Direct seeders in the Pacific Northwest are being pursued by landowners who want their land and resource to be protected and built up, not eroded away, says Kay Meyer.
A new certification of conservation efforts of Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association members which is expected to become effective next year is a change whose time has come, says the PNDSA executive director.
A 2013 Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association conference in Spokane, Wash., this winter proved the PNDSA is alive and well, despite recent setbacks, and nearing completion of its new certification program.
More than 240 attended PNDSA's Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference, marking a comeback for the organization which lost 30% of its membership since 2007, mostly due to a loss of financial support and missed conferences in more recent years. The PNDSA also experienced a loss of managers, followed by a period when no manager was in place.
But that changed with the arrival of Meyer a year ago, who took over the reins of the organization as "a self-starter, who organized a new conference pretty much on her own," according to official comments at the meeting.
"Our goal is to exceed 2007 membership levels by 2014," vows Meyer, who says the drive was promoted at the conference and will be pursued at PNDSA local meetings and events and through social marketing and e-mail campaigns."