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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Farm Bill Conservation Programs
Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)
MAEAP verified farms in Shiawassee County PDF
Shiawassee River Watershed Sediment Reduction Project
Mid-Shiawassee River Watershed Management
 
 
 
 

Shiawassee Conservation District
1900 S. Morrice Rd.
Owosso, MI 48867
(989) 723-8263 ext. 3
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Programs

Vegetable Garden and Sustainable Agriculture Education Program
The Shiawassee Conservation District and the Shiawassee Family YMCA have partnered together to establish a garden at the YMCA Outdoor Center in Bancroft Michigan.  The garden will be planted, maintained and harvested by the youth campers throughout the summer of 2013 with guidance from the Shiawassee Conservation District.  To compliment the garden, the Conservation District will present a weekly program that will focus on sustainable agriculture and conservation methods in growing food for a healthier lifestyle and environment.

It is important that youth know where the food they eat each day comes from.  By being the primary caretakers of the garden, they will have the unique opportunity to grow their own food, revealing diversity among the plant community and clarity in how food is grown while learning sustainable agriculture concepts.  In addition, materials from the National Association of Conservation District’s Soil to Spoon program will be utilized to further illustrate the connection between food and soil.

The garden will be planted the first week of camp, and will be a hands-on tool for campers throughout the growing season and into harvest.  The planned varieties to be planted include cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, carrots, beans, peas, broccoli, watermelon, bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, basil and chives.  The campers will be able to take care of the garden from planting the first seeds to enjoying the food it produces.

The camp gardens and sustainable agriculture education program is made possible through a grant awarded to the Conservation District from USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.  Follow the progress of the garden through photos on the District’s Flickr and Facebook accounts.

Farm Bill Conservation Programs
The District works cooperatively with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to deliver conservation programs to Shiawassee County residents. Farm Bill conservation programs provide assistance to landowners and agricultural producers in order to better conserve natural resources on private and public land. The Shiawassee Conservation District is the local link to Farm Bill conservation funding, providing technical assistance and conservation planning to protect our natural resources.

Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)
The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) assists farmers to evaluate their entire operation and make sustainable management decisions that balance the environment, economic, and society’s needs. The program encourages individuals to take voluntary, proactive steps to protect Michigan’s water quality and, therefore, the quality of drinking water.

Shiawassee River Watershed Sediment Reduction Project
The Shiawassee Conservation District is working to create a cleaner, healthier Shiawassee River by addressing soil loss and sedimentation through implementation of practices that stabilize erosion and reduce soil runoff. This three year project began in 2010 and targets known sites that contribute significant amounts of sediment to the Shiawassee River. In total, this project includes stabilization of significant erosion on four sites and an investigational incentive program involving gypsum applications to clay agricultural soils to reduce soil loss through infiltration. Each project is considered a priority and listed in the Mid-Shiawassee River Watershed Management Plan.

Mid-Shiawassee River Watershed Management
A WATERSHED is an area of land that drains to a common point, such as a river or lake. No matter where you are, you are always in a watershed. Watershed management is working within a drainage basin to ensure that the water that flows off the land does not pollute surface and groundwater resources. You can find more information on watersheds, pollutants, how to be a Good Steward of our water resources, and the Mid-Shiawassee River Watershed here.

Environmental Education Program
The Shiawassee Conservation District is continually scanning the needs of the county in order to provide the most relevant educational opportunities throughout the year.

Workshops, informational meetings and group presentations are held independently by the District or in partnership with local organizations such as the Shiawassee Family YMCA and the Shiawassee County Farm Bureau.

The District sponsors a Winter Workshop Series each year. Workshop attendees have learned many things to improve their lifestyle including how to make maple syrup, prune fruit trees, raise honey bees and maintain pasture for their horses. The current workshop schedule can be found on the District’s calendar. Suggestions for future workshops are welcome any time at the District office. For more information on upcoming workshops and to RSVP, please contact the District.

In addition to hosting workshops, the District offers Group and Classroom Presentations. Fun, educational games and hands-on activities are used to engage children and adults of all ages to teach about conservation and our natural resources. Two tools often used are the Groundwater Flowmodel and the Enviroscape. The Groudwater Flowmodel represents a slice of the earth, allowing people to “see” groundwater and how contaminates can move through the ground. The Enviroscape is an interactive three dimensional model that dramatically demonstrates sources of pollution and prevention. Onlookers will see firsthand what happens when it rains. To request a presentation to your group, please contact the District.

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Reforestation Program
The District offers two tree sales annually. This serves as a fundraiser and a way for residents to have access to low cost seedlings for reforestation, landscaping and to increase the wildlife habitat throughout the county.


All NRCS & District programs and services are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability/handicap, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.

 

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