JUNE 17, 2015



Women who own or manage farmland in Kosciusko and surrounding counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour.


“We estimate that women now own or co-own between one-fourth and one-half of the farmland in the Midwest and they are very interested in farming practices that benefit the health of their land,” said Jennifer Filipiak, associate Midwest director for the American Farmland Trust. “Our goal is to connect these women with each other and with the resource professionals who can help them with their farmland management goals.”

Women Caring for the LandSM meetings bring together landowners in an informal learning format for a women-only morning discussion followed by a more in-depth look at the characteristics of healthy soil and farming practices that promote it. Female conservation professionals are on hand to answer questions and share resources.  “These meetings have been well-received in other parts of Indiana,” remarked Darci Zolman, Program Administrator with the Soil and Water Conservation District, “and we’re looking forward to bringing this unique educational opportunity to our area.”


Following lunch, area conservationists will lead a bus tour to view conservation practices on the ground.  Topics for discussion range from soil health and water quality, wildlife management and government cost-share programs, to how to talk with tenants about management practices.  The meeting is presented in partnership with the Women Food and Agriculture Network, who pioneered the program in Iowa.  “We continually hear from women how grateful they are for a women-only learning environment,” commented Bridget Holcomb, executive director of the Women Food and Agriculture Network, “and they tell us that they are able to discuss issues that they wouldn’t feel comfortable bringing up in any other setting."


On June 17, coffee and registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 9.  Lunch is provided, and the program will end with refreshments at 3 p.m.

Space is limited for this unique opportunity so please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 12 to Darci Zolman, Kosciusko County Soil & Water Conservation District at (574) 267-7445, extension 118 or darci.zolman@in.nacdnet.net.  If you need accommodation please notify us when you RSVP

And feel free to bring a friend or family member, just let us know!


This session of Women Caring for the Land is sponsored by American Farmland Trust in partnership with the Women, Food and Agriculture Network, and the Kosciusko Soil & Water Conservation District.  Funding comes from a Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Nina P. Mason Pulliam Charitable Foundation.


For more information call the office at 574-267-7445 ext 3.

Office hours are Mon-Fri 8am-4pm

Kosciusko County Soil & Water

Conservation District (SWCD) is a governmental subdivision of Indiana.  It is responsible for carrying out practices and programs that promote the conservation of our soil, water, and related natural resources within the county.  By working in partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) this purpose is carried out by providing technical assistance, cost-share opportunities, and educational programs.

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Upcoming Events 


All Board Meetings are open to the public



   Board Meeting:

         2nd@ 7:30pm

Women's Learning Circle       17th 9am-3pm



   Board Meeting

        7th@ 7:30pm



   Board Meeting

     4th@ 7:30pm







  Do to the nature of the work performed, there are times when no one will be in the office. Please call before making a special trip to the office. (574)267-7445 ext 3



Upcoming Workshops:

Women's Learning Circle: June 17, 2015

Invasive Species Workshop: October 17, 2015 




  The following services are available:

Soil Reports  

• Soil Survey Maps/ Web Soil Survey

• Conservation Materials Library

• Topographic Maps  

• Pond Management Information

Soil Erosion Control Practices

• Nutrient Management

• Conservation Planning

Terra Plane Rental

Tree Sales

Training – Project WILD, WET & Learning Tree

• Wetlands Information  

Conservation Camp

• Soil Stewardship Materials

• Chlorophyll Meter Available

                       Plant Books




Office Hours 

Monday – Friday      8:00 am – 4:00 pm

County Holidays -  office closed



For more information about any of these services,                           contact the SWCD office at:

217 E. Bell Dr. Warsaw, IN  46582   ~   574-267-7445 ext. 3

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574-267-7445 ex3