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


  • 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.


  • 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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Donate to the Knox County SWCD on Giving Tuesday!

The Knox County Community Foundation is going to be matching donations to local charitable organizations on Giving Tuesday this year, including the Knox County Soil & Water Conservation District! Giving Tuesday is a movement to create an international day of giving before the holiday season. Donations placed that day to the Knox County SWCD endowment will help support our mission to promote and enable natural resource stewardship throughout Knox County.

To donate, you can bring a check to the Knox County Community Foundation Office in the downtown Old National Bank building (20 N. Third St., Suite 301, Vincennes, IN) from 8:30 am to 4 pm on Tuesday, November 27th. Alternatively, that Tuesday you can visit the Knox County Community Foundation website (https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/knox/) and click on the Donate button at the upper left corner to direct you to a special Giving Tuesday page. Just make sure to specify your gift goes to the Knox County SWCD!

For more information, see the Knox County Community Foundation flyer here.

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Farm the Best, Save the Rest Field Day

The Knox County SWCD’s Wildlife Committee is hosting a Field Day on options for flood prone areas. The event will take place Tuesday, August 21st at 5 pm at Sara Stumbo’s property (6248 Ridgleyville Rd., Monroe City, IN 47557). See flier here for more details.

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Knox County Nature Days This Saturday!

The Knox County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) is proud to host the second Knox County Nature Days! This is an annual event focused on different environmental issues, natural history, and more. Join us to learn more about Knox County orchards, the native (good) trees, and invasive (bad) trees!


Ouabache Trails Nature Center | 3500 N. Lower Ft. Knox Rd. | Vincennes, IN 47591


Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM (EDT)

Draft Schedule:

9:00 – Registration, Vendors and Plant Sale Open

9:45 – Introduction/Welcoming Remarks

10:00 – Lessons Learned from Managing an Orchard by Joe Black

10:45 – Break

11:00 – Invasive Trees by Dawn Slack, TNC

11:45 – Lunch (Free!)

12:45 – Native Trees by Shawn Dickerson

1:45 – Tree ID Walk

~2:30 – Event ends

Other Event Features:

  • Kid’s activity station in Nature Center
  • Native Plant Sale outside Nature Center
  • Environmental organization exhibits and vendors outside Nature Center (including the Solid Waste Management District, Natural Gardeners Club, and more!)
  • Door prizes

To keep this event free and support environmental programming in the area, please considering donating to the CISMA at the door.

Contact Will Drews for more information at 812-882-8210 ext. 3408 or willem.drews@in.nacdnet.net

Register at https://knoxcountynaturedays2018.eventbrite.com or by contacting Will Drews.



Knox County Parks Department

Knox County Soil & Water Conservation District

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USHER Call Out Meeting Next Thursday!

Vincennes will be a site for the roll-out of the U.S.H.E.R. program, aka Urban Soil Health Education & Restoration! Please consider attending this educational call out meeting next Thursday morning at the Knox County Purdue Ext. Office!

Check out the call out flyer here!

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The USDA Service Center will be hosting an open house for the Agriculture Community. We want to show our appreciation to our Program Participants, Farmers, Landowners, Foresters, Gardeners, Seed Dealers, Fertilizer Dealers, Bankers and the list could go on. So please join us on the morning of March 16 at the USDA Service Center for refreshments and conservation conversation.

March 16, 2018 8:00am -10:00am
USDA Service Center
604 S. Quail Run Rd Vincennes, IN 47591

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Irrigated Field Crops Update

Purdue Extension is hosting an irrigation workshop at the SW Purdue Ag Center (4669 N Purdue Rd., Vincennes, IN) on Thursday, March 15th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Here’s a draft agenda:

8:30 a.m. Welcome

9:00 a.m.

Irrigation Scheduling (Lyndon Kelley)

Checkbook Irrigation Scheduling

Soil Moisture Monitoring

Interpreting and integrating results

Indiana Water Policy and Irrigation Implications (Lyndon Kelley)

Riparian doctrine, water rights conflicts

Registration and reporting requirements

Recent changes for significate water withdrawals

Using Irrigation for Fertilizer and Chemical Application (Lyndon Kelley)

Chemigation equipment, backflow and required safety equipment

Irrigation for germination and incorporating chemicals

10:30 Break

10:45 a.m.

The Indiana LENK Group (Todd Feenstra)

Know the Pumping Impacts of Your Irrigation Well: Practical and CostEffective Monitoring (Todd Feenstra)

Best Management Practices for Irrigated Field Crop Production (Valerie Clingerman)

See full flyer here.


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SWCD Annual Meeting Next Monday!

We’ll be holding our Annual Meeting next Monday, March 5th at 6:30 pm at the VU Green Activities Center. Dawn Slack from The Nature Conservancy will be our guest speaker. The tickets are free but must be picked up or reserved by Wednesday, February 28th. Contact our office for more information.

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