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.Read More
Join Bob Hendershot of Green Pasture Services, Mike Jones of Tierra Verde, and Jeff Crowe of Erie Street Kitchen for this comprehensive grazing program and Farm to Table Dinner aimed at livestock producers.Read More
Join Bob Hendershot of Green Pasture Services for this informative pasture walk created exclusively for horse owners interested in maintaining a healthy pasture, and therefore healthy horses.Read More
Dr. Sherri Mason’s groundbreaking research on microbead plastic contaminants in the Great Lakes has led governments and manufacturers around the world to ban microbeads, small plastics that are a major pollutant in our water. While ending the use of microbeads is an important first step, much more needs to be done to protect our health and environment from “The Perils of Plastic”.
Join us for this community event, free and open to all!
Door prizes will be awarded in the spirit of reducing single-use plastics in our community.
In Kent on June 7, 2019, this program will open sixteen days of commemorations across the North Coast, of the 50th Anniversary of the fire near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. The Symposium will include poetry contributions from across the region, recognition of local environmental projects accomplished by community groups and individuals, and an evening lecture given my James White, former executive director of the Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization when the Remedial Action Plan and Director of Sustainable Infrastructure Programs of the Cleveland Cuyahoga Port Authority.Read More
Beginning June 19th and ending June 22nd, there will be a symbolic torch carried along the Cuyahoga River with festivals and ceremonies planned at each passing of the torch location. Learn more.Read More
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.Read More
Each year the contest is based on a certain theme, this years was, “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper.” Congratulations to this years winners! Good luck at States and beyond!Read More
At the end of the garden season you may be ready to rest, but your soil is not. All gardens benefit from the use of cover crops, or “green manures” planted at the end of the season. Tilling, weeding, harvesting, and foot traffic tends to destroy soil structure. Planting cover crops is an easy way to revitalize the soil.Read More
When the oozing Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969, it may not have even made the “Top 10” list of Cleveland river fires—and few realized it was actually the 13th time a fire had been documented. The fire became the punchline of jokes and a lasting symbol of environmental neglect, both in Cleveland and across the country. Over the last five decades, the river’s ongoing resurrection is a testament to the work that brought it back to life, and a reminder of how easily it can be taken for granted.Read More
Our spring fish sale provides a convenient opportunity for landowners to improve their pond stock with a variety of fish including large mouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, amur carp etc.Read More
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 different techniques such as rainwater catchment systems, infiltration swales on contour, keyline systems, soil health and more.Read More
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!Read More
Portage SWCD is working with Walnut Creek Seeds to offer a timely workshop on how to use various warm-season cover crops for soil health and weed management in your garden this summer.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
This years tree sale boasts some unique gems for your home garden/small farm! Plants like honeyberry, goji berry, lingonberry, and hardy kiwi may be unfamiliar, but offer unique flavors and favorable characteristics for our climate. Find plant care information and recipes here!Read More
Erik Draper, OSU Extension Educator in Geauga County, will guide us through the selection, planting and maintenance of a variety of fruits in northeast Ohio.Read More
Topics covered will include watershed in distress designations and their effects on communities, "Clean Lake 2020" funds, state plans to address nutrient runoff during the DeWine Administration, best nutrient management practices, nutrient management plans, financial assistance, and why this all matters.Read More
Join A. J. Baltes, Baltes Family Farms, fourth generation Mahoning County farmer to learn about current practices his family is using to incorporate year-round cover crop mixes into their crop rotations.Read More