Do you own or manage agricultural land near a seasonal or perennial stream?
You might qualify for a voluntary program that pays you to restore the streamside to protect water quality and enhance habitat for wildlife.
To learn more about this program, join us for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) information night! The event will be on Wednesday June 29th at Gilgamesh Brewing (The River) in Independence and is hosted by the Polk SWCD. You can learn more about the program and network with other farmers involved in the program.
To learn more about the CREP program and RSVP for this event, click the button below.
If you have questions, please give us a call at 503-623-9680.
Get more info and register - Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) - POLK SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT (polkswcd.com)
Western Oregon University in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) are proud to announce the launch of a bilingual website and “community science” app to help monitor Oregon’s freshwater turtle populations.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is asking for proposals for the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership to improve forest health on public and private lands. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Forest Service are seeking the proposals from partners by Aug. 5, 2022, for fiscal year 2023.
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On this episode. Delanie Herb, Marion SWCD's Natural Areas Conservation Planner, will be talking with Owen Dell, author of “Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies.” Owen is not only an author, but is an internationally recognized landscape architect, certified master water auditor, certified permaculture designer, and educator.
He is the principal of Owen Dell and Associates, LLC out of Corvallis and has been a part of the landscape community since 1971. He has also travelled all over the United States and Canada to deliver lectures on sustainable landscaping. He will discuss what you can do to keep your yard thriving with less!
This program is brought to you in partnership with Polk & Marion Soil & Water Conservation District and Oregon State University Small Farms Program. Conservation Spotlight is a regular segment of Willamette Wake Up on KMUZ 88.5 Fm & 100.7 Fm
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Crowley House Flower Farm is a small cut flower farm and design studio just outside of Rickreall Oregon. They grow for the wholesale market with blooms traveling to Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and for their own design studio on the farm. The Crowley House team also designs for local events, weddings, celebrations of life and everyday arrangements. “We have been growing and designing with our flowers for over ten years now”, says Beth Syphers owner of the Crowley House “and as the business has flexed and changed I still walk out every day to work in the gardens and fall in love with what we do over and over again, it truly is a beautiful life”.
They grow over one hundred different varieties of flowers from Peonies, Heirloom mums, Roses, Ranunculus, and have something in bloom year round. In the winter they make holiday wreaths with evergreens, and in spring, summer and fall they offer classes on gardening and designing with flowers. Even though the farm keeps them busy, they have a podcast called A Blooming Good Time, a YouTube channel, and even a book in the works!
The Crowley House team, Beth, Rilley, Emma, and Jason are excellent examples of small farmers in Polk County.
Visit their website to learn more - https://chflowers.com/