improve Water Quality During Septic Smart Week September 17 - 21 Property owners in Marion County can learn about proper septic system maintenance and why it’s important during SepticSmart Week, Sept. 17-21. SepticSmart Week is a nationwide initiative through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to raise awareness about the need for proper care and maintenance of septic systems. Many homeowners in Marion County still depend on septic systems to treat wastewater. EPA recommends that septic systems be inspected and pumped out on a regular basis, at least every three to five years, as failure to maintain a septic system [...]

Septic Smart Week2018-09-24T16:32:40-04:00

5 Lawn Care Habits for Health, Wealth & Improved Water Quality

By: Julie Farr, Urban Conservationist Now at the height of summer we are enjoying and spending more time in our yards than any other time of the year.  Many of us spend a lot of money trying to keep our yards looking pristine and weed free. Fertilizer and herbicides are often applied up to 6 times during the growing season.  Beyond the cost to your wallet and possible health issues for children & pets is the cost of traditional lawn care to the environment.  Changing lawn care habits can help improve the condition of our wallets and the environment. Habit [...]

5 Lawn Care Habits for Health, Wealth & Improved Water Quality2018-08-07T12:39:35-04:00

Solving Streambank Erosion Problems in Urban Areas

As urban areas grow, homeowners along ditches and streams may find major changes in their yards over time.  What was once a small drainageway 20 years ago has deepened and widened into a ditch that flows most of the year.  Along streams, you may find that the stream has moved many feet and may now be threatening structures in your yard. What can be done?  In most areas of Indianapolis, it is the landowners’ responsibility to maintain drainageways as they cross through their property.  Depending on the size of the watershed, this may become a large financial investment. First, realize [...]

Solving Streambank Erosion Problems in Urban Areas2018-07-20T10:55:17-04:00

Hugh Hammond Bennet: Pioneer of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

By Jerod Chew, Marion County District Conservationist, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service “Out of the long list of nature’s gifts to man, none is perhaps so utterly essential to human life as soil.”  Hugh Hammond Bennet We just recently celebrated 2018’s Earth Day and Stewardship Week, so what better way to honor these events than to start this post with a quote from the father of the modern Soil Conservation movement, Hugh Hammond Bennet! Bennet started and led the Soil Conservation Service, now the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and pioneered the concept of local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) [...]

Hugh Hammond Bennet: Pioneer of Soil and Water Conservation Districts2018-06-05T10:57:55-04:00