March 2020
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Cultivating  502

Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District

“Always include local nature - the land, the water, the air, the native creatures - within the membership of the community.”
— Wendell Berry, Conserving Communities, 1995
We hope you are staying safe at home during this pandemic. Our office will remain closed to public visitors until it is safe again to open. Staff are working remotely and are available through the phone and email. We will check our voicemail weekly and get back to you promptly. Please be patient as we navigate how to serve you while also following safety protocols. 

Geri Johnson, Administrative Secretary,
Erin James, Environmental Educator,
Lilias Pettit-Scott, Urban Agriculture Conservationist,
Join our virtual book club! Erin James, our Environmental Educator, is launching a virtual book club so we can stay connected while you stay at home and stay safe. Join her in reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. This book will take you on a journey through Barbara's experience moving to Appalachia and embarking on a year-long locally-produced diet. It's a wonderful story involving her family and their ups and downs trying to bring their food source as local as possible. 

You can order the book from Carmichael's, check it out through your Overdrive App from the public library, or purchase it online from sites like or

If you would like to join the club, email Erin at with SPRING BOOK CLUB 2020 in the subject line. Please let Erin know by Tuesday, March 31st if you plan to join.
Connect With Us Online!
Find content on conservation practices you can do
while at home on the social sites below.
Soil Vouchers are on their way! After last month's newsletter, we received a large increase in requests for vouchers. Geri has been busy getting those out to you all. Thank you for your patience!

The Jefferson County Extension Service continues to accept your soil samples. They have set up space in front of their office door where you can leave your soil sample. Please follow the instructions they have provided. Their office door is closed to the public but they are still available by telephone to answer any of your questions. 

You can bring your sample to Jefferson County Extension Services, 4200 Gardiner View Avenue, (502)569-2344.
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