Soil and Water Conservation District

GSWCD Board Members







Gadsden County 2023 Speech Contest 1st Place Winner

Congratulations Manuel Hurtado

Gadsden County 2nd Place Speech Contest Winner

Congratulations Milagros Ramos

2023 Gadsden County Poster Contest

 Gadsden County 1st Place and State 3rd Place Winning Poster by Hudson Outley

About Gadsden SWCD

Our Purpose

The mission of the Gadsden Soil and Water Conservation District is to provide the administration of programs to conserve soil and improve water quality and quantity on private lands in Gadsden County.


Registered agent:  Robert Jones



Board Members


Michael Brown
(850) 320-0407

Vice Chairman:
Bryan Baxley
(850) 491-5404

Vincent Moore
(757) 567-2159

Karen Alday-Henderson
(850) 442-1409

Shelby Sanford
(850) 832-5972






What We Do

Established by the Florida Legislature, the Gadsden Soil & Water Conservation District, a governmental subdivision of the State of Florida, was established October 9, 1950 under Florida Statutes 582 by local residents for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the wise use, management and general conservation of the Gadsden County’s soil, water and related natural resources. The District is committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in Gadsden County through conservation of its natural resources.

The Gadsden Soil & Water Conservation District works closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) creating ways to conserve water, prevent soil erosion, convert irrigation systems and inform the public about conservation problems.

A Code of Ethics has been adopted by the district.  For Code of Ethics Information.

View Code of Ethics Here.

The Gadsden SWCD operates under Florida Statutes 582 under the Florida Legislature.

Charter / creation document (Community development districts may reference Chapter 190, Florida Statutes – Community Development Districts, as the uniform charter, but must include information relating to any grant of special powers)Statute or statutes under which the special district operates, if different from the statute or statutes under which the special district was established.

Service Area

The Gadsden Soil and Water Conservation District serves all of Gadsden County in the area of the conservation and stewardship of our natural resources.

Services Provided

  • Assist land owners in their efforts to secure financial assistance through Farm Bill Programs to implement conservation practices

  • Conservation education, programs and information

  • Assist growers with development of low volume irrigation systems

  • Develop and update irrigation water management plans

  • Soil surveys and historical maps

  • Local government advice and assistance

  • Youth education

  • Invasive plant control

Regular Meetings:


All meetings are open to the public and will be held at the Extension Office (2140 W. Jefferson St) @ 6:00pm

2023 Meeting Dates – **

January 10, 2023

February 20, 2023 (Note: AFCD Annual Meeting is February 6 – 9, 2023)

March 27, 2023 (Speech contest will be held prior to meeting) 

April 17, 2023

May 15, 2023

June 26, 2023

July 17, 2023

August 21, 2023

September 18, 2023

October 16, 2023

November 13, 2023

Historically there is no meeting in December

**Meeting location and dates are subject to change!

Educational Programs

The Gadsden Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors a number of programs that serve the Gadsden County communities. Through community support and fundraising efforts, the district is working to build the number of services we are able to offer. Poster & Speech Contest are some of the educational programs with which we are currently involved.

Poster Contest

The annual National Conservation Poster Contest provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The poster contest theme follows the annual Stewardship theme. The contest is co-sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts and the NACD Auxiliary.

Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level. Individuals and teachers with questions regarding district contests should contact their local district. To locate your local district, search our state directory. District winners advance to the state level. For questions regarding state competitions, districts should contact their state association. Finally, state winners advance to the National Contest. National winners are recognized each year at the NACD Annual Meeting.

**PLEASE NOTE: Check your state poster contest sponsoring group to determine deadline and theme topic and correct poster size. Each state coordinates their own contest. Posters must follow your state’s guidelines to be eligible for the national contest.

Go here for more information Poster Contest | Association of Florida Conservation Districts (  

Speech Contest

Gadsden County Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors an annual speech contest, which is designed to develop leadership and stimulate interest in conserving natural resources.  


Budget Information


The District’s fiscal year runs from October 1st through September 30th annually.

To view the District’s annual financial report visit the Department of Financial Services:

This includes the final, complete audit report for the most recent completed fiscal year ending September 30.

Get in Touch!

Gadsden Soil and Water Conservation District

Registered agent:  Robert Jones
2140 W Jefferson St
Quincy, FL 32351

(850) 875-7255

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