Eagle Creek Demo Garden Tour – May 22, 2019

Join Kevin Allison of Marion County SWCD in a small group tour of the 25' x 75' SWCD soil health and vegetable demonstration garden at Eagle Creek Community Gardens (Mayor's Garden). Our time in the garden will focus on: Assessing and improving soil health Vegetable production in a soil health system Spring cover crop management Mulching techniques Bed prep and walkway management Native plantings for beneficial insects and pollinators Tour options include: Wednesday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The address is: West 56th Street and Reed Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254 [...]

Eagle Creek Demo Garden Tour – May 22, 20192019-05-20T10:51:51-04:00

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

Pollinator Networking Breakfast

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 [...]

Pollinator Networking Breakfast2018-03-14T14:57:46-04:00

Conservation Planning Workshop – Feb 16, 2018

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

Conservation Planning Workshop – Feb 16, 20182018-01-26T15:43:33-04:00

Annual Meeting – February 20th 2018

Marion County SWCD Annual Meeting & Dinner Tuesday, February 20th, 3:30 p.m. John Boner Neighborhood Center 2236 E. 10th Street Please plan to join us on Tuesday, February 20th as we celebrate 48 years of conservation in Marion County! Come meet our new Resource Conservationist Cheyenne Hoffa; hear about the great strides that have been made by our Soil Health Program staff and learn something new from our informative guest speakers. Our guest speaker will be Laura Henderson from Big Green.  Dinner will be served after the meeting. This event is free but please RSVP by February 15th. RSVP [...]

Annual Meeting – February 20th 20182019-02-20T15:15:16-04:00

Organic Nutrient Management for Small Farms Workshop – Nov. 30th 2017

The Marion County SWCD invites you to join fellow growers for nutrient management training and discussion led by Nathan Boone of Boone Family Farms and Dan Perkins of Perkins’ Good Earth Farm. Learning objectives include soil and crop suitability, soil testing, nutrient budgeting, fertility, crop rotation and cover crops, compost, manure, soil amendments and fertilizers, all backed by years of on-farm practical experience with considerations for sourcing, time management, cost and benefits. When: Thursday, November 30th Time: 9am - 2pm Where:  John H. Boner Community Center, 2236 E. 10th Street in Indianapolis. DETAILS 9:00am - 9:20 Coffee and Registration 9:20 [...]

Organic Nutrient Management for Small Farms Workshop – Nov. 30th 20172018-01-24T14:11:36-04:00