Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 9AM-5PM M-F

703-324-1460
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035

Laura Grape,
Executive Director

Conservation Currents Newsletter

For soil and water conservation events, information and updates, the Conservation Currents newsletter is sent out quarterly in print and via email. To subscribe, please contact us with your email or mailing address. You may also choose to receive (please specify when you contact us):

  • Watershed Calendar monthly emails, which include stream monitoring and other events;
  • Green Breakfast notifications, which include information about speaker events six times a year.

UPCOMING EVENTS


2018 Sustainable Garden Tour site at Booker Residence

May 11, 2018
Join us on Sunday June 10 from 1-5pm for NVSWCD's annual Sustainable Garden Tour! Get inspired to create a sustainable landscape at your home, school, or business! Local residents open their gardens and share their experiences landscaping with nature in mind. The 2018 Sustainable Garden Tour highlights gardens in the Falls Church-Fairfax area. Please enjoy each garden at your own pace. Visit as many or as few as you like. Free and open to all. Learn more about the garden tour and check out a preview of this year's sites by visiting the Sustainable Garden Tour page.

Redbud tree blossoms

March 23, 2018
We are sold out of all pre-order seedlings for the 2018 Seedling Sale! Thank you for your support of this year's native plant Seedling Sale.  The seedlings this year have been tremendously popular and we have completely sold out of the pre-order seedling packages--that's more than 600 seedling packages! Although we are not able to order more packages, we sometimes have extra individual seedlings for sale on the pickup days (April 20 and 21). If the seedlings you want are available, they will be sold for $2 a "stem" on a first-come, first-served basis. We sometimes have full packages available as well. If available, they will be sold for $17 (Shrub and Small Tree package) and $12 (Tree package), also on a first-come, first-served basis. We will accept cash or checks only on the day of the sale. The pick up begins at 9:00 am on Friday, April 20, at the Packard Center, 4022 Hummer Road, in Annandale. Arriving at or near starting time on Friday will give you the best selection. For those who have already placed orders, you may pick them up on Friday, April 20, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., or Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m.-noon, at the Packard Center, 4022 Hummer Road, in Annandale. There are still Plant Nova Natives guides and pre-made rain barrels for sale: Order Online Now! The Shrub and Small Tree Package includes two each of: Witchhazel False Indigobush Serviceberry Silky Dogwood Spicebush The Tree Package includes two each of: Redbud Pawpaw Shortleaf Pine or Loblolly Pine

Reforest Fairfax Gift Card

October 30, 2017
When you need to say thank you, consider a gift that will last a lifetime: the gift of trees. Through Reforest Fairfax, a partnership between the Fairfax County Restoration Project and Fairfax ReLeaf, five native trees will be planted for each gift you give, and a beautiful card and certificate will be sent to your recipient. By giving trees, you will be helping to ensure a beautiful and healthy place to live and work long into the future. Trees clean our air and water, protect our streams, prevent soil erosion, lower city temperatures, and boost property values. When you give the gift of trees, you're not just saying thank you; you're helping to plant our future. To learn more or to give a gift, visit Reforest Fairfax.

Current Issue

Community Conservation Success

Conservation Landscaping Project at Chesterfield MewsThe District's Conservation Assistance Program (CAP) provides technical expertise and funding for energy and watershed projects throughout the Northern Virginia region. Learn more about the program and what projects have taken place in Fairfax communities.

Seven Myths about Rain Gardens

Rain Garden during a stormA rain garden is a great way to handle runoff on your property, but it is important to do it right. Learn about some common rain garden myths and misconceptions.

Potomac Vegetable Farms, Conservation Heroes

woman on tractor by farm standFor more than 50 years, the Newcomb family and associates have owned and operated the Potomac Vegetable Farms in Vienna. They grow and sell a variety of fresh, delicious vegetables, cut flowers, eggs and chickens. PVF was also recognized as the 2016 Clean Water Farm, taking action to protect local soil and water resources.

More Featured Articles

Discover Early Spring Wildflowers

Mayapple emerges. Credit: Gary Putnam, Arlington Regional Master Naturalists Looking forward to spring? Ready to open the windows for some fresh air and take a walk or bike ride on your favorite local trail? While you’re out, take a look at the splashes of color by the trailside and see if you recognize any of the early wildflowers. These spring ephemerals only bloom for a short time every spring.

It's Spring: Hold on to Your Fertilizer

Woman mows grass Contrary to popular practice, spring is not the time to fertilize your lawn. If you fertilize in early spring, the blades will grow at the expense of the roots developing. Extra fertilizer will run off into streams and rivers, polluting fisheries and local drinking water sources.

Home Turf: Virginia Healthy Lawns

Home Turf volunteer measures distance Virginia Cooperative Extension's Home Turf program brings Master Gardener expertise to the grasses in lawns across Northern Virginia.

Chickens in Your Backyard

A rooster and hen. Interest in locally grown food is on the rise, from urban gardening to backyard chicken operations. Can Fairfax County residents keep chickens? How can owners care for chickens? What is the best way to manage chicken waste?
 

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