At its Annual Meeting on September 12, Clermont SWCD named Louise Gartner its 2019 Cooperator of the Year. In two short years, Louise has gone from a small vegetable garden to raising organic crops under four high tunnels. Not only did she dive right into farming on her five-acre plot of land, just north of the Ohio River in Clermont County, she has done it successfully while having a full-time job. And like the myriad of her vegetables, her operation is still growing as well. She plans to construct two more large high tunnels in the near future to further expand her beets, broccoli, carrots, lettuce, peppers, potatoes, and zucchini production.
Louise has worked with NRCS to implement other sustainability practices such as cover crops, integrated pest management, nutrient management, and a drainage system around the high tunnels to further improve her operation. She now has a very productive operation, selling to a local food Co-op based out of Cincinnati, as well as an upper-end grocery store chain.
Louise also devotes her time to educating and training others. She has hosted various educational tours for groups such as: National Farm to Table Conference and the Turner Farm who has a Veteran to Farmer Training Program.
The Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District commends Louise for her stewardship efforts, growing food for her local community while protecting the land and valuable natural resources of the county.
Thanks to all our Cooperators for all the Conservation Best Management Practices Installed this Year
|Roy Barger Jr.||Brush Management|
|Bob Bolce||Brush Management|
|Cornwell Family Partnership||Cover Crops|
|Robert Fee||Cover Crops|
|Scott Forman||Cover Crops|
|James Fulton||Cover Crops|
|Louise Gartner||Cover Crop, Nutrient Mgt., Roof Runoff Structure (2), Subsurface Drain (2)|
|Charles Grant||Nutrient Management|
|Jason Grant||Nutrient Management (2)|
|James Grosnickle||Cover Crops|
|Harold Herron||Cover Crops|
|Ted Hollaender||Nutrient Mgt. (5), Cover Crops (2), Residue and Tillage Management|
|John Hutchinson||Nutrient Management, Cover Crops|
|Tim Jarman||Nutrient Management Plan|
|Lori Lenhart||Cover Crops|
|Michelle McClain||Brush Management|
|James Metzger||Brush Management (2)|
|Jeremy Mount||Brush Management|
|Andrew Mueller||Tree/Shrub Site Prep, Wildlife Structures|
|Jeremy Myers||Nutrient Mgt., Residue and Tillage Mgt.|
|Anthony Panetta||Cover Crops|
|Richard Rosselot||Cover Crops (2), Nutrient Management (2)|
|Paul Schmidt||Cover Crops|
|Wesley Scott||Cover Crops|
|Donald Smith||Brush Management (2)|
|James Stahl||Nutrient Management (2), Cover Crops|
|John Stahl||Nutrient Management (2)|
|Galye Taylor||Cover Crops|
|Jason Tolliver||Cover Crops, Brush Management|
|Varick Family Trust||Brush Management (3)|
|Laura Weber||Herbaceous Weed Control, Brush Management|
|David Werring||Nutrient Management (3), Cover Crops (4)|
|Tim Werring||Nutrient Management|
|Tony Werring||Nutrient Management|
|Wiederhold Farms||Nutrient Management (2), Cover Crops (2)|
|Wolfer Farms||Cover Crops (2)|
|Timothy Zurmehly||Cover Crops (2)|
*(2)- Number of practices completed
Ted Hollaender was honored as Clermont SWCD’s Cooperator of the Year at its 75th anniversary annual meeting on September 13. Ted farms about 700 acres of corn and soybeans in northern Clermont County, and is constantly exploring different ways to improve his operations, especially for conservation. He has participated in the USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program to make improvements on his land using management practices such as no till, nutrient management, conservation crop rotation, cover crops, and he has plans for pollinator plantings. Ted is also enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program, which serves to reward producers for being good stewards of the land, while making further improvements.
When applying fertilizer, he follows the 4-R strategy (Right source, Right rate, Right time, and Right place) of nutrient management, and includes the use of variable rate applications recommended in the Tri-State Fertility Guide.
Ted has also been willing to help the District with different projects, including researching the benefits of using the Haney soil test, and allowing us to collect soil samples to help better calibrate the East Fork Soil and Water Assessment Tool model.
Ted plants about 450 acres of cover crops each year – about 2/3 of his fields. He has experimented with several different types of cover crop mixes to build soil health and increase infiltration at a faster pace than would occur with a single species.
Thanks to all our Cooperators for all the Conservation Best Management Practices installed in 2018
Roy Barger Jr Brush management (2)
Robert Bolce Brush management (2)
Boy Scouts of America Brush management (3)
Chatham Farms Prescribed grazing
Cincinnati Nature Center Conservation cover
Cornwell Farms Grassed Waterway
Emily Clark Pipeline (2), HUA, watering facility (2)
E Wiederhold Farms LLC Cover crop, nutrient management
William Eckert Grassed Waterway
Charles Ernstes Tree/shrub establishment, brush management (2)
Robert Fee Nutrient management
Lousie Gartner Cover crop, IPM, high tunnel (2), nutrient management
Ted Hollender Nutrient management, cover crop, no-till
Mark Jones Weed control, conservation cover
League for Animal Welfare Brush management
Lee J Farms Cover crop
Lori Lenhart High tunnel, Subsurface drain, roof runoff structure, underground outlet
James Liming Cover crop, nutrient management
Mark Liming Cover crop, nutrient management
James Metzger Brush management (3)
Jeremy Mount Brush management (5), Tree establishment, forest stand improvement
Jeremy Myers Nutrient management, cover crop, tillage management
Anthony Panetta Nutrient management
David & Joseph Pelosi Grassed waterway
Tyler Peron Critical area planting, roof and cover, HUA
Martha Rose Nutrient management
Richard Rosselot Cover crop, nutrient management
Donald Smith Brush management (2)
Charles Stahl Cover crop
James Stahl Nutrient management
John Stahl Cover crop
Jason Tolliver Forest stand improvement, brush management, tree/ shrub site prep
Varick Family Trust Brush management (4)
Laura Weber Tree/shrub establishment, brush management (2), weed control
Daniel Weber Tree/shrub establishment, tree/shrub site prep.
David Werring Nutrient management, cover crop
Tim Werring Nutrient management
Tony Werring Nutrient management
Wolfer Farms Cover crop
Wolfer Farms is located in Jackson Township and is operated by Eric and Tony Wolfer. Multiple conservation practices have been installed on land they farm, including cover crops, conservation crop rotation, nutrient management and others. Wolfer Farms received one of the first cover crop EQIP contracts in Clermont County in 2010.
Eric and Tony have lent their cover crop expertise to the district on several occasions. They offered up their farm to Miami University students to learn farming practices, while completing a project for Clermont Soil & Water. Their input was included in the “Cover Crops for Southwest Ohio” booklet that was published by the district and the newest edition has just been released in November. Eric also allowed Soil and Water to feature him in our “Cover Crop Farmers of Southwest Ohio” booklet, where he shared some of his successes and gave tips for farmers just starting out with cover crops.
More recently, Tony and Eric have allowed the district use of their farm on McCafferty Road to study the effectiveness of cover crops in reducing nutrient and sediment runoff. This is no small commitment. They have allowed us and the Office of Environmental Quality to install two very large monitoring flumes and associated monitoring equipment in two side by side ditches for a period of five years. Wolfer Farms has agreed to plant winter cover crops in one of the fields while leaving the other unplanted after crops are removed, allowing us to study the differences in runoff. Not only have they lent their land for this, they have helped with both the installation and repairs, which, after the heavy storms we’ve received, have been significant.