Friends of Wake Soil and Water Conservation District

Helping Protect the Natural Resources of Wake County, NC

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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 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
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.




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
    Download this invitation for more details

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

    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!

    ‘Tis the Season for Giving! – Your Donations Help Support the Friend’s Mission!



    Friends of Wake Soil and Water Conservation District

    Supporting Natural Resource Conservation in Wake County



    November 29, 2016


    Dear Friend,


    It is harvest season in Wake County.  Our local farmers are taking stock, looking ahead, and hopefully enjoying the fruits of their efforts and a successful year.  It is also the season to be thankful that we live in a prosperous county that values access to local food, clean water, and open space that our 827 farms and farmers provide.

    As any farmer will tell you, a good harvest this year is no assurance of another next season.  Unpredictable weather, soil erosion and compaction, waste management, stormwater runoff, and reliable water resources are among the daunting challenges our farmers face day after day, year after year.

    Fortunately, the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District has worked for over 50 years to support local farmers and assist them in protecting the natural resources of our County.  Since 1965, our dedicated and nationally renowned Soil and Water staff have provided technical expertise and innovative ideas to address the issues our farmers confront daily.

    District staff are in the field everyday working with landowners to install practices such as grassed waterways and livestock exclusion fencing to help protect our water resources. They work daily with landowners on no-till farming practices, contour farming, and cover crop rotation to ensure that critically important topsoil is protected.  Through the District’s education programs, school children are learning about the importance of caring for the environment to become the next generation of Wake County land stewards.  With a recent grant, Wake District is initiating a new outreach program to connect Wake County’s urban agriculturalists with the District’s technical assistance.


    How are these conservation efforts made possible?


    By Wake County residents like YOU who are members of the Friends of Wake Soil and Water Conservation District!  Our all-volunteer non-profit organization provides resources to support and raise awareness of the District so that it can continue its amazing work for decades to come.  To celebrate Wake Soil and Water Conservation District’s ongoing accomplishments and help sustain its vital work into the future, we invite you to become a member by making an end-of-year, tax-deductible donation at or by sending a check to Friends of Wake SWCD, PO Box 46, Raleigh NC 27602.


    Thank you again for helping protect Wake County’s natural resources,



    Donald R. Belk

    Chair, Friends of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors

    Friends of Wake Soil and Water Conservation District

    Supporting Natural Resource Conservation in Wake County



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