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Seeking Volunteers for Hubbard Hills Pollinator Seeding

Please join us- Tuesday, May 22nd from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, to plant native prairie seed for pollinators and other wildlife at Hubbard Hills, just north of the end of W. Maple St. in Viroqua. We will remove some of the debris from the ground that was created by clearing efforts, and seed roughly two acres to native prairie grasses and flowers.

This is a great opportunity to get outdoors, get some exercise, and learn about restoring native plant communities and the benefits they provide to wildlife.  All ages welcome!

See https://www.facebook.com/events/320076018522126/ for more information.

Prescribed Grazing Technical Service Provider Training

Training for those interested in becoming a Technical Service Provider (TSP) in Prescribed Grazing, and others interested in a comprehensive course in pasture management, will be held on May 22nd, 23rd, and 24th from 9:30am -3:30pm each day at American Legion Post #138, 120 N. Rusk Ave, Viroqua, WI.  Technical Service Providers are hired by farmers, business, or organizations to provide services on behalf of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).

To get more information or to register for the course contact John Delaney, Valley Stewardship Network, at 608-637-3615 or john@valleystewardshipnetwork.org. Participants are limited to the first twenty to register, with preference given to those who intend to pursue TSP status. Registration Deadline: May 15th.

Hear ye, hear ye… Read all about it

We are happy to announce we have completed our 2018 Spring Newsletter. Please take a read and let us know what you think.

VSN’s Dr. John Delaney’s article in MOSA’s Organic Cultivator

The winter newsletter for MOSA Organics includes an article by VSN’s Agroecologist, Dr. John Delaney. Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation on Organic Farms discusses the importance of biodiversity in our farming landscapes especially since documented declines in recent decades. The article is filled with the many components and options to promote biodiversity on your farm.

Area farmers taking the lead in conservation and water quality!

Farmers aim to preserve Tainter Creek Watershed; VSN is so proud to be collaborating with this group. Our staff lead, Matt Emslie, Landowner Outreach Coordinator, has been working with the group since last year. The farmer-led watershed council has met numerous times and received their first grant in December, 2017. They are planning to use these funds to increase adoption of cover crops, water testing, and host a series of field days.

Farmer Demonstration and Discussion- February 17th – Westby, WI

Outwinter with Bale Grazing to Improve Soil Health & FertilityThe Wallace Center Pasture Project will host a second discussion and demonstration of the value of outwintering. This time exploring the benefits of bale grazing. Join us to learn about this cost saving practice when compared to drylot feeding. In addition to cost savings, the natural distribution of manure by animals while feeding in pastures helps to improve retention of nutrients, much of which are lost to volatilization, leaching, and runoff in a drylot before manure is removed. See how the effects of pasture and soil health can grow over the years contributing to a healthier bottom line for your farm.

The event will be held 10am-12pm, Saturday, February 17th at S1847 Nestingen Rd. Westby, WI.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact John Delaney at 608-637-3615 or john@valleystewardshipnetwork.org. Registration deadline is February 14th. Grilled Lunch will be provided.

Explore your watershed

Our interactive map lets you explore satellite and map views of the Kickapoo and neighboring watersheds. For maps of specific land parcels, contact us about custom GIS mapping services.