Contact: Michelle Jacobs, Community Relations Officer, 302-739-9921, or Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
‘Soil to Spoon’ stewardship materials
available now to educators and group leaders
DOVER (March 20, 2012) The Delaware Association of Conservation Districts (DACD) encourages you to think about your personal responsibility to be a good steward of Delaware’s natural resources during its annual Stewardship Week celebration. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has proclaimed April 29 to May 6, 2012 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week, marking the 57th year of the national event. The 2012 Stewardship Week is themed “Soil to Spoon.”
Age-appropriate activity books, posters, calendars, bookmarks, activity placemats and other items are available for a very small fee through NACD to promote the Stewardship Week theme. To learn more and preview the available materials, as well as download the free educators guide, you can visit www.nacdnet.org/stewardship/2012/index.phtml.
“Making the connection back to the soil, where our food gets its start is so important,” says National Association of Conservation Districts President Gene Schmidt. “The next time you sit down to a meal, take a minute to think about where your food came from, and the farmers and ranchers who helped produce it.” As they work to produce food for the growing population, today’s farmers and ranchers are dedicated to using responsible land-management practices to ensure a sustainable food supply and healthy land and soil for future generations.
During the month of April, DACD President Wendy O. Baker will lead a celebration in which the Governor will sign a proclamation declaring this important observance in Delaware. The celebration will also recognize the recipients of the annual Governor’s Conservation Awards.
The Delaware Association and its three districts are members of the NACD, which oversees the Stewardship Week program. Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation. NACD represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, which were established to encourage resource conservation across the country. Delaware’s conservation districts purchase Stewardship Week materials for distribution to local schools and church organizations as funding permits.
For more information about Stewardship Week materials available through your local Delaware conservation district, call 302-832-3100, ext. 3 in New Castle County, 302-741-2600, ext. 3 in Kent County, or 302-856-3990 ext. 3 in Sussex County. For additional information about the National Association of Conservation Districts, please visit www.nacdnet.org. Vol. 42, No. 92