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Mark your calendars! The WNY Soil Health Alliance Summer Field Day is here! Morning lectures from keynote speaker Wendy Taheri of TerraNimbus LLC and John Wallace from Cornell, will be followed by an afternoon at Toussaint Farms in Ridgeway, NY, observing 8 cover crop trials and exploring a soil pit, with onsite discussion led by Wendy Taheri. Cover Crop interseeder and herbicide demonstrations will also be included in the workshop. For more information and to register for the workshop click on the Soil Health Workshop Summer 2017 link on the left side of the page.

We are currently taking orders for stocking fish in your ponds.  You do need a current permit from NYSDEC to purchase the fish.  There is no cost for the permit.  There is a link on the left side of the page for the Farm Fish Pond License for stocking of fish.  For the order form click on the April 2017 Newsletter on the left side of the page.

Thank you to everyone for supporting our tree and shrub program.  We had another successful year and could not do it without your support.  If there is a certain species you would like to see offered next year please let us know now so that we can try to get them on our list.  Thank you once again and hope to see you next year!

For those of you who missed out on the Rain Barrel Workshop that was held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 and are interested in attending another workshop, please call to get added to our list to be notified sometime this summer!

Mission Statement:

Orleans County Soil and Water Conservation Districts mission is to use the delivery of science-based, locally-directed, technical and educational assistance to protect and enhance the health, safety and general welfare of the Orleans County residents through the conservation of soil, water, air, plant and animal resources. Soil and Water Conservation Districts were formed in all of New York’s counties in the 1940s as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s attempt to promote on-farm conservation practices through the Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resources Conservation Service). In more recent years, County SWCD’s have formed a strong partnership with the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. SWCDs are primarily funded by counties but also receive support from NYS as well as grants from the state, federal, and private programs. SWCDs perform important work benefiting Lake Ontario’s water quality.

Hours of Operation:  Monday through Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Dennis Kirby, Manager 
Orleans County Soil and Water
446 West Avenue Albion, NY 14411
Phone:  (585) 589-5959 Ext. 5
Fax:  (855)347-7122



District Manager - Dennis Kirby - dennis.kirby@ny.nacdnet.net
Secretary/Treasurer  - Judy Bennett  - judy.bennett@ny.nacdnet.net
Technician  - Katie Sommerfeldt  - katie.sommerfeldt@ny.nacdnet.net

Technician - Megan McAnn - megan.mcann@ny.nacdnet.net