Plastics in Your Water

Plastic pollution in the Great Lakes is prevalent, and is being recognized as a detriment to public health.  More than 13 million people (over 3 million Ohioans) get their drinking water from Lake Erie.  With better choices and possibly a little inconvenience, we can greatly reduce the plastic entering our Great Lakes and other Ohio streams and rivers.  Our presenter will be Dr. Sherri  Mason, 2018 Heinz Award recipient for her work identifying plastic microbeads and microfibers in the Great Lakes and the resulting policy changes that banned the inclusion of microbeads in cosmetic products and cleaners. 

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Annie's Project - Empowering Women in Agriculture

Annie’s project is a six-week program designed to address risk management education for farm women. Its objective is to educate women entrepreneurs so that they are more prepared to make farm management decisions. The program topics covered include human resources, legal risks, financial risks, marketing risks, and production costs and risks. 

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2019 TREE SALE

Our Annual Spring Tree Sale offers over 30 different species of bareroot woody trees and shrubs at a great wholesale price. Species range from fruit and nut producing species such as hazelnuts and bush cherries, to native evergreens such as Canadian Hemlock to Western Arborvitae. Check out the full list!

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2019 BIG TREE CONTEST: BIG BEECH

The 2019 Big Tree Species will be Fagus grandifolia, American Beech. The American Beech is a native tree that has a strong presence. Its large looming stature, glossy green leaves, and smooth grey bark that can be all-too-often recognized by the initials carved into it are key characteristics.

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1st ANNUAL PORTAGE COUNTY CONSERVATION PHOTO CONTEST

This year we are launching our first ever county-wide conservation photo contest! The contest will be open to all  Portage County Residents and will include four categories: Conservation Practices, Close-up Conservation, Conservation in Action, and Agriculture and Conservation Across America. There will be two age divisions that will be judged separately: Youth - 18 years and under, and Adult - 19 years and older.

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MANAGING STORMWATER ON YOUR LAND

If you are a land steward, you know that water is inevitable. Water is an amazing resource, but when not managed properly it can cause many problems, for you, your crops, or for those down stream. At this program we will explore difference techniques to manage stormwater without just shuttling it off-site through  different techniques such as rainwater catchment systems, infiltration swales on contour, keyline systems, soil health and more.

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CHAINSAW SAFETY WORKSHOP

This hands-on workshop includes morning classroom activities and lecture that focus on personal protective equipment (PPE), safety features of tool and more and the afternoon will include hands-on components that will cover the five step pre-felling plan, and the benefits of several felling options including open-face felling and a hinge & bore method. Participants will observe a tree felling demonstration.

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GROWING HAZELNUTS

Join us for this rare opportunity to learn from a field expert! John’s cultivar research has resulted in cultivation information that is more pertinent to our location than the info that is available from the east and west coast universities.

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POND CLINIC

Portage and Geauga SWCD welcome Eugene Braig, Aquatic Ecosystems Program Director, OSU Extension. Eugene’s presentation will address aquatic plant management in ponds, and the top 5 pond management concerns.

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