(831) 464-2950
Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Have You 'Herd'?

Angela Stuart
Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County
(831) 464-2950 ex.22
(831) 475-3215 fax

Workshop for Local Horse Owners Highlights Going Green!

The Resource Conservation District and Ecology Action announce the return of Livestock and Land, a program aimed at improving water quality through good land stewardship on livestock properties.  The program is made possible through a grant from the State Water Resources Control Board and funds education, technical assistance, and cost-share funding for land improvements on private property that help improve the environment.

An all-day workshop for horse owners titled Combat Mud, Conquer Manure, Go Green is being held Saturday, February 26th, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Aptos Academy on Bonita Drive in Aptos. The cost for the workshop is $10/family and includes lunch and all workshop materials.

Topics include:

  • Tips for managing mud and manure 
  • Horse health and the environment 
  • Greening your barn 
  • Local success stories 
  • Hands-on information on soils, weed and poisonous plant ID, rain water catchment, composting, and more...
  • Funding for projects!
  • Games, prizes, and cowboy poetry contest

Participants will also learn about available funding to make improvements on their properties and find out how to join the Livestock and Land Volunteer Program HOOFS (Hoof Owners Organized for Stewardship) which includes a private trail ride at the scenic CalPoly Swanton Pacific Ranch near Davenport. 

The featured speaker, Alayne Blickle, director of Horses for Clean Water, writes the weekly blog Smart Horse Keeping and contributes to Northwest Horse Source, Equus, and The Horse magazines. She is building an environmentally sensitive horse ranch in Idaho where she and her husband raise reining horses. She has experience with a variety of horse breeds and disciplines but currently, along with her horse, Bob, competes nationally in reining.

To register or for more information please contact Angie Stuart at  831.464.2950 ext 22 or or visit the Livestock and Land web site at www.livestockandland.org.

pdfSee the flyer for more information or to pass on to others who may be interested.

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