In the 1930s, during the pit of the great depression, an ecologically disastrous event occurred in the heartland of America. Soil from barren, dry fields began blowing away and created what we now call the Dust Bowl. In the wake of this disaster, soil and water conservation districts were formed as a way to encourage and educate farmers regarding conservation practices. Since the majority of open land in the United States is private and farmed, support for these districts was not mandated by a government body, but instead was completely voluntary on the part of farmers.
Today the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District is continuing this legacy of work by providing education and technical expertise to farmers in their service area regarding conservation practices. And as it has always been, the voluntary support of farmers continues to be a mainstay of the district. In fact, cultivating and nurturing this relationship between the board and the farmers is an incredibly important part of a board member’s job.
As a traditional farmer in Rappahannock County, I believe that I have the credentials, the relationships, and the ability to reach out to farmers and encourage their support of the board. I further believe that a farming background is an essential criterion when picking board members. Next Tuesday, I hope that you will consider this as you cast your vote for the Soil and Water director here in Rappahanncok County.