Welcome to the Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District!
The Shenandoah Valley District is one of 47 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Shenandoah Valley District was founded in 1940 and served Augusta, Page, and Rockingham Counties and the Cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, and Waynesboro. In 1975, the Headwaters District was created and began serving Augusta County and the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro.
The Shenandoah Valley District serves the citizens of Page and Rockingham Counties and the City of Harrisonburg. The District is governed by a board of directors formed of local citizens who are either elected or appointed and serve voluntarily.
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Congratulations to the Lucas Family Farm for receiving the 2014 Page County Clean Water Farm Award!
Congratulations to the Lucas Family Farm for being recognized with the 2014 Page County Clean Water Farm Award for their outstanding accomplishments in the conservation of our soil and water resources. The Lucas Family Farm is operated by Walter and Sharon Lucas & Allen and Shannon Lucas.
Lucas Family Farm is located outside of Stanley, VA, and is comprised of approximately 800 acres of owned and rented land, which includes crop and pasture land to support their cattle operation. This farm has implemented multiple conservation practices to improve the water and soil quality in the Mill Creek watershed in Page County.
The SVSWCD was pleased to recognize The Lucas Family Farm at the monthly board meeting held at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on December 4, 2014.
Congratulations to Bethel Bend Farm for receiving the 2014 Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award & the 2014 Shenandoah River Basin Clean Water Farm Award!
Congratulations to Bethel Bend Farm for being recognized with the 2014 Rockingham County Clean Water Farm Award for implementing conservation practices to protect water quality.
Bethel Bend Farm is operated by Willis and Krystal Heatwole and is located outside of Elkton, VA. It includes a variety of crop and pasture land that supports a poultry and dairy replacement heifer operation. The farm has utilized numerous best management practices that will allow future generations to be stewards of local soil and water. As a result of this dedication to conservation this farm was recognized by Governor McAuliffe with the 2014 Shenandoah River Basin Clean Water Farm Award.
The SVSWCD presented these awards during their monthly board meeting held at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on December 4, 2014.
*Both award recipients have received technical and financial assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the SVSWCD for the implementation of conservation practices*
Check out our cover crop displays!
We transformed the front of our building from weeds to an educational display for producers and the public.
Interested in a Summer Internship?
*The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District is seeking spring interns to assist with office and field work between April/May and July/August 2015. For more information
Do you know students who are interested in natural resources?
Please consider nominating them to attend Holiday Lake Forestry Camp, held June 15-20 at Holiday Lake 4-H Center near Appomattox. This residential camp immerses students in field-based learning and introduces them to careers in forestry, wildlife, and related fields. Forestry Camp is open to Virginia residents aged 13-16 who have not attended before. Nominations can be made by any non-related adult and are accepted Jan. 1-April 1. See http://dof.virginia.gov/forestry/camp/ for forms and information.
- A 6 minute video highlighting the Buy Fresh Buy Local movement and the efforts of local farmers to improve the soil and water quality through the use of Best Management Practices.