By Diana Blackwood
The week of April 30 to May 7, 2017 marked NACD’s 62nd annual Stewardship Week. Thousands of dedicated conservationists celebrated the 2017 Stewardship Week theme “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!” by holding or participating in field days, soil health workshops, and other conservation outreach events throughout the country, helping to raise awareness about soils – the foundation of our food and healthy ecosystems.
In Washington, D.C., NACD celebrated Stewardship Week at the USDA People’s Garden, located on the National Mall. Attendees perused NACD’s 2017 stewardship materials and even had the chance to test their knowledge of soil health by participating in a quiz bowl competition. The quiz participants all received zinnia planter kits, complete with NACD’s logo, and customized wristbands, courtesy of Rapid Wristbands, with this year’s theme. Sammy Soil, NRCS’ mascot, also stopped by NACD’s tent to socialize with USDA Farmers Market goers.
In Arkansas, Boone County Conservation District distributed pine tree seedlings and sunflower seeds to second and third graders in every school in the county.
In Ohio, Noble Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) recorded public service announcements for Stewardship Week and played them on local radio stations.
In Texas, the Atascosa County SWCD organized an educational luncheon for local ministers. They distributed soil stewardship materials for the county congregations and their county judge signed a soil stewardship proclamation.
NACD started Stewardship Week in 1955 to promote the conservation of natural resources for future generations. Stewardship Week has grown to be one of the world’s largest conservation-related observances and represents a reminder of the power each person has to improve the natural resources.