Think Spring! Order Tree & Shrub Seedlings Now!
The Berrien Conservation District is offering a variety of evergreens, deciduous trees and shrubs for purchase. There are also fruit trees and berries available. All orders are due by April 12th. Pick up of all orders are April 26 from 3pm in the afternoon to 8pm in the evening, and on April 27 from 9am until noon. No early pickups. Location is the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds, 9122 Old US 31, Berrien Springs, MI 49103.
Most seedlings are an average of 18 inches tall and are bundled in quantities from 5 to 100. Fruit trees are sold individually. All sales are final.
Attention: We can no longer accept RSVP's for this event as the venue has reached maximum capacity.
Author who walked 1000 miles around Lake Michigan to present at Berrien Conservation District Annual Meeting!
Author, adventurer, and Great Lakes expert, Loreen Niewenhuis, will be the guest speaker at the Berrien Conservation District’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 21st, 2019, at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, 1737 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022.
In her presentation, Niewenhuis will take you along the shores of the lake with photos and video from her journey showing the geology, natural history, and biology of the lake and also what threatens this massive ecosystem: invasive species, pollution, and destruction of wetlands.
The evening program will include dinner, updates by the Berrien Conservation District, election of directors, awards for Conservation Farmer of the Year and MAEAP Environmental Stewardship, and a silent auction with items donated from local businesses and partners.
Doors will open at 5:30 pm with dinner to start at 6:00 pm.
The cost is $10 per person. Payment can be made at the door, but reservations are required; call 269-471-9111 x3 or email Nancy.Carpenter@macd.org by Friday, February 15th. Attention: we are no longer taking RSVPs as the venue is full.
Sponsors for this event include Wolverine Pipeline Company, Greenstone Farm Credit Services, and Upcycle Products.
Here is a list of silent auction items and who donated them. Please check back! The list is growing!
Loreen Niewenhuis, Award Winning Author: A set of three books: A 1000 Mile Walk on the Beach, A 1000 Mile Great Lakes Walk, & A 1000 Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure
Jack Knorek: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development: A Framed Print
Four Winds Casino: $250 Gift Certificate for food or purchases.
Pokagon Band Department of Natural Resources: Traditional Hand Woven Basket
Chikaming Open Lands: Executive Director Ryan Postema will lead a guided tour of one of their newest preserves for up to 10 people.
Upcycle Company, Inc: Rain Barrel and Pedestal
Sew Many Pleasures: Gift Basket
Whirlpool: To be announced
National Grape Coopertive/Terry Holloway: Gift Basket
Berrien Conservation District: Vintage Camera (2)
Alan Martin: A row boat ride for two on Madron Lake, Buchanan
Ausra Equipment & Supply Company, Inc.: 12 Volt Portable Battery Charger, Serving Tray, Plant Holder.
Victoria Toney: Two Handmade Bee Boxes built from a 10 frame kit
A.M. Leonard Horticultural Tool & Supply Co: Gift Basket
Suzanne Forraht : A 31"x 39" Framed Print. Rural Scene.
Clear Water Meats: Sausage Package
GreenMark Equipment: Tractor Kit and Hat
Sponsors for the event include Wolverine Pipeline Company, Upcycle Products, Inc., and Greenstone Farm Credit Services
Contact us at:
3334 Edgewood Road, Berrien Springs, Michigan 49103
269-471-9111 ext. 3
We are housed in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Office in the USDA Service Center Building. Our Office hours are from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Due to the nature of our business, personnel may not be available during normal business hours as farm visits, workshops, training, or other may take us out of the office. To ensure service please call ahead.
Local farmers finding ways to make crops and environment 'greener' by adding Water Control Structures to their drain tile.
The Berrien Conservation District was very excited to invite WSBT's Danielle Kennedy out to interview Patrick Freehling of Baroda on Water Control Structures and their benefits to crop production and water quality! Click on the link to view the interview: (click on the white circle in the center of the corn to start the video after clicking the link)
The Berrien Conservation District's mission is to promote the protection and improvement of Berrien County's natural resources through partnerships, education, reforestation, ground and surface water protection, and soil erosion control measures.