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Windy Knoll Farm
A partnership with Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District for environmental science and natural resources conservation education

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Windy Knoll Farm, owned and operated by Helen and Don Taylor, is a 95 acre working cattle and sheep farm in Nokesville. The Taylor's have been a cooperator/client of the District for years for ongoing nutrient management and natural resources conservation Best Management Practices, which minimize the impact on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The Taylor's were recognized by the Department of Conservation and Recreation as the 2001 recipients of the Clean Water Farm Award for their conservation efforts.

The District has a long-standing relationship with the Taylor's for hosting our many farm and field workshops. In 2014 we held a three part workshop series on Small Acreage/Alternative Agriculture Programs. Topics included crops, heritage livestock, berry production, pollinators, wildlife habitat, organic farming, marketing, deer control, woodlot management, and Audubon Backyard Habitat Certification.

In the spring of 2012 the Taylor's generously offered their farm as a resource and field trip destination for the expansion of our conservation education programs. We have held eight Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) programs at Windy Knoll Farm. (Virginia requires students to participate in one MWEE during their school career.) The MWEE program is SOL based which includes hands-on activities focused on the conservation of soil, water, and watershed. Twelve hundred students have participated in these programs since 2012 and four additional programs are scheduled for 2015. The students are excited to see the cows and sheep, get their hands down into the soil, and look at what is in the pond water - critters they have never seen before. Contact us if you are interested in voluneering to support the MWEEs. No rocket science involved; just a good time out on the farm to learn about agricultural practices and natural resources conservation. Check out the youtube video.

Windy Knoll Farm has been a great place to hold our environmental education and natural resources conservation programs. The venue is temperature controlled and can seat up to 100 people in a beautiful setting. For more information on Windy Knoll Farm click here.

MWEEs at Windy Knoll Farm.........................................................................................................................................

Catch the Mud BallLearning About WaterLearning About SoilClay Pots

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Hay Clinic ...........................................................................................................Pond Seminar......................................

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Family Nature Adventure...........................Awards Gathering May 29, 2014........................

Family Nature Adventure Awards Gathering

Potomac Watershed Roundtable meeting.................................................................

Awards Gathering 2Potomac Council

40th Anniversary Celebration of Prince William Soil & Water Conservation District.....................................................................

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