Save our Soils - Did you know?
Soil erosion involves the breakdown, detachment, transport and redistribution of soil particles by forces of water, wind or gravity. Good soil quality improves crop productivity, water quality, air quality and biological activity. Good soil quality leads to a healthier and better looking garden.
What can you do? Till your ground as little as possible. Keep living plants in your soil as long as possible. Grow a variety of plant species in your field or garden. Keep soil surface covered with residue.
Protect our Pollinators - Did you know?
Pollinators are insects and other animals that aid in the pollination of plants during their feeding process. Monarch butterflies have seen a 90% population decline over the past two decades. Pollinators are essential for the health and success of flowers, fruits, vegetables and other agricultural crops.
What can you do? Provide food and habitat for your pollinators by planting wildflowers and other native species, such as milkweed. Limit your pesticide use. Provide clean water for your local pollinators. Leave dead tree trunks in your landscape for wood-nesting pollinators.
Watch our Waters - Did you know?
Improper use and storage of fertilizers, pesticides and animal manure can pollute our local streams, rivers and lakes. Increased nutrients in still water promotes algal growth. Practicing good water quality habits can save you money and time.
What can you do? Follow all regulations when storing, handling and using fertilizers and pesticides. Store any animal manure in a dry area. Reduce soil erosion. If you suspect poor water quality in your area, request water quality testing.