Berkshire Conservation District
Serving the Berkshires since 1946
SAVE THE DATE!
The Berkshire Conservation District Annual Meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, November 3 at 5:00pm. We have an exciting guest speaker – Kim Skyrm, who is the Massachusetts State Apiarist and Apiary Program Coordinator. Kim will give a brief presentation on the importance of pollinators, their health, thoughts on their decline, how we as the public can assist pollinators (both locally and regionally) and some “fun facts” about honeybees.
We welcome the community to join us and be a part of our outreach efforts. Pre-registration is required. Email us for the link.
Now Available for 2021
No Till-Seeder for Rent to Berkshire County Farmers
BCD IS HIRING! We have just opened our search for a qualified Plant Sale Coordinator to organize and run a native and pollinator-focused plant sale in 2022. Read the job description HERE. We look forward to having the ideal candidate join our team!
Conservation Districts were formed to “save the soil” following the great Dust Bowl of the 1930’s.
Terrible dust storms caused by severe drought coupled with poor agricultural practices resulted in major ecological and agricultural damage to the American Midwest.
The roles of conservation districts have evolved over the years to adapt to local conditions and concerns. Berkshire Conservation District works closely with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) to provide advice and support to landowners, farmers and communities in Berkshire County on the best use of their natural resources and assist with implementation of land conservation practices such as:
- Improve soil structure and productivity
- Protect water and air quality
- Preserve wildlife habitat
- Provide education and outreach on sustainable land use
- Promote conservation, environmental stewardship and sound use of local resources