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Experiences Experiences in Implementing SH Practices WS - Kevin Allison

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Experiences Experiences in Implementing SH Practices WS - Kevin Allison

  1. 1. Marionswcd.org
  2. 2. Resource Concerns • Erosion • Compaction • Degraded soil habitat • Ponding • Flooding • Excess Nutrients • Low aggregate stability • Inefficient moisture management • Plant health • Plant Productivity • Invasive species
  3. 3. Urban & Small Farm Conservation Practices • Alley Cropping • Composting Facility • Conservation Cover • Conservation Crop Rotation • Contour Farming • Cover Crops • Filter Strip • Gypsum • Hedgerow Planting • High Tunnel • Integrated Pest Management • Mulching • Nutrient Management • Multi-Story Cropping • Residue and Tillage Management • Reduced Till & No-Till • Tree Shrub Planting • Windbreak Shelterbelt
  4. 4. Direct Technical Assistance Technical assistance to 104 growers 38 market farms 51 organization farms 49 have an educational component. Multiple operations’ missions include food access for Marion County residents in need. Year Direct TA Site Visits 2015 43 36 2016 44 34 2017 53 41 2018 64 51
  5. 5. Educational Events Year Educational Events Total Attendance 2015 28 625 2016 33 737 2017 33 710 2018 33 905 Target Audience • Local Growers • Community Leaders • Educators • Youth • Public • Conservation Partners (USDA-NRCS, SWCDs, Purdue Extensions, etc.) Themes • Soil Health • Basic and advanced conservation practices • Plant health and productivity, cover crops, mulching, reduced tillage, nutrient management, and native plantings • Grower roundtables and networking • Hands-on trainings
  6. 6. Educational Events and Trainings One Water Forum Organic Nutrient Management Workshops for Vegetable Growers Purdue Extension – Spring Garden Clinics, Lunch & Learns, Garden Tours Youth Workshops at Groundwork Indy, Kephwr Institue, Felege Hiywot, & Multiple Schools Purdue Extension – Urban Farm Incubator Network & Purdue Urban Ag Certificate Course Multiple SWCD Hand-On Trainings at Demonstration Gardens Purdue Extension – Master Gardener State Convention Multiple Cover Crop Giveaway Events Indiana Small Farms Conference Pathway to Water Quality – Indiana State Fair Permaculture Workshop CCSI Advanced Cover Crops Specialty Crops V3 Corporate Sustainability Indiana Teacher’s Association Indy Urban Acres Spring Clinic NRCS Leadership Team & NRCS Statewide Soil Health Teams Indianapolis Rose Society Indiana Association of Soil Classifiers Permaculture Film Screenings of INHABIT Marion County SWCD Grower Roundtables Purdue Extension – Nutrition Education Program at St. Philip Neri Community (Spanish) Indianapolis Public Libraries SWCD/NRCS/Purdue Extension Garden Huddle TURN Festival IUPUI Guest Lectures Indiana Wildlife Federation

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