Posted by Sabrenna Bryant, Natural Resources Conservation Service, South Carolina
South Carolina small farmer and community leader Ann Pringle Washington wears many hats. Along with her husband Richard, they share a deep tie to the land on their 17-acre farm in Eastover and a true passion for improving the community where they live.
Ann’s desire to learn more about how to grow organic produce led her to attend outreach workshops hosted by the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District. The district partners with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), to promote local and sustainable organic agriculture at workshops, including the assistance that NRCS can provide to growers.
Ann started working with NRCS District Conservationist Ajoa Harris to develop a conservation plan focused on improving the farm’s operations while taking care of natural resources. A conservation plan is a roadmap that integrates conservation practices that benefit the farm and the nearby environment, such as cleaner water and healthier soil.