Participate in the PLANWake Surveys

Farm and forest landowners are encouraged to let your voices be heard through PLANWake.

PLANWake is a process to:

  • Define Wake County’s priorities for the future.
  • Renew the community’s vision and goals on a range of issues.
  • Outline a path to success for the coming decade.
  • Click here to learn more and take the survey.

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    Upcoming Events this Fall and Winter

    Annual Farm City Day
    November 20th at Noon, Carrollock Farms, 6818 Kennebec Road, Willow Spring
    Sponsored by Wake County Farm Bureau & Wake County Cooperative Extension

    Wake Soil & Water Conservation District’s 53rd Annual Conservation Awards Celebration
    December 6th at 6:00 PM, Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh
    Hosted by Friends of Wake SWCD; RSVP at swcd@wakegov.com
    Download this invitation for more details

    14th Annual Keeping the Farm Workshop
    January 23rd, 8am – 4pm at the Wake County Commons Building
    RSVP at keepfarm2019@gmail.com

    43rd Annual Southern Farm Show Kick-Off Breakfast
    January 30th, 7:30am at the Hunt Horse Complex NC State Fairgrounds
    Hosted by the Wake County Agribusiness Council

    Dale Threatt-Taylor – the Conservation Evangelist

    All of us continue to be inspired by Dale’s passion, commitment, and leadership in the field of soil and water conservation.

    This feature article from NCSU CALS News is a warm tribute to our leader and friend.

    You can find another interview with Dale here at Leadership Nature’s website.

    We love working with you Dale!

    ‘Tis the Season for Giving! – Your Donations Help Support the Friend’s Mission!

     

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    Friends of Wake Soil and Water Conservation District

    Supporting Natural Resource Conservation in Wake County

     

     

    November 29, 2016

     

    Dear Friend,

     

    It is harvest season in Wake County.  Our local farmers are taking stock, looking ahead, and hopefully enjoying the fruits of their efforts and a successful year.  It is also the season to be thankful that we live in a prosperous county that values access to local food, clean water, and open space that our 827 farms and farmers provide.

    As any farmer will tell you, a good harvest this year is no assurance of another next season.  Unpredictable weather, soil erosion and compaction, waste management, stormwater runoff, and reliable water resources are among the daunting challenges our farmers face day after day, year after year.

    Fortunately, the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District has worked for over 50 years to support local farmers and assist them in protecting the natural resources of our County.  Since 1965, our dedicated and nationally renowned Soil and Water staff have provided technical expertise and innovative ideas to address the issues our farmers confront daily.

    District staff are in the field everyday working with landowners to install practices such as grassed waterways and livestock exclusion fencing to help protect our water resources. They work daily with landowners on no-till farming practices, contour farming, and cover crop rotation to ensure that critically important topsoil is protected.  Through the District’s education programs, school children are learning about the importance of caring for the environment to become the next generation of Wake County land stewards.  With a recent grant, Wake District is initiating a new outreach program to connect Wake County’s urban agriculturalists with the District’s technical assistance.

     

    How are these conservation efforts made possible?

     

    By Wake County residents like YOU who are members of the Friends of Wake Soil and Water Conservation District!  Our all-volunteer non-profit organization provides resources to support and raise awareness of the District so that it can continue its amazing work for decades to come.  To celebrate Wake Soil and Water Conservation District’s ongoing accomplishments and help sustain its vital work into the future, we invite you to become a member by making an end-of-year, tax-deductible donation at www.friendsofwakesoil.org or by sending a check to Friends of Wake SWCD, PO Box 46, Raleigh NC 27602.

     

    Thank you again for helping protect Wake County’s natural resources,

     

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    Donald R. Belk

    Chair, Friends of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors

    Friends of Wake Soil and Water Conservation District

    Supporting Natural Resource Conservation in Wake County

     

     

    Donate to friends on Giving Tuesday – Please share

    Dear Friends,

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District, established July 1, 1965. The District has come a long a way since its humble beginning in the 60’s, but its core mission to protect the natural resources of Wake County has not changed. For over 50 years, the District has been supporting local farms and protecting their soil and water resources. Some of the issues farms face, such as soil erosion, gullies, compacted soils, and waste management have not changed in the last 50 years. Other issues, such as securing water resources and stormwater management have brought new challenges.

    Thankfully, the committed Soil and Water staff continue to provide innovative ideas and technical expertise to address these problems. District staff are in the field everyday working with landowners to install practices including grassed waterways and livestock exclusion fencing to help protect our water resources. The staff also works daily with landowners on no till farming practices, contour farming, and cover crop rotation to ensure that critically important topsoil is protected. At the same time, staff is implementing a top-notch education program that is developing the next generation of Wake County land stewards. All of these conservation efforts would not be possible without community support.

    These efforts are greatly enhanced by the Friends of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District. Our all-volunteer non-profit provides resources to support and raise awareness of the District so that it has the capacity for another 50 years of amazing work. To mark all of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District’s great accomplishments and celebrate its last 50 years, we invite you to make a year-end donation.

    Please consider joining the Friends of the District’s board in contributing $50 for 50 years of service. You can make this end of year tax-deductible donation at https://friendsofwakeswcd.wordpress.com/membership/ or by sending a check to Friends of Wake SWCD, PO Box 46, Raleigh NC 27602.

    Thank you again for helping protect Wake County’s natural resources!

    Sincerely,

    The Friends of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors

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    NC-EE TLC event tonight (10/27) at 5:30pm – Wild Ideas About Water, Durham, NC

    Join Triangle Land Conservancy tonight to learn why clean water is important to our community and how each of us can keep it clean.

    Where: RTP Headquarters, 12 Davis Drive, Durham, NC 27703

    When: Tuesday, October 27, registration begins at 5:30pm and the program begins at 6:00pm

    Cost: FREE, register here or just join us!

    Join us at RTP Headquarters for Wild Ideas for Clean Water to learn why clean water is important to our community and how each of us can keep it clean. Registration at 5:30pm with light refreshments and the talk begins at 6pm. We will open with an introduction by Triangle Land Conservancy Executive Director Sandy Sweitzer and follow it with a series of fast-paced, visual presentations by local water experts, educators, and enthusiasts. Afterwards, the conservation continues during an expo featuring free, local food and drink.

    Presentations by:

    • Mike Schlegel, Program Manager – Water Resources for Triangle J Council of Governments

    • Dr. Laura Taylor, Director of the Center for Environmental and Resource Economic Policy at North Carolina State University

    • Dale Threatt-Taylor, Director of the Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District

    • Tony Reevy, Senior Associate Director and Lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment

    The wild ideas series provides a venue for experts and the community to share their innovative ideas to safeguard clean water, protect natural habitats, support local farms and food, and connect people with nature in order to make the Triangle a more vibrant place to live, work, and play. Hope to see you there!

    Beginning Farmer and Rancher Scholarship to attend the 2015 Sustainable Ag Conference

    For questions, please contact:Leah Joyner –Education CoordinatorCarolina Farm Stewardship Association
    PO Box 448 Pittsboro, NC 27312
    919-542-2402