Duval Teachers Receive Grant Awards
Two local school will receive Blue School Grant funding from the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) for hands-on projects to enhance student development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related topics and increase understanding of Florida’s water resources.
The Blue School Grant Program offers a total of $20,000 in financial support to teachers working to promote water resource protection through hands-on learning opportunities. The Blue School Grant Program has funded 61 projects since its beginning five years ago. A total of $87,500 has been awarded to 49 schools throughout the District.
Grants of up to $2,000 per teacher are awarded for a range of 6–12th grade educational programs to enhance student knowledge of Florida’s water resources. Projects may include water conservation garden projects, water conservation classroom/community awareness projects and freshwater resources educational programs.
Congratulations to the two Duval County schools receiving 2020–21 Blue School Grant funds:
• A. Philip Randolph, for a water-conserving landscape project
• Oak Hill Academy, for a water resources school awareness project.
For information about Blue School Grants, visit the SJRWMD website.
Watch the 2020 Candidate Forum!
On Wednesday, October 14th, the candidates for the Duval Soil & Water Conservation District participated in a virtual candidate forum. Learn about the position and the candidates running!
You can read candidate statements HERE and watch the forum HERE.
John R. Barnes
John J. Nooney
Arthur R. Bides*
*Candidates who have confirmed participation in the Duval Soil & Water Conservation District 2020 Virtual Candidate Forum
2020 NACD Photo Contest
Calling all shutterbugs! The Duval Soil & Water Conservation District is excited to participate in the 2020 National Association of Conservation Districts Photo Contest. Our local contest is open to all Duval County residents. Winners are eligible for a cash prize and will go on to the national contest in December. Winners from the National competition will be announced in February. Contestants may enter as many as five photos each year that each fit into one of the following four categories: Conservation Practices, Close-up Conservation, Conservation in Action, Agriculture and Conservation Across America. The deadline to enter our local competition is December 1st, 2020.
To enter please fill out the two forms below. You can submit your photo submission in two ways. 1. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the required forms. 2. Print your photo and two forms and submit it to our office location at 260 US-301 Baldwin, FL 32234.
Photo Contest Categories
Photo Contest Entry & Release Forms
Photos must be in a JPEG or TIFF file format. If you are submitting a photo in which a subject or model’s face is recognizable, you must also complete and attach this subject and model release with your photos.
Minor digital enhancements for cropping, red-eye removal, filters and corrective functions are permitted; however, an image judged to be significantly altered may be disqualified. Contestants are not permitted to place borders, frames or backgrounds around their images or to place watermarks, dates, signatures or copyright images onto photos. Previously published photos are not eligible for the contest.
We look forward to seeing all of your great submissions!
Questions? Please feel free to email email@example.com with any questions you may have about the competition!
First Coast Start Farming
Join us for our 4th Annual Start Farming event! Talk with your First Coast farmers, ask questions, buy local goods and find money to start farming today!
Caria Hawkins, Abundant Harvests Farm
Punita Patel, Backyard Buffalo
Jessi Fiske, Juicy Roots Farm & Homestead
Amie Keslar, Front Porch Pickings
Find Money for Farming - Paul Gleason, NRCS & Stacey Simmons, FL Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Sustainability - Ashantae Green, USGBC North Florida
Composting 101 - Tiffany Bess, Apple Rabbit Compost
Urban Permaculture - Joshua Rosenberg, NativeJax
Equity in Farming - Mallory Schott, White Harvest Farms & Farmers Market
Building Healthy Communities - Veronica Pasciuto, Celestial Farms
Value-Added Agriculture - Brentley Stead, Bee Friends Farm & Natasha Parks, UF/IFAS Extension Duval County
Duval Soil and Water Conservation District
Clay County FL Soil and Water Conservation District
This workshop is offered as a free service to our citizens and our agricultural community on the First Coast. There is no charge for eco-vendors and agriculture-related organizations to participate in the Virtual Market. Contact us to learn more and reserve your space.
Check out the 2020 Start Farming Virtual Market and watch the recording of the Start Farming virtual event!
For our October Volunteer of the Month, we would like to recognize Ashantae Green for her service to the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District! Ashantae has assisted with planning for all of this year's educational programs including our Joe B. Forshee, Jr. Speech and Poster Contest and the Fred B. Miller, Jr. Regional Envirothon. Her current efforts include serving on the planning committee for our 4th annual Start Farming Panel Discussion and Virtual Market. In addition, Ashantae provides the District subject matter expertise on sustainability and environmental equity issues.
More about Ashantae: