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Kentucky Conservation Conversations

Kentucky Conservation Conversations

By Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District
Members of the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District discuss the history and future of Conservation work in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Guests include a variety of those working in conservation from around the Nation.
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What is a Conservation District?

Kentucky Conservation Conversations

Responsible Birding with Lee Payne Jr
Join us for this exciting conservation conversation with Louisville Audubon Society President Lee Payne Jr. 
April 01, 2022
Spring Events and Wildlife Resource Concerns
Do you know how to be a good steward of our native wildlife and flora? Have you ever found a baby animal and wondered what, if anything, to do? Do you want to grow a garden but don't know where to begin? This and more answered in today's episode. Show links: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Rehabbers List
March 02, 2022
Environmental Education - a Brief Overview
Have you ever wondered how our Environmental Educator could help you, your students or organization become better stewards of Jefferson County's natural renewable resources? Today our educator, Erin, gives short overview of her work and helps you understand how you can utilize her role in the county. Links below Black Vulture Vocalizations : here Email Erin :
November 09, 2021
CAIP Program and the Kentucky Office of Agricultural Policy
Join us as we talk to Martin Williams, Project Manager with the Kentucky Office of Agricultural Policy and Madeline Marchal, the new Technical Assistant for the County about the CAIP Program, the history of the funds, who can apply and how to apply to the program.  CAIP Website
September 30, 2021
Soil Testing and Connections to the Land
We are back from our summer break with LeTicia Marshall from BearFruit and Grow and Bethany Pratt from the Jefferson County Extension Office. In this episode we discuss personal connections to the land and soil testing. 
August 30, 2021
The Dirt on Soil
Join us as we talk to PhD student Aaron Sexton about healthy soil systems and more.  Donate at Visit Aaron's work here:
March 15, 2021
Paleontologist Alan Goldstein and the Falls of the Ohio
Have you ever considered how unique the geology of our county really is? Did you know we are sitting on a bed of fossils that extends continuously to Indianapolis? Ever wonder what happened to Corn Island? Do you know about the eagles downtown? Interpretive Naturalist and Park Paleontologist Alan Goldstein helps us understand the state of our county in prehistoric times. Don't forget to follow and share the podcast to help move our mission forward! Donate! Fall of the Ohio Interpretive Center
February 15, 2021
Opportunity Corner Farmer's Market
Mike Jackson and Point Barnes share their work and vision for the Opportunity Corner Farmer's Market in West Louisville. Alongside the Black Community Development Corporation, they are striving to build a thriving Farmer's Market for the residents of West Louisville. Please visit them at: You can find the Jefferson County Conservation District at
January 01, 2021
Water Justice in the United States
In this episode we chat with Walt Walker and John Lenti from Greeley and Hansen about the structures and challenges surrounding the issue of Water Justice in the United States. Below is their recommended reading list for your continued learning.  An Equitable Water Future: A National Briefing Paper (US      Water Alliance; free download) The Color of Law (Richard Rothstein) Climate Action Planning, A Guide to Creating Low-Carbon, Resilient Communities (Michael R. Boswell) Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States (Dig Deep & US Water Alliance;      free download) Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (Jared Diamond) Great Lakes Water Wars (Peter Annin) Growing Smarter: Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and      Regional Equity (Robert Bullard) Transformative Planning (Tom Angotti) Waste: One Woman's Fight Against America's Dirty Secret (Catherine Coleman Flowers)
December 18, 2020
Greeley and Hansen
Thank you to Greeley and Hansen for helping us explore the depths of corporate responsibility. Stay tuned for a special announcement during the podcast! Greeley and Hansen Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District 
November 03, 2020
MSD and Water Quality in Jefferson County
Thank you to Tony Parrott, Executive Director with MSD, for taking the time to help us understand the role MSD plays in water management in Jefferson County.  Don't forget to share and rate the podcast!
October 16, 2020
Water (1)
Do you remember how the Water Cycle works? In this episode, Kurt and I work to refresh your memory in order to provide context for future episodes.  Be sure to check out these links to explore water in Kentucky! Water in Kentucky (book)  Kentucky Waterways Alliance Watershed Guidebook Surf Your Watershed (guide to finding the watershed where you live provided by the EPA)
October 01, 2020
Idlewild Butterfly Farm
Today we had to chance to speak with Blair Leano-Helvey from Idlewild Butterfly Farm about her Urban Conservation work as well as how the Pandemic has challenged their business.  You can find Idlewild's website here. Information about the Hickory Horned Devil can be found here. 
August 23, 2020
Conversation with our Urban Agriculture Specialist
Join us today as we have a conversation with Lilias Pettit-Scott, our Urban Agriculture Specialist. She can be reached at Our website is Erin's email is
August 07, 2020
Kurt's Career
In this episode, Kurt shares how his upbringing informed his career choices and how he ended up in Louisville, Ky. Visit us at
July 24, 2020
What is a Conservation District?
Kurt and Erin discuss the origins of Conservation Districts and the unique challenges facing Jefferson County, Kentucky as an Urban District. To learn more about us, visit our website at
July 03, 2020