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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 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!


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

Enjoy! Photos from 2015 Resource Conservation Workshop

When you need a break from the heat, grab a cool beverage and take time to slide through the photos.
It will give you a perspective of what goes on at the Resource Conservation Workshop.

From the workshop evaluation form: words from a rising junior, “The portion I liked the best was learning about best management practices that can be
used to conserve soil and prevent runoff.” Comments like this makes our day!

The photos are from this year’s Resource Conservation Workshop are
available at the URL below.

The Friends and the Board of Supervisors sponsor Wake Students to attend this weeklong, statewide workshop.
You can support more scholarships here:

BIG SWEEP: Spring Results

from Sheila Jones, Wake County Big Sweep Coordinator

Hello Big Sweep Volunteers and Enthusiasts across Wake County!

WOW — look what good you did! When we add up all the litter picked up at
all our Big Sweep sites across Wake County…it totals 634 gung-ho
volunteers removing nearly 9,000 pounds from 27 watershed sites in five
Wake County towns. Fantastic!
(See attached file: RESULTS Big Sweep SPRING 2015 FINAL.pdf)

Big Sweep Volunteers
for giving of your time & energy to improve our waterways!

These numbers are important because they reflect your hard work in making
our watersheds cleaner, safer, and all the more beautiful!

Our last spring cleanup, Canoes For A Cause, was a huge success Sat., June
13th at Lake Johnson Park in Raleigh! Over 107 volunteers worked hard to
remove 845 pounds of debris out of the lake and surrounding woods. Their
hard work was rewarded with goodie bags, live music, and a delicious lunch
provided by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company of WI. Warm hospitality was
provided by employees from our local Mims Distributing and Miller-Coors
companies. Keep NC Beautiful conducted online registration. Thank you to
all our generous Sponsors and helpful Partners!

A very
Lake Johnson Park Director and
Big Sweep Zone Captain
for hosting and leading this event!

I hope you’ll participate in our 2015 Fall Big Sweep cleanups in September
and October. I’ll send you a schedule as soon as it comes together!

With sincere thanks,

Sheila B. Jones
Wake County Big Sweep Coordinator
Wake Soil & Water Conservation District

Celebrate Conservation with us at the Busy Bee Cafe

Join us at the Busy Bee to support Soil and Water Conservation in Wake County.

Tuesday, June 16
5:30-7:30 pm

drinks – appetizers – conservation minded Friends

Your $20 donation gives you a 2015 Friends membership

Donate online By June 15
click the Drinks with Friends link on our website
or pay cash/check at the door.

Help us thank the Busy Bee and stay for dinner.

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Bring the Whole Family! We do.

Register Now for GAPs Workshop in Wake County, June 16

Don’t forget to Join us at the Busy Bee

Good Agricultural Practices Workshop: Wake County June 16, 2015 – 9 am to 4 pm Navigating the USDA GAP Audit ​NC Growing Together (NCGT) is partnering ​with Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA)​, ​ North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension to deliver workshops across the state with the aim of providing farmers with the tools to reduce food safety risks and meet market requirements. The Navigating the USDA GAP Audit workshop, will combine classroom and on-farm instruction to provide producers with the tools needed to identify potential food safety concerns, as well as strategies to minimize potential contamination. Available resources, including cost-share assistance (available through 7/31/15) and consulting services, will be provided to growers to assist with the implementation of an effective on-farm food safety program. Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance to fulfill training requirements for USDA GAP/GHP certification. DOWNLOAD the Wake County GAPs Workshop Flyer for all the details! REGISTER NOW ONLINE Register using our Wake County GAPs Workshop Registration Form. Or, call CFSA to register over the phone: 919-542-2402