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In this issue:
River Friendly Farmer
Women for the Land
2019 Plat Books
Cover Crops on Prevent Plant Acreage
Rain on Main
Accessible Raised Beds at Noblesville West
Rain on Main August 9-17
Indiana Water Summit August 14 & 15 Learn more here.
Native Tree Sale Now Open
The native tree and shrub sale is back and bigger and better than ever. Thirty-nine species are available so there is an option for every area of your property. Each offering will come in a three gallon pot for $28. Online orders are due September 30th and order pick up is Friday October 4th in Noblesville. Watering bags are also available. (5 gallon Arborvitae are available for $45)
The tree sale is our largest fundraiser. All proceeds go right back into conservation.
Since 1999, key conservation and agricultural organizations have sponsored the River Friendly Farmer (RFF) Program. The statewide initiative recognizes farmers, who through good production management practices helps keep Indiana’s rivers, lakes, and streams clean.
The Soil and Water Conservation District along with 2 neighborhoods, James Place and Wellington Northeast in Noblesville have been discussing what could be done with Stoney Creek to help reduce erosion and to recreate the flowing stream that once flowed from Greenfield Avenue down to White River. After investigating and talking with experts, it was suggested that the quality urban habitat and stream conditions were well suited to investigate the issue more closely. With the awarded $40,000 grant through the Lake and River Enhancement, an engineering feasibility study will help determine the best course of action to address the stream bank issues, downcutting issues, and the influence from low head dams in the area.
Important Disaster Relief Available for Prevented Planted Acres
If you are still in a situation where you have an unplanted field, it is not too late to do something, and particularly, plant a cover crop. The federal guidelines, potential cost share, crop insurance considerations, etc., have all seemed to evolve almost daily, but we've assembled the latest info for you.
The Women4theLand Conservation workshop on Organic Certification and Small Farm Diversity was held in June. Women farmland owners gathered from near and far to learn about the Organic Certification process, in addition to the ins-and-outs of running a small farm operation.
White River 1st Place Youth Division Miaya Owen "White River Ripple"
Photo Contest Winners
In the 6th year of our photo contest a record number of entries were received in the 2019 contest under the categories "The White River" and "Beneficial Insects".
1st place photos came from Heather Sutton (adult) and Thomas Holden (youth) in the insect category and Amber Smith (adult) and Miaya Owen (youth) in the White River category. Check out the winners and all photos on our website.
Conservation Technician and Outreach Assistant Part time, 28 hours a week Assist with field work and outreach/education efforts. Click here to learn more and apply.
Many thanks to Jenny Banks for her year of service in this role. She has moved on to the Indiana Wildlife Federation as their Sustainable Trails Coordinator. We're happy we will still get to work with her on White River projects.
Painted rain barrels return to Carmel starting August 9th! View the barrels displayed along Main Street from the 9th-16th and at the Farmers Market on the 17th.
New this year, place bids from anywhere with the online platform.
Check out RainonMain.com to see the barrels and place a bid!
Partnership Leads to Accessible Raised Beds At Noblesville West
In 2018, Noblesville West Middle School science teacher and Garden Club sponsor Emily Crapnell and the HCSWCD partnered to design, build, and install a fully accessible raised bed. The raised bed was designed to be long lasting and entirely usable by person with a physical disability. The beds are in action this season!