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Programs and Services

Conservation Field Days

An agricultural literacy event hosted by local farmers for local 5th & 6th grade students

Our Annual Conservation Field Day on Orleans County farms proves to be a great highlight for students and teachers alike. Students in 4th through 6th grade from Orleans County experience first-hand what life is like on a dairy farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Stations, manned by professionals and experts in their respective fields, are situated throughout the barns and pastures of the farm and challenge students to think about natural resource concerns and local agriculture in their regional environment.

Generally the theme and focus of the field day is on agricultural literacy. Despite their residency in Northern Vermont, many students have never set foot on a farm before. This event provides stations for students to explore topics such as dairy farming with barn and pasture tours, animal husbandry, food security, experiential agricultural erosion and soil conservation including the use of a rain simulator, nutrition and ruminant anatomy from a local veterinarian. Not only does this allow students to reconnect with the agricultural heritage of their local community, it provides an exceptional opportunity to increase awareness of their connection to the environment.

AerWay

$6/acre fee and assistance with accessing grant funds for 20ft aerator tiller to increase manure and water infiltration.

Portable skidder bridge

$100/month fee to protect stream banks at logging equipment crossings.

Native Conservation Tree and Shrub Sale

Check out our variety of bareroot stock! Bat nursery houses are also available for order. Order by March 31st, supplies are limited!

Pick up your order on the first Saturday in May in USDA office parking lot. We’re located next to the Great Outdoors in the Waterfront Plaza, Newport VT.

Professional Services

  • Water Quality Sampling
  • Assistance with Organic Farm Certification
  • Assistance with VTAAFM medium and large farm general permits
  • Farm employee water quality trainings
  • Nutrient Management Plan Updates
  • Soil and manure sampling and pre-side dress soil nitrate test sampling
  • Map making
  • Landscaping for wildlife consultations
  • Grant writing and administrative support for land owners and municipalities
  • Invasive species education and eradication assistance
  • Click here for complete Agricultural services & pricing

Trees for Streams

This program focuses on improving water quality by helping landowners with riverside property establish riparian buffers.

What are Riparian Buffers?
Riparian buffers are vegetated areas adjacent to rivers and streams that integral to healthy river ecosystems.

We provide grants funding and technical assistance for landowners who want to stabilize river banks, filter nutrients from runoff and increase the connectivity of wildlife habitat with riparian buffers. This includes site assessment, project planning and planting trees to establish the buffer. Contact the District if you are interested in riparian buffers on your property!

Green Lawn Care

American lawns now cover more than three times the area of any irrigated crop in the US, making it an important for landowners to manage their turf wisely to protect water quality. For more information on what you can do to better manage your lawn, check out this Best Management Practices Factsheet for lawns, created by Winooski NRCD.

Lake Shore Buffering

Similar to Trees for Streams, Lake Shore Buffering addresses natural resource concerns such as erosion, runoff, and habitat fragmentation. If you own lake or pond front property contact us today to learn more about how we can work with you through this program.

Municipal Road Erosion Inventories

This program focuses on supporting towns efforts to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff from roads. We work with VTrans, VTDEC and town officials to inventory roads and associated structures. This includes field assessments using Road Erosion Risk Analysis mapping data, town priorities and problem areas. We produce a final report listing 8-10 priority project plans, projected budgets, and potential funding sources. Then we work with the town to implementing road improvement projects.

Assistance for Farmers

We work with the farmers to control soil erosion and protect water quality, identify opportunities for conservation around the farm, and help interpret the state’s Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) and farm certification.

Are you interested in creating your own Nutrient Management Plan (NMP)? 
We have grant funding to assist with NMP development and UVM class registration fees.

  • Land Treatment Planning Farm assessments to identify vulnerable areas on your farm and fields.
  • Soil and manure sampling
  • Support in UVM class and assistance inputting data into GoCrop Software
  • 2 years of follow-up to help with adoption of your NMP.

Benefits of a having a NMP:

  • Save money -reduce fertilizer costs & increase productivity
  • Gain a better understanding of the local ecosystems
  • Helps your farm comply with the Vermont’s RAPs
  • Creates a more positive public image for your farm by showing your efforts to improve water quality

Farm Water Protection Infrastructure Program 

We offer assistance and grant funding to install best management practices (BMPs) through site assessment, prioritization, facilitating access to funding, project management and technical assistance for projects such as:

  • Stormwater diversions
  • Waste storage improvements
  • Heavy use areas, walkways and barnyards
  • Lined waterways, grade stabilization, grass waterways
  • Fencing along waterways and more!

Contact the District if you are interested!

 

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