The Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District (DSWCD) is proud to unveil two innovative initiatives aimed at fostering community collaboration and sustainable resource management. The newly launched Pasture Exchange Program and Manure Exchange Program are set to revolutionize the way local farmers and landowners interact, emphasizing mutual benefit and responsible land use.
The Pasture Exchange Program
The Pasture Exchange Program is here to create meaningful connections between those who have land and those who need it. For farmers, this presents an opportunity to earn additional income while leasing their land to those seeking a space to cultivate. On the flip side, renters can embark on their agricultural ventures without the weighty commitment of land ownership. It's a win-win situation that brings together individuals with a shared passion for nurturing the land.
The Pasture Exchange Program stands ready as a valuable resource in times of crisis. Natural disasters, such as wildfires and droughts, can strike unexpectedly, leaving livestock and farms vulnerable. This program is designed to serve as an emergency preparedness measure, connecting individuals in need with available resources. By tapping into a network of contacts within the community, livestock can be relocated swiftly and securely, safeguarding their well-being in the face of adversity.
The Manure Exchange Program
Waste not, want not. The Manure Exchange Program is geared towards addressing the age-old challenge of excess manure on farms and ranches. Instead of discarding this valuable resource, the program acts as a conduit, reallocating excess manure to gardens and lands in need of soil enrichment. The benefits are many: manure is rich in nitrogen, a key component of commercial fertilizers, making it a potent natural alternative. Additonally, it serves as a potent activator for compost, contributing to the creation of nutrient-rich soil amendments.
This program boasts a network of providers spread across Deschutes County. For those in need of manure or wanting to contribute to this sustainable cycle, direct connections can be established through the DSWCD website. An additional avenue for engagement can be found within the Manure Exchange Program Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/202051871991259.
Unlocking Potential Through Collaboration
With the Pasture Exchange Program and Manure Exchange Program, the Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District is paving the way for a more interconnected and ecologically conscious community. These initiatives transcend mere transactional exchanges; they embody the spirit of cooperation, resilience, and responsible stewardship. Through these programs, individuals are not just conserving resources; they are cultivating relationships that empower and enrich the fabric of our local landscape.