Friends of Wake Soil and Water Conservation District

Helping Protect the Natural Resources of Wake County, NC

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2021 Membership Drive

Dear Friend of the Wake Soil & Water Conservation District:

We sincerely hope you and yours are well.  The past year was difficult for us all, and everyone is looking ahead to brighter days in 2021.

For the Friends of the District, we worked hard to maintain our momentum and stay true to our mission. Yet, the challenges of the Pandemic severely altered our plans, with workshops cancelled, events postponed, and social interactions curtailed.  Our Annual Conservation Banquet, where we traditionally gather at year’s end to celebrate the Soil & Water District’s accomplishments, mingle with friends, and welcome new members, was among them.

But we are moving ahead, refreshed, reorganized, and with a renewed commitment to support the work of the Wake SWCD.  Conservation can’t stop, and neither will we.  Please renew your membership today!  If you are new to us, please join!  And there are many other ways to get involved.

Help us jump-start our support of soil and water conservation in Wake County.  Your membership dues and donations will:

  • Sponsor Resource Conservation Workshop (RCW) scholarships for Wake County high school students interested in Resource Conservation Careers
  • Support the annual Keeping the Farm workshops for our resource landowners
  • Sponsor the annual Conservation Awards Banquet
  • Sponsor events to help the District reach out and communicate with our elected leaders to urge their continued support of the District

Please join us in our renewed commitment to support and champion the work of the District.  Become part of our mission to protect the natural resources of Wake County!

Yours in conservation, 
Donald Belk
Secretary, Friends of the District Board of Directors
fodwake@gmail.com

(Mark your calendars – the next Keeping the Farm workshop is being planned for March 24, 2021.  Full details will be posted soon on our website).

Friends Membership Meeting: Dec. 10, 2020

The Friends of the District will hold a meeting for members and anyone interested in our activities this year on Dec. 10, 2020 at 7pm using Zoom. Usually this time of year, we hold a wonderful banquet to celebrate the accomplishments of so many staff, volunteers, students, teachers, officials, and others who are dedicated to conserving Wake County’s natural resources. This year we’re unable to have the banquet, but we want to connect with everyone interested in our work virtually instead.

Please let us know you want to attend by emailing fodwake@gmail.com or call (919) 250-1050. We need you to register simply so we can provide the Zoom link to you.

A final agenda will be posted here soon.

“Conservation in the Heart of the City” at Dix Park

The Friends of Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District has a fun social event planned for September 12, 5:30-7:30 at Dix Park. We welcome everyone who is interested in our efforts to support the Wake District and support Dix Park to come join us for hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and casual conversation at the Flower Cottage. More Details to Come…

Click here for an invitation flyer (pdf).

Wake County Agribusiness Council’s Fall Tour

You are invited to the Wake County Agribusiness Council’s Fall Tour.
September 11, 2019
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
Location: Agri Supply in Garner
Click here for a flyer

Please RSVP by emailing swcd@wakegov.com
We hope you will attend!

Another successful Resource Conservation Workshop

NCSU hosted the 56th Resource Conservation Workshop in June. This provides high school students from across the state an opportunity to learn first-hand about the many facets of natural resource conservation by spending time in the field and classroom hearing from Extension experts. The Friends of Wake Co. Soil and Water Conservation District are very pleased that we were able able to sponsor a rising junior from Middle Creek High School. We try to sponsor a student every year, so keep a lookout for next year’s call for applications.

RCW News Article from NCSU

The North American Envirothon is Coming to Raleigh this Summer!

Top environmental students from across North America will come to Raleigh this summer, July 28-August 2 for the NA Envirothon. It will be held at NC State University’s Centennial Campus. Many volunteers are needed, as well as Sponsors!. Go to this website for more details.

Another Wonderful Awards Banquet

The 2018 Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District Awards Banquet on Dec. 6 was very well attended and enjoyed by all.

Thanks to Bill Sandifer, we have a lot of great photos to share.

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There were many special guests including the County Poster Winners and their families and teachers, and WRAL’s Jeff Hogan who congratulated them.

Special Congratulations to the Revel Family for being awarded Conservation Farm Family of the Year.

Participate in the PLANWake Surveys

Farm and forest landowners are encouraged to let your voices be heard through PLANWake.

PLANWake is a process to:

  • Define Wake County’s priorities for the future.
  • Renew the community’s vision and goals on a range of issues.
  • Outline a path to success for the coming decade.
  • Click here to learn more and take the survey.

    Upcoming Events this Fall and Winter

    Annual Farm City Day
    November 20th at Noon, Carrollock Farms, 6818 Kennebec Road, Willow Spring
    Sponsored by Wake County Farm Bureau & Wake County Cooperative Extension

    Wake Soil & Water Conservation District’s 53rd Annual Conservation Awards Celebration
    December 6th at 6:00 PM, Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh
    Hosted by Friends of Wake SWCD; RSVP at swcd@wakegov.com
    Download this invitation for more details

    14th Annual Keeping the Farm Workshop
    January 23rd, 8am – 4pm at the Wake County Commons Building
    RSVP at keepfarm2019@gmail.com

    43rd Annual Southern Farm Show Kick-Off Breakfast
    January 30th, 7:30am at the Hunt Horse Complex NC State Fairgrounds
    Hosted by the Wake County Agribusiness Council

    Dale Threatt-Taylor – the Conservation Evangelist

    All of us continue to be inspired by Dale’s passion, commitment, and leadership in the field of soil and water conservation.

    This feature article from NCSU CALS News is a warm tribute to our leader and friend.

    You can find another interview with Dale here at Leadership Nature’s website.

    We love working with you Dale!

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