Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation
The Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation Hamilton_County_Soil_and_Water_Conservation_District District organizes various workshops throughout the year.
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2016 Native Tree SALE!!!
Don't miss this sale!  Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District is offering over 30 varieties of native trees and shrubs for only $25.  Payment and orders are due before Saturday, Sept. 3. Read more.

 

 

 



 

Mission Monarch Habitat Creation Workshop  MissionMonarch
Come tour St. Peter's award-winning native habitat landscaping on Monday, Aug 15, 6-8 p.m. Approximately 2.5 acres of land were restored to prairie, pollinator gardens, rain gardens and bioswale using a variety of native wildflowers, grasses, sedges, trees and shrubs.  In addition to providing the awe and beauty of nature, the restored landscaping promotes stewardship of God’s creation, creates a habitat for God’s little creatures (insects, butterflies, birds, and small mammals), significantly reduces its carbon footprint and maintenance costs, requires less mowing and use of chemicals, and promotes better drainage and recharge of the White River watershed.  It’s very impressive and gives you great ideas for replacing your own manicured, fossil fuel intensive lawns. Be inspired and learn how to create a native habitat in your own yard, neighborhood, business or church.  Read more.

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Rain on Main is back!
Painted rain barrels from the art competition will be on display along Main street from Aug. 13-19. In addition to a formal panel of judges, the public is invited to vote for their favorite in a "People's Choice" contest.  The barrels will be featured at the Aug. 20 Carmel Farmers Market where the barrels will be auctioned off to the highest bidders in a silent auction, will be held with all proceeds going to educational signage in Carmel parks. Read more.

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Native Plant Kits
Orders & payment are due by April 23rd

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Native plants are those that have grown and thrived in this area since before settlers made this area home.  Native plants are beautiful, low maintenance, and provide ideal food for many pollinators! This spring take the guesswork out of your landscaping and go native by purchasing one of the Soil and Water Conservation District’s native plant kits.
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Each native plant kit is contains 50 native plants for $120 and takes the guesswork out of plant selection by providing a set of plants that will be perfect for your yard. There is a kit for any area of your landscape including pollinator garden, rain garden (for wetter areas), prairie garden, and shade garden.  Each kit contains 10 different species of native plants and can fill a space anywhere from 50 to 150 square feet.
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Plant kit orders can be placed online at www.hamiltonswcd.org or by visiting the SWCD office at 1717 Pleasant Street in Noblesville. Orders and payment are due by April 24th.  The plant kits will be available for pick up at the SWCD office on Friday May 13th.

More information on native plants and additional sources for native plant purchases can be found on the Hamilton County SWCD website (http://www.hamiltonswcd.org/where-to-find-native-plants.html).

Questions regarding the plant sale or SWCD resources can be directed to Claire Lane at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 317-773-2181.

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Creating a Sustainable Homestead on your Suburban Lot
Sunday, April 2nd, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. HomesteadingPhotos
Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall C
2003 Pleasant St.
Noblesville
Registration begins at 8:30
$15 per person, includes lunch featuring local ingredients
Register Online
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Producing your own vegetables, eggs, and honey is no longer just for rural homeowners and farmers. It doesn’t take acres of land to provide fresh healthy food for your family. Join the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Purdue Extension Hamilton County for an introduction to homesteading by several local experts.
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Education sessions on backyard beekeeping and chickens, local food sources, and an introduction to home food production as well as the basics of food preservation, will all be covered by local experts. An urban soil health expert will teach how to develop healthy, productive soils for gardens. Additionally, SWCD and Purdue Extension staff will share with attendees the many local resources available to them to start these efforts.
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Beekeeping 101 - Kate Franzman of Bee Public

Intro to Backyard Chickens - Andrew Brake of Naptown Chickens

Backyard Conservation: How we can help! - Claire Lane of HCSWCD & Diane Turner of Purdue Extention

Eating Local: Where to find local food & overview of home production - Chef  Thom England of Ivy Tech Culinary Program and co-founder of Dig-IN

Urban Soil Health - Kevin Allison of Marion County SWCD

Food Preservation Basics - Joyce Moore of Urban Patch

See Flyer

See News Release

Visit Hamilton County Soil & Water Website
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2015 Native Tree Sale
Orders & Payment are due Sept. 3, 2015
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Free Pond Management Workshop
Wednesday, July 29, and
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
6:30-8:30 p.m.
John Hensel Government Community Room
Carmel
FREE
Pre-registration is appreciated by contacting 
Jake Houchins at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 317-773-2181.
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There are over 1,000 neighborhood stormwater ponds in Hamilton County and many are plagued by issues such as erosion, algae blooms, Canadian Geese infestations, and high maintenance costs
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There will be speakers for a variety of topics. Refreshments will be served. All of the information for the event, as well as the registration form can be found at http://www.hamiltonswcd.org/workshops--events.html.
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Free Workshop on Pond Shoreline Enhancement
Saturday, June, 13, 2015, 9 a.m.
Ridgefield Subdivision in Fishers
From HW 37 go east on 131st St. and turn right on Promise Road. Make immediate right onto Alamosa Drive
FREE
Pre-registration is appreciated by contacting
Dan McCord at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 317-997-2296 or Claire Lane at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 317-773-2181.

 

This free workshop will cover how shoreline vegetation and native plants can help decrease or eliminate these concerns.  An installation demonstration will be given by Hoosier Aquatic Management and Dan McCord, a resident of Ridgefield Subdivision will guide attendees through the process his neighbored undertook to improve their common areas and ponds. He will discuss challenges and management as well as the significant maintenance cost reductions Ridgefield has seen from their investment in their ponds.  Attendees will have the opportunity to view the established plantings at Ridgefield to get a better vision of what is possible in their communities.

Claire Lane of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District will discuss free assistance that is available to interested individuals and communities as well as financial assistance options to get projects started.

The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is partnering with the Hamilton County Urban Conservation Association, Hoosier Aquatic Management, and the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society to host a “Shoreline Enhancement Workshop” at Ridgefield Subdivision in Fishers.

More information is available online at www.hamiltonswcd.org.

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Free Pond Water Quality Testing for your Neighborhood

The SWCD is undertaking a study to better understand the water quality in Hamilton County detention ponds.  A no obligation inspection will be offered including a review of pond management, physical structure, and laboratory water quality testing.  A free report will be provided to the pond owner/manager at no charge. If you or your HOA would like to be considered for this free program, contact the SWCD at 317-773-2181 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

More information is available online at www.hamiltonswcd.org.