The Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in partnership with the Deer Creek-Sugar Creek Watershed Project are hosting a free conservation tour on August 20th from 7:45 am to noon.
Find out what local farmers are doing to improve water quality and soil health with a variety of conservation practices! Join the Deer Creek-Sugar Creek Watershed Project’s Free Conservation Bus Tour for a guided tour around 3 different Carroll and Howard County farm operations. The day will start with a complimentary breakfast sponsored by the Howard and Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Stop 1 (8:30 am): The Rinehart Farm at The Gathering Barn highlighting installed two stage ditch, filter strips and waterways with structures with Sarah Lake, Indiana State Department of Agriculture and hosts Jeremy Kelly and Lynn Kissel
Stop 2 (9:30 am): CJMR Farm (960 W. 600 N Kokomo) highlighting forage and biomass plantings, heavy use protection narea, rotational grazing, stream crossings and access control with Calvin Hartman, Howard County SWCD and farmer
Stop 3 (10:45 am): Oyler Farm (2617 E. State Road 18, Flora) highlighting equipment modifications for cover crops, nutrient management, no till farming and other soil health practices with Jason Oyler, Shanks Brothers and others
Health and Safety Notes:
- Health- If you are feeling sick, please stay home.
- Social Distancing - You must social distance at the tour. This means that you are to have 6 ft. of space in all directions between you and the next person. On the Bus, we will observe designated seating to provide for safe distance. Members of the same household/families may sit together. Since only 28 "spots" are available on the bus, please remember to RSVP to save a seat, otherwise you may drive to each location. If you would like to attend, but have health concerns, we are planning to provide virtual tours from the event for your viewing on YouTube.
- Face Coverings - are recommended for all participants, but only required on the bus. Your driver WILL be wearing a mask, and masks/bandanas will be provided to all participants. Hand sanitizer and bottled water will be provided throughout the tour.
If you are interested in participating in tour, contact the Carroll County SWCD – Rhonda Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information about the project’s progress can be found at https://dcscwatershed.org/news-and-events.