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Soil and Water Conservation

The Davidson County Soil Conservation District was established in 1946 as a subdivision of the state government. The mission of the Davidson County Soil Conservation District is to provide conservation planning, education, information and technical assistance to landowners, groups and units of government so they can enhance and benefit from the proper management of our natural resources.

The Davidson County Soil Conservation District is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors.

Photo of Feller Brown, Karen Guy, Carol Edwards, Jerry Graves, Will Lewis, John Leeman, and Carolyn Dillard

Farm Field Days

Field Days are a mainstay of Practical Farmers, bringing farmers, agencies, students and the public together to learn, share knowledge and build community connections in support of a thriving agricultural system, and the intersection of local foods.

Bells Bend operators awarded "Conservation Farm of the Year" Bells Bend Farm Hoop House

On May 22 the Davidson County Soil Conservation District (DCSCD) hosted a Field Day highlighting the Bells Bend Farms. The Field Day began on the George West Farm, 118 acre farm protected through the Land Trust for TN. They are raising American Milking Devons which will be used for both beef and dairy production. Bells Bend Farms partnered with both the DCSCD and NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service), to utilize cost share programs to install conservation practices such as fence to exclude the livestock from streams and sensitive areas, cross fence for intensive grazing system, pipeline, watering facilities and a pumping plant for a well. Loran Shallenberger, co-manages the farming operation with Eric Wooldridge. Loran discussed the cattle operation in detail, demonstrating how the cattle are moved and discussing their plans for the future. (NRCS) Grazing Land Specialist, Greg Brann discussed management techniques for weed and pest control improving the health of the cattle and how this can be achieved by management. DCSCD board member, Jerry Graves provided transportation in the way of a hay ride so that everyone could see the rotation as Loran demonstrated how he moved the livestock. The group then moved to the Tom John farm, the hub of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for the operation. At this stop, Eric Wooldridge discussed the CSA, the seasonal high tunnel, roof runoff capture for irrigation and the solar panel installation. Informational presentations included: UT/TSU Ag Extension, David Cook on pesticide and herbicide solutions; TN Dept. of Agriculture, Mark Powell on TDA programs; Gary Moore, the Land Trust for TN; Carolyn Dillard, NRCS conservation programs. John Leeman, Davidson SCD chairman awarded Bells Bend Farm with “Conservation Farmer of the Year” for outstanding conservation work. Over 50 attended the educational Field Day.

The Bells Bend Neighborhood Farms are four farms in the community of Scottsboro/Bells Bend in Northwest Davidson County, TN. The farms are only 15 minutes from downtown Nashville. With several thousand acres of rich, fertile soil, the Scottsboro/Bells Bend area could potentially provide Nashville with a large percentage of its food, grown locally and sustainably. The farm is showing that sustainable agriculture creates jobs, improves the land, builds community, and preserves prime farmland.

Vision

The challenges of the future can seem great. Did you know that in the next 40 years, the number of people in our country is expected to double?

  • We'll need more food.
  • We'll need more clean water.
  • We will need more wood from our forests.
  • We'll need to build housing for many millions more people.
  • All those people will want land for outdoor recreation.
  • We'll need transportation for all those people.

The challenges of the future can seem overwhelming, until you consider the successes of this century. Since 1900, the number of people in our country has almost tripled, and yet...

  • On the average, people are living longer with better health.
  • Our air and water are cleaner.
  • Even though about the same amount of land is used for farming, world food production has increased four-fold.

Our present success is largely due to our system of conservation districts. These local, self-governing groups have helped people learn to conserve natural resources. Conservation districts have helped meet the challenges of the past, and they will help us make a brighter future.

Conservation districts depend on local members from all walks of life. People study natural resources and make decisions about their use in their own community.

Meetings

Meetings occur on 4th Wednesday of each month at 9:00am. Please check with our office in case there is a change in time or date.

All programs and services  are offered and are available on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, marital status or disabilities


Department Locations

  • Office
    1417 Murfreesboro Pike
    P.O. Box 196300
    Nashville, TN 37219
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Davidson Soil Conservation District’s Carol Edwards named the 2014 National Conservation Professional of the year

Carol Edwards is the only person from TN to ever receive the award. She secures grants, organizes field days, and works with local producers and landowners. Plans and host state, regional and national meetings. Serves on numerous boards and committees to promote conservation and is active in the community and church. Mayor Karl Dean presented Carol an award from Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County at the TN Association of Conservation District Convention.

Carol Edwards receiving 2014 award

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