Giving Tuesday (12/3/19) Donation Request

Knox County SWCD is one of the entities eligible for a 1:1 match on all donations to our Knox County Community Foundation account (Knox County Soil & Water Charitable Endeavors) on Giving Tuesday!

You can help support local natural resources conservation efforts by donating to our account on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The one to one match is only available that day. So, please consider donating this Giving Tuesday. Checks can be brought to the Knox County Community Foundation office from 8:30 am to 4 pm that day or made online at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Knox.

For more information, see this press release from the Knox County Community Foundation by clicking on the below image.

Thank you in advance!

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Knox County SWCD Office Closed 11/5

The Knox County Soil & Water Conservation District office will be closed on Tuesday, November 5th for election day. Co-located FSA and NRCS offices will still be open.

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Final Grow City Workshop of 2019

The final Grow City Workshop for the year will be on Cover Crops for Gardens.

What:
 Learn how to plant cover crops to improve garden soil for
next spring (presented by Tom Held, Knox Co District Conservationist)
 Receive free packet of cover crop seeds

When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:00 PM

Where: Grow City Garden (@backyard of KCPL’s McGrady-Brockman Building, 614 N. 7th St., Vincennes)

Cost: FREE

More info: Tracey Johnson, 812-882-8210, tracey.johnson@in.nacdnet.net
Knox County Soil & Water Conservation District

Mark your calendars!
Grow City Workshop Spring Series
Feb, Mar, Apr 2020

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Grow City Workshop: Lasagna Layers & Seed Saving

What:

  • Learn “lasagna layer gardening” – a method to create a no-dig garden bed and enrich the garden soil
  • Learn how to gather and clean seeds for saving – right from the Grow City Garden

(participants can take some seeds home for their own gardens)

When:  Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 6:00 PM

Where:  Grow City Garden  (@backyard of KCPL’s McGrady-Brockman Building, 614 N. 7th St., Vincennes)

Cost: FREE but please register  

Contact Tracey Johnson, Knox County Soil & Water Conservation District: 812-882-8210 ext. 3, tracey.johnson@in.nacdnet.net

Next Grow City Workshop on Cover Crops in October 2019

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Grow City Composting Workshop

Grow City Workshop: Composting Made Easy

What:

  • Learn the basics of composting
    o What is compost?
    o How to make it?
    o How to use it?
  • Watch a compost bin being built @ the Grow City Garden
  • Help fill the compost bin to get the process started.

When: August 27, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Where: Knox County Public Library Sun room @ 6:00 PM for short composting presentation
followed by construction/filling of compost bin at the Grow City Garden (in the backyard of the KCPL’s McGrady-Brockman Building, 614 N. 7th St., Vincennes)

Cost: FREE but registration required due to limited space
Contact Tracey Johnson, Knox County Soil Water Conservation District, 812-882-8210, ext. 3 tracey.johnson@in.nacdnet.net

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Construction, Maintenance, and Restoration of Ponds Field Day

Knox County Soil & Water Conservation District’s Wildlife Committee & Purdue University Extension Present: Construction, Maintenance, and Restoration of Ponds

5:00 PM, August 20, 2019
At the Andy & Nichole Like Residence,
10106 E. Boyd Like Rd.
Monroe City, IN 47557

AGENDA:
5:00 PM Greetings & Introductions
Charlie Ring
5:10 PM Survey/Future Meetings
Clevie Bennett
5:20 PM Meal (Grilled burgers and
brats, chips, drinks, and
dessert).
5:45 PM Guest Speaker
Dave Osborne
6:45PM Open Discussion
7:00 PM Pond Visit
7:30 PM Closing Remarks
Charlie Ring

Whether you are a new or current landowner who has
or is thinking about having a pond, this series of
workshops will provide you with the necessary
background and information to assist you. Ponds can
provide food, cover, and nesting habitat for a variety
of wildlife species. Successful pond management can
increase watershed health, reduce erosion, conserve
wildlife habitat, increase property values, supply
recreational opportunities, and serve as a source of
water for agricultural land. They also increase the
aesthetic quality of a landscape that may in
turn increase associated property values.

Register for event prior to Aug 16, 2019
To register contact:
Tracey Johnson
Phone: 812-882-8210 ext 3401
Email: tracey.johnson@in.nacdnet.net

Knox County SWCD
604 S Quail Run Road
Vincennes, IN 47591

There is no charge for this event.

View the full flyer to the event here.

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July Grow City Workshop on Soils

The June Grow City Workshop on Soils has been rescheduled to July 31st. Please RSVP by contacting Tracey Johnson at (812) 882-8210 ext. 3 or by email at tracey.johnson@in.nacdnet.net

We have also set a date for our August Grow City Workshop on Composting. It will be held on August 27th.

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June Grow City Workshop: Soil – It’s not just dirt!

Soil:

  • What is it? How does it work?
  • Life in the soil and how to care for it
  • Different soil types
  • Grow City Garden activity: Pruning, thinning plants, garden maintenance

Date and TimeJune 25, 2019, 6:00 PM

Workshop location:  

Begin at the Grow City Garden (backyard of the KCPL’s McGrady-Brockman Building, 614 N. 7th St., Vincennes) followed by a presentation in the sun room of the KCPL main building.

Registration: Workshops are FREE! but registration required due to limited space

Contact Tracey Johnson at the Knox County Soil Water Conservation District 812-882-8210 ext. 3  tracey.johnson@in.nacdnet.net

Coming in July:  Composting Made Easy!

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Grow City Workshops

What: An organic teaching garden and hands-on workshop series

  • Workshops will be held throughout the summer and fall
  • Topics covered:
    • Testing and improving garden soil
    • Preparing the garden
    • Planting the garden
    • Managing pests and disease
    • Harvesting of crop and seed
    • Saving seed for future use
    • Composting

Where: McGrady-Brockman Building, 614 N. 7th St., Vincennes, IN

Workshops will take place at the garden in the building’s backyard.

When:          

  • Workshop 1: Garden Construction and Preparation; April 30, 2019, 5:30 PM
  •  Workshop 2:  Planting the Garden & Container Gardening; May 22, 2019, 5:30 PM
    • Please bring a 2 to 3 gallon container

Dates for other workshops will be announced later

 

Cost: FREE! But registration is required due to limited space

Registration: Call or email the Knox County Soil Water Conservation District

812-882-8210 x 3   tracey.johnson@in.nacdnet.net

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We are looking for summer interns!

Do you like being outdoors and helping conserve our natural resources? If so, consider applying for our summer 2019 natural resources internship! Interns will gain experience in invasive species identification and control, plant propagation, conservation practices, local government and nonprofit organization experience, and more!

See full internship description here.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 6th.

SWCD Interns and CISMA volunteers installing a native plant garden at Gregg Park.

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