On November 8, the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a public workshop in partnership with Duval IFAS to showcase local farmers and the work they do. The workshop gave the public the opportunity to ask questions about their work, life, and obstacles. The Start Farming: Panel and Farmers Market was a first of it's kind for us, but a great way to network with current and future farmers in Duval County.
Thank you to our panelists!
We'd also like to give a special thank you to the vendors that helped provide insight on several other local initiatives.
The program focuses on five areas of study: AQUATICS, FORESTRY, SOILS, WILDLIFE, and CURRENT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. This year the current environmental issue will focus on Florida Rangeland Management. Winners of the regional competition are sent to the Florida Envirothon. The winning team from the state competition will represent Florida at the National Conservation Foundation Envirothon, at Idaho State University, in Pocatello, Idaho, July 22-26, 2018.
REGISTRATION FOR 2018 IS NOW OPEN!
The Florida Envirothon Committee has developed a Resource Study Guide that is online and readily available to all students and teachers who may be interested in participating in the subject event. Please visit the following websites for additional resource study information, for the 2018 The Fred B. Miller, Jr. Regional Envirothon and the State of Florida Envirothon: www.flenvirothon.com and other materials are available at www.envirothon.org.
“For kids interested in the environment, this competition is often the only chance for a comprehensive study of our land, water, wildlife, and current issues while in high school. Plus, kids are competing for a trophy, and they get to learn outside. Those reasons alone should be enough for every school in Duval County to send a team to the Envirothon”, says Shannon Blankinship, Chairperson for the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District.
See pictures and find resources on the Duval County Envirothon Facebook page, or the Facebook event.
With questions about participating, or to register today, Joyce Miller (410) 688-2365 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author, Shannon Blankinship
Chairman, Duval Soil and Water Conservation District