The Hill Country Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (HCASWCDS) will meet May 24, at the Wildseed Farms located near Fredericksburg for its annual spring tour and business meeting. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. with a tour of Wildseed Farms. Lunch and a business meeting of the organization will follow the tour.
Wildseed Farms is the largest working wildflower farm in the U.S. The farm has more than 200 cultivated acres at its Hill Country headquarters which is located 7 miles east of Fredericksburg mid way between Fredericksburg and Stonewall Texas. The growing, packing and distribution center in Eagle Lake, Texas, has another 800 acres in production. Wildseed Farms produces 88 varieties of wildflower seeds, which are available individually and as regional mixes, specialty mixes, or custom blends.
Speakers during the business session who will update SWCD directors on state and national soil and water conservation programs and issues include Marty H. Graham, member of the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, State District II; Volney Hough, director of the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Area II; and Elisha Kuehn, Assistant State Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Twenty soil and water conservation districts in the Edwards Plateau region of the state are members of the HCASWCDS. Counties which the SWCDS serve include Crockett, Schleicher, Menard, McCulloch, San Saba, Llano, Mason, Kimble, Sutton, Val Verde, Edwards, Real, Kerr, Gillespie, Blanco, Kendall, Bandera, Medina, Uvalde, Kinney and Maverick Counties.