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It's Election Time!

For the Homer Soil and Water Board of Supervisors-but only cooperators can particate. Are you a cooperator? If so, nominate someone or join our board yourself!  Download the Call for Nominationns HERE.

And please consider becoming an active member of our District by joining the ranks of our local cooperators (it's free)


KNOW YOUR LAND talks are BACK!

December Topics: Kenai Peninsula Wildland Fire and Fuel Breaks!

This series of talks was started last fall to present ideas to local land owners on soil health, stewardship, and other local land-related topics with plenty of time for Q&A.

This year the talks are held online via Zoom- no need to leave your couch! 

December Talks:

For our December KNOW YOUR LAND talks, Homer Soil & Water's Forester Matt James and NRCS' Forester Chris Tcimpidis dig into the science and history behind Wildland fire fuel breaks here on the Kenai Peninsula, as well as the different programs and funding sources available to landowners. December 1st and 15th.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 1st: Wildfire and Fuelbreaks on the Kenai Peninsula

11:30 am. Click this link to join in!

Matt and Chris dig into the science and history behind Wildland fire fuel breaks here on the Kenai Peninsula, as well as the different programs and funding sources available to landowners. Bring your questions.

 

 

Tuesday, Dec. 15th:  Wildfire and Fuelbreaks on the Kenai Peninsula (Part 2)

For this second session, Matt and Chris will focus on questions raised by participants in our December 1st talk. Plenty of time for Q&A. Bring your questions.

11:30 am. Click this link to join in!

 

If you have any questions about these talks or about joining a meeting using Zoom, feel free to ask us. Contact nicole@homerswcd.org or call (907) 399-4161. We're happy to help.


 

Check out Homer Grown on KBBI AM 890. It's a new local show on gardening, agriculture and all things that grown on the southern Kenai Peninsula. Interviews with local experts and farmers, it's all about the community transmission of knowledge. Hosted by Desireee Hagen and co-produced by the Homer Soil & Water Conservation District. 

Airs every other Saturday at 11:00 am at AM 890 or stream at www.kbbi.org.

Or click this link to listen to past episodes anytime.

 


 

 

Homer Area Food System Surveys

Want to learn about both the supply side and the demand side of our local food system here on the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula?

Check out our in-depth survey of Local Commercial Producers  and Commercial Buyers (restaurants and institutions) by clicking on the pictures below.

Producer SurveyConsumer Survey

 

 

We've moved!

After decades in the "blue bank building," NRCS and Homer Soil and Water are all moving into the Frontier Building between ACS and Remax on Pioneer. As of December 2017, our new address is 432 E Pioneer Ave.  Homer Soil and Water will be in the office on the left, NRCS will be on the right, where Tech Connect used to be.

Come say hi!

Below is a list of goals for the coming fiscal year, identified by the Board of Supervisors.  Our Annual Plan of Work, outlining our goals and objectives, and how we aim to accomplish them, can be viewed by downloading this document.  

 

  • Goal 1:  Encourage incorporation of landscape systems into the planning process at any scale.
  • Goal 2:  Maximize use of best management practices to protect water and soil related resources.
  • Goal 3:  Work with partner agencies to assist in the protection of salmon habitat. 
  • Goal 4:  Promote and support sound management and protection of wetlands on non-federal lands on the Kenai Peninsula.
  • Goal 5:  Provide support for agricultural activities in the Homer District.
  • Goal 6:  Further the Homer District’s Invasive Plant Program.
  • Goal 7:  Provide educational opportunities and materials to assist the public in making informed decisions regarding resource management.

We value your civil rights.  It is the policy of the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District to recruit, hire, train and promote for all job classifications without regard to a person’s race, religion, color or national origin, age, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, parenthood or any other impermissible characteristic as defined by law when the reasonable demands of the position do not require distinction of the aforementioned items.

 

Local Conservation Solutions

2019 Anchor River Restoration

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News and Events

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Check out our latest Ag UPdates newsletter here


GOT QUESTIONS?

Homer Soil & Water staff are working from home to honor social distancing protocols. You can reach out to us by phone or email at anytime. We're here to help.

  • Phone; (907) 299-4920
  • info@homerswcd.org

Contacts by program

Invasive species: katherine@homerswcd.org

Soils: brad@homerswcd.org

Natural resources: rivers, wetlands, habitat: devony@homerswcd.org

Local food systems or Ag in the Classroom: nicole@homerswcd.org

District manager: kyra@homerswcd.org

Visit our Facebook page for the latest webinars, ag news, invasive weeds to look out for, or just to see what we've been up to.


 

News for NRCS high tunnel (or other program) applicants

NRCS offices are closed to walk-in service for the time being, but staff are still here for you by phone and email. They will be practicing social distancing during for spring/summer 2020 field work to keep you and their staff safe. Reach out to the Homer office at (907) 235-8177 ext 3.

* The application period opened October 1st for FY20! However, NRCS does accept applications at any time.

* For landowners enrolling in the Crop Rotation conservation practice (328), there are additional requirements as of FY2018. The crop rotations must include a small grain which is grown to a height of at least 4” in the entire growing area at the beginning or end of the summer.

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