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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!

January Topic: Virtues and Challenges of Perennial Vegetable Growing with Shawn Jackinsky of Green Cannon Gardens!

These talks are designed to shed light on topics of interest to Kenai Peninsual locals with plenty of time for Q&A. This year the talks are held online via Zoom- grab a coffee, have your lunch and enjoy! 

January Talks:

Tuesday, January 19th: Shawn Jackinsky Discusses Perennial Vegetable Varieties for Southcentral Alaska​

Shawn Jackinsky at Green Cannon Gardens

12:00 pm. Click this link to join!

Shawn Jackinsky is incredibly knowledgeable about perennial vegetable growing. He continually brings in new varieties to trial at his family farm, Green Cannon Gardens in Ninilchik, Alaska. For this talk, Shawn will walk us through a short photographic tour his farm and will hone in on the virtues and challenges of growing several varieties worthy of attention. Two are well known plants and 3 are lesser known perennial vegetables they have been trialing in their gardens for the last 5-6 years:

Alder (Alnus spp.)
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
Turkish Rocket (Bunias orientalis)
Caucasian spinach (Hablitzia tamnoides)
Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata)

Bring your questions.
 

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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Current Newsletter (Fall 2020).
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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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