Stories by Michelle Wood

Conservation makes a difference, for ourselves and the future

Thursday, July 3, 2014

We all know people (maybe you are one of them) who are dedicated to a cause, a community, a church, a charity, a job. They are the ones who step up and get the job done. Quite simply, dedicated people are the backbone of any organization. Not a startling revelation, but one that I have […]

Herbicides and cover crops must agree on each other

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Some ongoing tips for successful cover crops.

Be thankful for Ohio’s wildlife in 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks of course, but many hunters are especially thankful that it signals the start of deer gun season the following Monday. I think I see more pickup trucks parked along the road the first day of gun season than are on the road. And while hunting is now for […]

Planting cover crops can make life easier

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Farmers in Ohio must realize a number of facts. Among those are: • The weather is going to be different from one growing season to the next, but never ideal. • There will be a variety of crop pests and the pest remedy options will have drawbacks. • Soils will vary greatly, but soil organic […]

Cost-effective conservation practices

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cost-effective Conservation! Simple Practices that Make a Big Difference! Improve Your Farm in 5 Easy Steps! Did I grab your attention like those magazines in the check-out aisle? I usually read those eye-catching articles and realize I already knew most of the information, but need to put knowledge into action to see improvements. A lot […]

Digging to find real secrets of soil

Friday, December 21, 2012

I recently went to watch one of my best friends perform in the play The Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever at the Little Theater in Tuscarawas County. I remembered one of my grade school teachers reading that story to our class years ago and knew that I had really liked it, but hadn’t seen the […]

Protecting the soil from the air

Thursday, August 30, 2012

“Over 2300 acres of conservation on the ground in two days — this is definitely a worthwhile project!” That was the comment we heard at the Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District board meeting last night from staff member Joe Christner, who coordinated our aerial cover crops program for the fourth year. We are proud […]

Conservation efforts are working

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I’m not much of a “joiner,” but I do belong to a couple conservation-minded organizations. It has become obvious to me that one of these organizations recently sold my contact information to every other conservation organization in the United States, and possibly the world. I have been invited to save the rainforest, the whales, tigers, […]

Geotextile fabric great for heavy-use

Thursday, January 12, 2012

As beneficial as soil is, even we conservationists have a hard time extolling its virtues when spring rains turn farms to mud and the cows are standing in it up to their knees.

Calculating the value of conservation

Thursday, September 29, 2011

It’s no secret that every tax funded agency has been under scrutiny the past several years to justify its existence, and soil and water conservation districts are no different. While the value of conservation to society is long-established, putting an actual dollar value on clean water, clean air, open spaces and productive soils is elusive. […]

Soil erosion more noticeable this spring

Thursday, April 28, 2011

As I write this, it’s raining. Again. And the weather forecast shows little clouds with raindrops and lightning bolts almost every day this week. But you don’t need me to remind you that we had some wet and wild weather this past winter and spring. And a drive through the countryside shows the toll it’s […]

Holmes Co., Alpine Cheese water quality trading project proves successful

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Holmes Co., Alpine Cheese water quality trading project is successful The idea set forth to Holmes SWCD and others was relatively straightforward, yet innovative. The Alpine Cheese Company in Holmes County needed to expand its production to meet the market demands of Jarlsberg Cheese, of which they are the sole manufacturer in the U.S. In […]

Program helps plant cover crops

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Locally led conservation programs — they’re what Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors dedicate their time and talents to. SWCDs are governed by five publicly elected volunteer board members, or supervisors, as they are sometimes called. They set the direction for the district based on that county’s conservation needs. The Holmes SWCD aerial cover crop […]

Why not plant a seed for the future?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Yesterday, I had the good fortune to be working in our small woodland on an absolutely perfect spring day. If I would have sat still long enough, I’m convinced I could have watched the redbud at the edge of our yard flower. It had bare branches in the morning and by afternoon gorgeous purple blooms […]

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About Michelle

Michelle Wood is the program administrator for the Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District. She is a graduate of Mount Union College with a degree in communications, and has been involved in natural resources and agriculture throughout her career.