144 McDaniel Ave., Pickens, SC 29671 

E-mail: pickensswcd@gmail.com

Phone number - 864-878-6155

We are a working field office, so our in-office hours vary Monday-Thursday. When you plan to visit the office, please call 864-878-6155 to make sure someone will be available to welcome you or you can e-mail us to schedule an appointment.

We look forward to your visit!

The Pickens Soil and Water Conservation District is dedicated to natural resource conservation in Pickens County since 1937

Help us continue this mission by donating now

 

Completion of Twelve Mile Watershed Upgrades

Pickens Soil & Water Conservation District would like to first and foremost sincerely Thank Pickens County Council for their help with funding the cost of the needed repairs and upgrades on the seven Twelve Mile Watershed flood control dams. In addition, Pickens Soil & Water Conservation District would also like to Thank~ Pickens County Emergency Management, NRCS, SCDHEC and McCall Brothers Diving for their assistance and help on the completion of upgrades. The flooding disaster that hit our state in 2015 made us more aware of the need to keep all of the flood control dams in proper operating condition.
All of the new hardware installed in the watershed structures was inspected by USDA-NRCS and SC DHEC personnel. Dam safety is the art and science of ensuring the integrity and viability of dams such that they do not present unacceptable risk to the public, property and the environment. The Pickens Soil and Water Conservation District is dedicated to the safety of the residents in Pickens County!

THANK YOU:

Pickens County Council, Pickens County Emergency Management, NRCS, SCDHEC & McCall Brothers Diving

In observance of South Carolina Arbor Day on Friday December 6, 2019, the Pickens Soil & Water Conservation District along with Kings Sunset Nursery worked together in donating three Kousa Dogwood trees to the Youth Leadership Academy of South Carolina located in Pickens, SC. The students celebrated South Carolina Arbor Day by planting the trees on their school campus

Thank You Kings Sunset Nursery and Youth Leadership Academy of South Carolina

The 2020 Youth Conservation Poster Contest is open to all public, private and home-schooled students in grades K-12 in Pickens County!

The Pickens Soil & Water Conservation District invites students to combine artistic skills with scientific knowledge to illustrate the theme:

"Where would we BEE without pollinators?"

Entries are due by Thursday April 23, 2020 by 2:00 p.m.

Contact us today to schedule your classroom presentation! Phone: 864-878-6155 or Email: pickensswcd@gmail.com

Rain Barrel Sale in April

For a limited time, Anderson and Pickens Counties Stormwater Partners (APCSP) are selling 50-gallon Ivy rain barrels for only $68 each. The normal retail price is $129. Rain barrels must be pre-ordered online by Sunday, April 12th at https://www.rainwatersolutions.com/products/apcsp-ivy. Pick-up is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 6:00pm at the South Carolina Water Resources Center, 509 Westinghouse Rd., Pendleton, SC 29670.

                                 SOIL CONDITIONING – ESTABLISHING A SUCCESSFUL GARDENING FOUNDATION
The soil is often referred to as the “foundation of life”. The foundation must strong and healthy before great things can be developed. Most garden and landscape soils have poor soil texture and often lack organic matter, one of the most important additions any gardener can make.
The soil is a medium comprised of mineral elements, soil particles, water, and living organisms, all of which are important to the overall health of the soil. The three primary soil particles are sand, silt, and clay. The relative percentages of these components present make up the soil’s texture. Texture is important to overall soil and plant health as it relates to soil porosity space, the pore spaces where air and water reside. The ideal soil texture is balanced mix of sand, silt, and clay particles, also known as a loamy soil. In most cases the particles will not be balanced and the soil will need to be altered by adding amendments. To evaluate soil texture, use a simple jar test to determine the percentages of sand silt, and clay.
For more information on the soil jar test, check out this video at the Clemson Extension Virtual Raingarden https://www.clemson.edu/extension/raingarden/virtual_rain_garden.html.
For all your Home & Garden needs please visit: https://hgic.clemson.edu/

Learn about No-Till Drilling and how you can improve your soil, add organic matter, retain moisture and  have greater yields.  Learn More >

Soil is a living and life-giving natural resource.  As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is a paramount importance.  So much so that we believe improving the health of our Nation's soil is one of the most important conservation endeavors of our time.   NRCS

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The NRCS offers voluntary programs to eligible landowners and agricultural producers to provide financial and technical assistance to help manage natural resources in a sustainable manner.  Through these programs the agency approves contracts to provide financial assistance to help save energy, improve soil, water, plant, air, animal and related resources on agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest land.  Please visit their website, www.sc.nrcs.usda.gov, or call our office, 864-878-6155, for more information.


 

Funding Available For Cold Storage Cost Share Program

COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) and the South Carolina Specialty Crop Growers Association announce the Cold Storage Cost Share Program, funded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant.

Through this program, farmers are eligible for a reimbursement of up to $750 for installing a Cool-Bot cooler system for the holding of specialty crops. This system can be used on an affordable walk-in cooler powered in conjunction with a standard air conditioning unit. The Cool-Bot system uses multiple sensors, a heating element, and a programmed micro-controller to direct the air conditioner’s compressor to cool the room to 36°, without ever freezing up.

Eligible farmers must meet and agree to the following criteria:

  • Must be a South Carolina farmer AND must grow specialty crops.
  • Attend a food safety workshop hosted by SCDA or Clemson Extension. Proof of attendance must be provided in application for reimbursement.
  • Sign an affidavit with SCDA to ensure cold storage unit will be used solely for the handling, holding, and distribution of specialty crops.
  • Provide primary source documentation for all expenditures related to installation of the cold storage technology unit.
  • Enable an on-site audit by key SCDA personnel to authenticate cold storage technology is being used solely for specialty crops.
  • Provide data, information, statistics and/or testimonials after six and twelve months of installation of the cold storage unit to SCDA for tracking project success.

While there isn’t a due date to apply for reimbursement, funds are limited. For more information, contact SCDA’s Emily Joyce at 803-734-2224 or ejoyce@scda.sc.gov.

Pickens Soil & Water Conservation District

144 McDaniel Avenue Pickens, SC 29671

Phone: 864-878-6155

Email: pickensswcd@gmail.com