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Virginia Dare Soil and Water Conservation District

Virginia Dare Soil and Water Conservation District Conserving our Soil and Water and other related natural resources. Delivering the Virginia Agricuture Cost-Share Program in the Cities of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

Pilot Program, Voluntary Agriculture Best Management Reporting Program
Delivering Environmental/Conservation Education Programs to students and adults in the Cities of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

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03/23/2022

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U.S. farmers grow enough to feed 165 people. Today’s technology will help farmers feed the world’s nearly 10 billion people in 2050.

#NationalAgDay #NationalAgricultureDay #AgDay2022 #VirginiaFarmBureau #LoveVaAg

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03/23/2022

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Today is National Ag Day! We're proud to help Virginia farmers conserve soil and water so they can continue to be productive into the future.
Resources: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/

03/23/2022

America’s farmers and producers are proud stewards of our land, water and air. They’re Growing a Climate for Tomorrow! Show your thanks by recognizing their hard work today, on National Ag Day. There’s more at agday.org #agday #agday22

03/23/2022

On this National Agriculture Day, we honor and celebrate American farmers, farmworkers, ranchers, fishers, foresters and other agricultural workers who feed, fuel and clothe the U.S. and the world ❤️

Photos from VSU College of Agriculture's post
03/23/2022

Photos from VSU College of Agriculture's post

03/23/2022

It's #NationalAgDay 🌱

National Ag Day recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by American agriculture. Join us on March 22 as we show appreciation for all those who keep us fed no matter what. Find out more about #AgDay22 at agday.org.

Celebrating National Agriculture Day!! Thank a Farmer!
03/23/2022

Celebrating National Agriculture Day!! Thank a Farmer!

It’s all about the partnership! Thank you to our conservation partners USDA/NRCS and The Dairy Alliance, Chesapeake and ...
03/18/2022

It’s all about the partnership! Thank you to our conservation partners USDA/NRCS and The Dairy Alliance, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach Farm Bureau! We wrapped up Agriculture Literacy Week! Over 100 Approved Agriculture Reading in the Classroom Books The Tales of The Dairy Godmother placed in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach Schools! I personally want to thank my Board of Directors for always supporting our Educational Programs and our outreach to the underserved students in our District! #usdanrcs #dairyalliance #farmbureau #agricultureliteracyweek #dairy #vadareswcd #talesofthedairygodmother #thankafarmer

03/17/2022

🐄🍀Happy St Patrick's Day!🍀🐄

The second day of Reading in the Classroom! Thank you to The Dairy The Dairy Alliance for joining us today! Our Partners...
03/17/2022

The second day of Reading in the Classroom! Thank you to The Dairy The Dairy Alliance for joining us today! Our Partners USDA/NRCS Chesapeake Service Center joining us again! Wonderful day!! #talesofthedairygodmother #agricultureliteracyweek #vadareswcd #usdanrcs #dairyalliance #AITC

First day back in the  classroom since 2019! Celebrating Agriculture Literacy Week! Thank you to our partners Chesapeake...
03/16/2022

First day back in the classroom since 2019! Celebrating Agriculture Literacy Week! Thank you to our partners Chesapeake and Virginia Beach Farm Bureau for purchasing books for our Virginia Beach and Chesapeake Public School Libraries!
Virginia Dare SWCD purchased books for the Chesapeake Pre-School Initiative (CPI). Every classroom will receive the approved Agriculture Reading in the Classroom Book, this is our targeted outreach for students who may not receive agriculture education!
The Tales of the Dairy Godmother. Thank you to our Conservation Partner USDA-NRCS Chesapeake Service Center for reading to students this week!! #agricultureliteracyweek #agriculture #talesofthedairygodmother #vadareswcd

03/15/2022

In 1970, women made up 38% of the U.S. workforces and 8% of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals. By 2019, women in STEM had increased to 27%, with women accounting for 48% of the U.S. workforce, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. On National Pi Day, learn about Extension programs supported by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture that benefit youth pursuing interests in STEM. ▶ https://nifa.usda.gov/about-nifa/blogs/national-pi-day-celebrate-extensions-stem-efforts

03/15/2022

Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism is planning a new wildflower project at Bells Mill Park which is the site of a former capped landfill. The plan is to add wildflowers to the site to provide habitat for birds and bees, encourage more sustainable mowing practices, and provide visual appeal to the site. The existing paths, which are beloved by the running and walking community, will not be altered but wildflowers will be added adjacent to the trails. The project will also include the addition of signage further explaining meadow management and waste reduction while providing a history of the landfill. Later phases may add public art using recycled materials in strategic locations in the park.

So deserving! Congratulations 🎉 She has been advocate for all things conservation and environmental education for many y...
03/15/2022

So deserving! Congratulations 🎉 She has been advocate for all things conservation and environmental education for many years! A friend of VA Virginia Dare Soil and Water Conservation District!

Let's hear it for Ms. Adrienne Sawyer of Chesapeake Public Schools!

As Supervisor of Elementary Science for Chesapeake Public Schools, Ms. Sawyer has written and designed project-based learning experiences for students. Over the past few years, she has worked on reducing standing water and erosion in schoolyards, addressed pollution on school grounds, reduced single-use plastics in the cafeteria, and more. Ms. Sawyer will use her award funding for sensors to identify heat islands in Chesapeake. Volunteers will then plant trees in identified areas to increase the tree canopy.

Ms. Sawyer is one of ten Green Star Teachers recognized for their green excellence. Check out the other winners at askHRgreen.org/GreenStar.

Chesapeake Public Schools Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council - CEIC HRSD

03/09/2022

Made it to the end of the roll? Don't toss it!🧻

Reuse the cardboard for crafts, use them as seed starters for spring, or recycle it. Paper can be recycled up to 7 times before more pulp needs to be added to recycle the fibers.

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03/09/2022

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It’s #InternationalWomensDay! Approximately 36% of Virginia's farmers are women. They care for the land, plant the seeds and raise the livestock. Let’s take a moment to thank the women who feed us all!

#womenfarmers #femalefarmers #womeninagriculture #virginiafarmers #LoveVaAg #VirginiaFarmBureau

Photos from Virginia Beach City Government's post
03/09/2022

Photos from Virginia Beach City Government's post

03/09/2022

This #InternationalWomensDay, we recognize the influential women of Project WET. From our Board of Directors to the educators who teach our curriculum in their communities, women make Project WET's work possible!

"Being a woman in leadership and a community advocate, I take ownership in being a resource and educational leader for my community. Water education and resources to assist with clean initiatives makes our community better for generations to come." -Jashell Mitchell, Project WET Board Member

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03/04/2022

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To kick off #WomensHistoryMonth, we’re celebrating the “Mother of 4-H,” Gertrude Warren— the 1st national leader of 4-H at US Department of Agriculture and the OG of #Opportunity4All.

Help us celebrate the women of #4H by shouting out #femaleleaders and game changers in the comments 👇 #ThisIs4H

03/04/2022

Cover crops—which are typically added to a crop rotation in between two commodity or forage crops—provide living, seasonal soil cover with a variety of on-farm benefits, such as increased soil moisture capacity, improved nutrient cycling, and weed suppression. Cover crops also provide public benefits by reducing sediment loss, nutrient runoff and leaching; reducing flooding; and storing carbon in the soil. With support from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Land-grant Universities conduct research and educate landowners about this important conservation practice. ▶https://nifa.usda.gov/blog/importance-cover-crops

03/04/2022

The Virginia Cooperative Extension Summer College Internship program applications are now open. This paid, summer-long internship are credit-hour-eligible. So, besides learning about career options, building your resume and helping better your community, you can also earn college credit. These internships are available across the state, including at our VSU campus in Petersburg.

Virginia Cooperative Extension is a part of Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, VA's 2 Land-Grant Institutions. While students from these two universities are encouraged to apply for internships, these opportunities are not limited to students at these universities. We're looking for community-minded college students who have a desire to create positive change.

Learn more at: https://ext.vt.edu/internship.html
Or: https://ext.vt.edu/internship/location.html

The changing role of Cooperative Extension
02/28/2022
The changing role of Cooperative Extension

The changing role of Cooperative Extension

In the age of climate change, this country’s land grant universities are working overtime to assure that farmers can feed a growing world population. For Virginia State and Virginia Tech, that means reaching out to cities and to countries around the world.

02/28/2022
02/28/2022

*NEW LOCATION* this year...
Battlefield Park South, next to the Old Fire Station.

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02/28/2022

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As we wind down Black History month, we want to share about Black History makers. U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh is the first African-American to hold this post, a longtime advocate for agriculture, education, and one of Virginia’s finest!
#MakingBlackHistory #BHM #VirginiaGrown

From the Ground Up: Grow Bags for the Home Gardener
02/28/2022
From the Ground Up: Grow Bags for the Home Gardener

From the Ground Up: Grow Bags for the Home Gardener

If you're looking for a convenient, portable solution for your home garden, grow bags may be your answer. Learn more about this popular gardening trend.#Grow...

02/28/2022

Invasive species like the emerald ash borer can threaten native species. They can disrupt ecosystems—making it challenging for native plants and animals to compete. And in the case of the Asian tiger mosquito, they can spread disease to people. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture supports researchers at the nation’s Land-grant Universities who are leading the fight against invasive species. Learn more. ▶https://nifa.usda.gov/blog/invasive-species-affect-everyone

Photos from askhrgreen.org's post
02/28/2022

Photos from askhrgreen.org's post

02/28/2022

Before gardening, John Few IV never considered a career in agriculture. These days, the Virginia State University (VSU) alumnus enjoys working outdoors and can’t imagine being anywhere else. Few graduated cm laude in 2016, earning a bachelor’s of science in agriculture with a concentration in plant and soil science from VSU’s Department of Agriculture. He earned a master’s degree in life sciences from the Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech in 2018 and worked as a graduate teaching assistant at Virginia Tech, as well.

“I got into agriculture because I wanted to find a permanent solution to world hunger,” he said. One way he hopes to make a difference is by educating people on small-scale food production.

Read more here: https://www.ext.vsu.edu/connection-vol-5/vsu-alumnus-passing-passion-for-plants-to-others or click the link in the bio.

#MakingBlackHistory #VSUMakingBlackHistory #1890sMakingBlackHistory #BHM #minoritiesinagriculture Virginia State University

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