In this issue:

  • Native Tree Sale
  • Saharan Dust: Good for Soils, Bad for Oceans
  • Donate your Garden Vegetables
  • Rain on Main Returns for Year Six
  • SWCD Staff Hello's and Goodbye's
  • COVID-19 and the Environment
  • Developing a Animal Manure Management Plan
  • Sulfur Application
  • Foraging: Using Daylilies as a Food Source

   Upcoming Events:

  • Rain on Main
    August 7-15th, 2020
    Learn more here.
  • CISMA State Conference (virtual)
    August 20th, 2020
    Learn more here.
  • Tree Sale
    May 29th, 2020
    Pre-orders required. Learn more here.

We're Hiring!

The SWCD is currently looking for an Office Coordinator and an Urban Conservation Technician. For more information and to apply, visit the Hamilton County Jobs webpage below. We look forward to meeting you!

Saharan Dust: Good for Soils, Bad for Oceans

You may have heard about the Saharan dust storms that blew across the country in the last few weeks. This is a common phenomenon that happens every year. These dust storms can look like haze, loss of long distant visibility, milky skies, or a fine dust covering cars and homes especially after it rains.   
​These yearly dust storms are a part of a natural phenomenon that connects two polar opposite ecosystems: the Saharan desert to the Amazon rainforest. Saharan soil is full of phosphorus and iron which are deposited into North and South America's soil and water resources.

Donate Your Garden Vegetables to a Local Food Pantry

Are you beginning to wonder what to do with your surplus garden vegetables? Wonder no more. Donate them to your local food pantry! In partnership with the Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank, the Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District has updated its popular “Donate Your Vegetables” map including the most recent information for gardeners to donate produce safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Rain on Main Returns for Year Six

Rain on Main is returning for its sixth year this August!  Rain on Main is a painted rain barrel art competition and silent auction held each year by the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), City of Carmel Utilities Department, and Carmel Stormwater Department. 

The barrels will make their debut on the Rain on Main Facebook page and along Main Street in Carmel on Friday August 7th-15th. There are many ways to take part in Rain on Main, including purchasing a barrel!

Staff Hello's and Goodbye's


Welcome Dominic, Graphic Design Intern

This summer we're excited to host Dominic Zelli as our graphic design intern. Dominic is currently working on designs for the Urban Conservation program and Soil Trailer. Below you can find the HIP logo he designed. 

Goodbye Andrew!

Our Urban Conservation Technician Andrew Fritz is concluding his work at the Hamilton County SWCD. Has Andrew influenced your program, landscape, or property? Join us in saying thank you and wishing him well via email ( before the end of July. 


COVID-19 and the Environment

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a new routine and outlook on our lives and daily activities. For some, the changes have come as a welcome relief from some stressors of life. For others, this situation has increased their uncertainties and burdens. Likewise, the human response to COVID-19 has had some surprising benefits as well as drawbacks toward the natural environment.

Developing a Manure Management Plan for the Hobby Farmer

Manure handling is viewed as a necessary evil of stall management. Recreational horse owners in Hamilton County increasingly find themselves in the middle of rapidly growing suburban areas, where they receive more scrutiny from their neighbors than their counterparts in rural areas. To maintain good relationships, it is critical to know and practice proper manure and pasture management.  Developing a horse manure management plan doesn’t necessarily need to be a daunting task. Most plans can be developed and implemented using an integrated holistic approach.

Sulfur Products, Timing, and Rate

Over application of fertilizer can have negative affects on soil and water. Over the last few years many growers and crop advisors have concluded that they must supply sulfur for their crops to thrive. However, there remains confusion about which product to use, when to apply, and how much to use. The good news is that there are numerous products available that are affordable, but it is critical to pick the right product, or products, to best fit a grower’s application options.

Foraging: Using Daylilies as a Food Source

In the summer and early fall, the world of foraging is open to pick almost anything you want and many of the plants you have growing in your yard are hard to over-harvest.  These are usually very hardy, weedy, competitive plants that will keep coming back year after year.  Daylilies are a great example of this and can be used in a variety of dishes.


Thanks for reading! Watch out for our fall newsletter in Ocbober, 2020. Stay safe and healthy!

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