2016 Conservation Farm Family

Seth and Sarah Yowell of Cedar Ridge Farm were selected as the 2016 Conservation Farm Family for Davidson County. This award recognizes farmers and farm families who are taking the initiative to implement sound, innovative and cost-effective conservation techniques and are actively involved in conservation education. 

Cedar Ridge Farm consists of 399 acres in what was formally a tobacco farm on highly erodible land. The farm now has crops planted in a no till operation, forest plans, and wildlife habitats, all of which has significantly reduced soil erosion. Crops are grown in a rotating pattern to control erosion, reduce pests and diseases, and improve soil quality. There are cover crops to control erosion and increase soil quality. Native grasses have been planted to provide improved wildlife habitat.

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Partnership With Conservation Groups

Their farm is located in the north-central area of the County and is considered a model. They were chosen for their willingness to try new practices, their leadership within the farming community, and their progressive thinking for incorporating technology. They have worked closely with Davidson Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to implement conservation plans and installed many modern conservation practices and best management practices on the farm to address the natural resource concerns of the farm to improve soil health, and wildlife habitat. 

The Yowell's are diligent in maintaining the overall appearance of the farm and their property. In addition to be our 2016 Conservation Farm Family, their farm was also selected as the 2016 Area VIII Outstanding Conservation Farm Family, which consists of 12 Counties. They were honored at our Annual Awards Banquet in October for their conservation activities, stewardship, community leadership, conservation practices and conservation knowledge. Congratulations to Seth and Sarah for being our 2016 Conservation Farm Family and thank you for helping protect our natural resources.