Rockdale Rotary Club had a great turn-out, inspiring speakers, and an enthusiastic audience at our second annual Earth Day educational event on April 16! Click "read more" to hear all about it!
Master Naturalist Victoria Everett St. John introduced the audience to several commonly found local plants that are edible and nutritious. (Who knew fresh tips of greenbriar taste kinda like asparagus?!).
Mark Stoll, District Conservationist at the Milam County Field Office of the federal Natural Resources Conservation Services (U.S. Department of Agriculture), helped the audience understand the extent to which our daily lives depend on healthy soil and explained some of the many services the NRCS provides to Milam County residents.
Blake Hendon, joined by Brittany Perry, both District Wildlife Biologists at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, discussed the various services TPWD offers to Milam County residents. Blake's major topic was explaining how TPWD can help residents obtain agricultural exemptions from property taxes by performing activities aimed at helping native Texas wildlife rather than, or alongside, traditional agriculture uses.
Rockdale Rotary Club thanks all who attended and participated! We are particularly grateful to: all of our speakers; our host Moon Brew Coffee Company; Hot Corner Food for a fabulous charcuterie; and Ed Freeman and Dominick DeFlorio for building and donating lovely door prizes to attract pollinators and birds!