Underwood Conservation District was awarded a Washington State Soil Health Committee grant in 2016, for the purpose of quantifying the benefits of compost applications in vineyards and orchards. UCD also looked at the benefits of cover cropping and biological tillage in a degraded pasture setting. As part of this effort, UCD partnered with area vineyard and orchard managers to produce a short video to describe our work.
Conservation Districts have a long history of cooperating with landowners on soil health and conservation efforts. With that in mind, UCD has worked to expand our soil health program over the last year. We now offer soil testing and rental equipment, including soil sampling probes, a soil moisture meter and a manure/compost spreader. Additionally, UCD has a yearly small-scale cost share program that can be used to fund projects designed to address a natural resource issue or concern.
Please contact Carly Lemon, at 509-493-1936, or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss soil health and conservation cost share project ideas!