Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District has announced the 2020 Outstanding Cooperator; Dave & Jan Reese
Dave Reese was a supervisor with Hancock SWCD from 2006-2020. Dave served as chairman of the board for a majority of those years. Dave and Jan, along with their family, have developed, Kaleidoscope Farms Christmas tree farm. The farm already has more than 25,000 trees growing as their main crop. The Cooperator of the Year award is based on the many conservation practices that Dave and Jan Reese have accomplished on their farm.
These practices include: a 7-acre riparian buffer protecting both banks of Ottawa Creek with a variety of hardwood trees that offer habitat for a diverse population of birds, pollinators, and wildlife while shading the stream and stabilizing the soil; two windbreaks accomplish most of the same things for the open farm ground. Ten acres of woodlands are managed for invasive species control and a paw-paw patch. Several acres of CRP ground and field border provide native plants for pollinators and wildlife and a clover cover crop around the Christmas trees does the same. The Reese’s practice Integrated Pest Management methods of disease and insect control to avoid the use of pesticides.
Dave & Jan have led Kaleidoscope Farms to be an Ohio Certified Tree Farm and member of The Ohio and National Christmas Tree Associations. Dave is past president and still serves on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Christmas Tree Association.
2021 Fish Sale
We currently are holding our Annual Fish sale. Order forms are available at the link below and need be turned into the Hancock SWCD Office by September 16, 2021. Pickup will be at 10:00a.m. on September 23, 2021 in the Hancock Agricultural Service Center Parking lot.
Please check out the H2Ohio page by clicking here to see more information about the H2Ohio Program.
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Manure Application Guidelines
UPDATE – The Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Soil and Water Conservation would like to remind producers and nutrient applicators of laws and restrictions on manure application. Click the following link to review the current information:
2021 Summer Newsletter
The Hancock SWCD Summer Newsletter is now available. Click here to download your copy!
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