Farm Science Review Bus Trip
Sep
18
5:45 AM05:45

Farm Science Review Bus Trip

The Farm Science Review showcases new research, products, services, and experience through educational exhibits, presentations, and demonstrations on farming industries, & natural resources. PSWCD offers a community bus trip to and from one day of FSR. Cost includes event ticket, bus ride, morning refreshments, and dinner at Der Dutchman Restaurant!

 

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2019 Portage County Conservation Photo Contest
Jul
26
8:00 AM08:00

2019 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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The Perils of Plastic Pollution
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

The Perils of Plastic Pollution

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.

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5th Annual Edith Chase Symposium: Legacy & Lessons from the Cuyahoga River
Jun
7
4:00 PM16:00

5th Annual Edith Chase Symposium: Legacy & Lessons from the Cuyahoga River

June 7, 4:00-8:30 Kent, OH

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. The Poetry Reading to celebrate Ohio’s Crooked River with selected poetry readings will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday Afternoon at the Wick Poetry Center of Kent State University. The presentation titled “Legacy & Lessons from the Cuyahoga River will begin at 7pm at KSU’s Cene Lecture Hall.

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Portage/Trumbull Local Workgroup Meeting
May
28
10:00 AM10:00

Portage/Trumbull Local Workgroup Meeting

Trumbull and Portage Soil and Water Conservation Districts Announces Local Workgroup Meeting

The Trumbull and Portage Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) will conduct a Local Workgroup (LWG) meeting on 5/28/19 to identify resource concerns, discuss conservation priorities, and develop potential solutions.  The meeting will take place at 10:00 am at the Portage County SWCD Garden Meeting Room at 6970 State Route 88; Ravenna, Oh 44266.  Agendas available upon request.

Local Work Group membership is limited to Federal, State, county, tribal, or local government representatives who are familiar with agriculture and natural resources, however meetings are open to public participants encouraged to provide input on local conservation issues and resource challenges.  LWGs support locally led conservation efforts by coordinating USDA programs with other conservation programs to provide an integrated solution to addressing natural resource concerns. 

 

Individuals who need accommodations, please contact Kara MacDowell at 330-235-6808 or by email at Kara.macdowell@oh.usda.gov by May 21st , 2019.

For more information, contact Kara MacDowell or James Bierlair at Portage SWCD at 330-297-7633 x3.

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May
18
9:00 AM09:00

Kent River Day

Cuyahoga River Day Festival at Haymaker’s Farmers Market
Corner of Franklin Ave. & College St. Kent, OH

Explore river themed activities, children’s art, environmental displays and visit with aquatic animals. Learn about plastics in our watershed, stewardship opportunities, and recieve a FREE TREE and milkweed seeds! The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will also be sharing safe boating “hands on” demonstrations.
Sponsored by Kent Parks & Rec and Kent Environmental Council

Participating Organizations include: Kent Parks & Rec, Portage Soil & Water Conservation District, KSU Crooked River Adventures, US Coast Guyard Auxiliary, City of Kent: Service, Health, and Water Reclamation, & ODNR Naturalists.

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Other Activities around Kent include:

Kayak, Canoe & Tube Rentals through Crooked River Adventures at Tannery Park - 100 Stow st, Kent

Have a River Day Adventure along the Cuyahoga (weather and water-level permitting)
Trip Options: 1-3 hr kayak, Tandem Kayak or canoe trips ($20-$55) and lazy river tubes ($13) with return transportation. Contact and reservations: 330-541-7467
Sponsored by KSU Crooked River Adventures

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Electrofishing Demonstration at Tannery Park - 100 Stow st, Kent
10am-noon

Who says water and electricity don’t mix? Observe an electrofishing (efishing) demonstration at Tannery Park. You will see how fish are captured with efishing equipment by experienced aquatic life biologists. There will be opportunities for you to get up close and personal with local fish, so be sure to bring the kids, our budding biologists of tomorrow~ Watch for posted updates as Plum Creek Park is the backup location in high water conditions.
Sponsored by Davey Resource Group

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Spring Tree Sale
Apr
17
to Apr 19

Spring Tree Sale

The Portage SWCD Tree Sale is a beloved tradition in the county. The sale provides an opportunity for Northeast Ohio landowners to purchase native plants at wholesale prices. Native plants are the foundation of the ecosystem that supports us: they help to clean our air, filter our water and keep our soil in place. Crop grade plants are also available through this sale.

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Managing Stormwater On Your Land:  A Local Tour of Challenges and Solutions
Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Managing Stormwater On Your Land: A Local Tour of Challenges and Solutions

Water is an invaluable 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 simply 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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Pond Clinic
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Pond Clinic

  • Centerville Mills Park Dining Hall (map)
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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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Growing Small Fruits
Mar
13
1:00 PM13:00

Growing Small Fruits

Having problems growing apples, blueberries, brambles or other fruit? Then please join us as Erik Draper, OSU Extension Educator in Geauga County, guides us through the selection, planting and maintenance of a variety of fruits in northeast Ohio. 

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BEE TALK
Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

BEE TALK

Wouldn’t you just love to spend a couple of hours and pick the brains of a bunch of experienced Ohio Beekeepers? Maybe the county or even the state inspector, a long time sideliner, a bee book author, a honey packer, an equipment manufacturer or maybe even a commercial beekeeper?

YOU CAN AT BEE TALK

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Creating a Closed Loop Farming System - Farmers Roundtable
Feb
12
5:30 PM17:30

Creating a Closed Loop Farming System - Farmers Roundtable

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This new program series is geared towards market farmers and is a collaboration between Portage Soil & Water Conservation District (PSWCD) and Countryside. This series will bring monthly programing geared towards farmers in their off-season and is intended to promote discussion, problem solving and networking among local market farmers in their off-season. This series may also be beneficial to those hoping to begin farming in the near future. Some programs will be farmer-led, while others will have field professionals present to facilitate discussion and field questions. These programs are free, just bring yourself and a willingness to add to the discussion! Sessions will be held Thursday evenings from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

2/12/2019 – Savings for your Pocket and the Planet: Creating a Closed Loop Farming System (Countryside)
Countryside Location—will vary, email Annie Preston at apreston@cvcountryside.org or call (234) 334-4622
Programs held at this location will be casual and mostly farmer-led.

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Cover Crops and No-Till Practices - Farmers Roundtable
Jan
31
5:30 PM17:30

Cover Crops and No-Till Practices - Farmers Roundtable

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1/31/2019 – Integrating Cover Crops and No-Till Practices into your Market Farm (PSWCD)

This new program series is geared towards market farmers and is a collaboration between Portage Soil & Water Conservation District (PSWCD) and Countryside. This series will bring monthly programing geared towards farmers in their off-season and is intended to promote discussion, problem solving and networking among local market farmers in their off-season. This series may also be beneficial to those hoping to begin farming in the near future. Some programs will be farmer-led, while others will have field professionals present to facilitate discussion and field questions. These programs are free, just bring yourself and a willingness to add to the discussion! Sessions will be held Thursday evenings from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.



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Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

CAUV and the Ohio Forestry Tax Law Tax Reduction Program

Join Leah Curtis , legal counsel for the Ohio Farm Bureau and ODNR Division of Forestry District 3 Manager, John Kehn, as they explain these two tax reduction programs available for Portage County landowners that have 10 acres of agricultural land or qualifying woodlot that meet the criteria that will be outlined during their presentations.  Join these experts to see if you are eligible for these tax reduction programs. 

Please register with Lynn at lvogel@portageswcd.org or call (330) 235-6806.

 

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