JUDA, Wis. — Don’t miss homemade ice cream, root beer floats, icy lemonade, and an opportunity to meet local producers and neighbors at the inaugural Watershed Field Day and Bus Tour Saturday, Aug. 2, in the Lower Sugar River Watershed. This free event is hosted by the Lower Sugar River Watershed Association in collaboration with the Juda FFA Club and Alumni.
Participants will board a bus at the Juda High School Upper Parking Lot at 9 a.m. and will return to the parking lot around 1 p.m. The guided tour will include lands in the western upland and bottomland portions of the watershed, including stops at three local farms, where landowners will talk about their conservation land management practices. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather conditions and to bring their own sack lunch, water bottle, and cup for the homemade lemonade and root beer floats that will be available at two of the tour stops.
As the bus travels the rural roads, participants will look back at the early days of farming and the legacy of watershed conservation efforts in Green County. Attendees will consider the changing economies and land-use practices since that time that have challenged our ability to maintain healthy soils and water quality.
At tour stops, participants will see differing approaches to crop production, conservation and management practices that promote healthy soils, clean water and wildlife. Attendees will find out how crop rotations, contour farming, and cover cropping maintain healthy soils for generations of productive crop yields, and learn about how healthy soils are essential to providing proper nutrition in the meals we prepare for our families.
Also included are degraded lands that have been restored to native prairie, savanna, and wetlands, where “crops” being produced include native plant seeds, soil microbes, wildlife and game, and important pollinators that support other crop production.
To sign up, e-mail or call Susan Lehnhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org, (608) 897-8641, ext. 20; or Ralph Johnson at email@example.com, (608) 934-5251, ext. 260. The Lower Sugar River Watershed Association (LSRWA) is a volunteer organization dedicated to the care and enjoyment of water resources. Learn more at http://www.lsrwa.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the July 30-Aug. 5, 2014, issue