CONSERVATION DISTRICT PROMOTING SOIL & WATER STEWARDSHIP WEEK For Release: May 1, 2012 Contact: Elizabeth Menhart, Communications Director/Tourism (724-852-5210)
WAYNESBURG, PA The Greene County Conservation District is celebrating Soil and Water Stewardship Week April 29-May 6. The week marks the National Association of Conservation Districts’ 57th year of celebrating a Stewardship Week. This year’s theme is "Soil to Spoon," which emphasizes that soil is the foundation of all food.
The Greene County Conservation District is also celebrating its 56th anniversary this year. The District was formed with the mission of committing to protection, stewardship and conservation of Greene County’s natural resources to ensure a wise balance between the protection of the environment and the benefit of county landowners.
The Conservation District will soon kick off its campaign to educate local citizens about programs offered by the District that encourage clean water and fertile soil, both of which provide daily sustenance. Effective conservation practices have helped provide a rich standard of living, and healthy soil and clean water ensure agricultural security. Stewardship calls for each person to help conserve these precious resources.
"Making the connection back to the soil, where our food gets its start, is so important," said Gene Schmidt, president of the National Association of Conservation Districts. “The next time you sit down to a meal, take a minute to think about where your food came from, and about the farmers and ranchers who helped produce it."
As they work to produce food for the growing population, today’s farmers and ranchers are dedicated to using responsible land-management practices to ensure a sustainable food supply and healthy land and soil for future generations.
The Greene County Conservation District is a member of the NACD, which oversees the Stewardship Week program. Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation. NACD represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, which were established to encourage resource conservation across the country.