Dixon Water Foundation donates to establish Josey Institute of Agroecology at NCTC

by Dixon Water Foundation | Aug 11, 2014 <p> </p>

With the vision of healthy lands, healthy water and healthy living for all, Dixon Water Foundation promotes healthy watersheds through sustainable land management. Practices of management on all of the Dixon Ranches include rotational grazing, multi-species grazing and in general Whole Land Stewardship. Additionally, Dixon Water Foundation awards competitive grants to organizations which share their vision by inclusion of land practices oriented toward having the water resources we need for now and for generations to come.

North Central Texas College was awarded funding from Dixon Water Foundation to further the Promoting Agriculture and Conservation Education (PACE) Project and establish the Josey Institute of Agroecology at NCTC. The PACE Project was established through previous funding from the Dixon Water Foundation and is a cooperative endeavor between NCTC and the Gainesville ISD in which rotational grazing and multi-species land impact are demonstrated on land near the Gainesville High School. The Josey Institute of Agroecology will become the umbrella over the PACE Project and will now include collaborative work with other organizations, land owners, and students through educational programs, research, and demonstrations.

Clint Josey, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Robert Potts, President and CEO of Dixon Water Foundation presented Dr. Brent Wallace, President of NCTC and Dr. Lisa Bellows, faculty member of NCTC with a check on Aug. 1.

Dr. Wallace received the check on his first official day as college President.

"Service to the community is a vital part of our mission and the establishment of the Josey Institute at NCTC is going to allow us to explore some innovative approaches in serving our students as well as the entire community by including programs for planetary sustainability," he said. "We are extremely grateful for the monetary contribution but even more honored to have the opportunity to work in partnership with the people at Dixon Water Foundation."

Dr. Bellows will be leading the efforts of the Josey Institute.

"Through the support of Dixon Water Foundation, the PACE Project is in motion and we have been able to offer several programs for agriculturalists in the past three years," she said. "Internationally-recognized soil microbiologist, Dr. Elaine Ingham attracted over 180 visitors to our campus and we provided soil micro training for over 100 participants this past year. This will be an exploratory year for the Josey Institute so that we can define the needs of our community, organize our approach and target the position of NCTC as a leader in agricultural ecology. In addition to several scheduled programs for the general public, I will be teaching Sustainable Agriculture course this semester in which Whole Land Management will be the focus."

For more information on the Josey Institute of Agroecology at NCTC, contact Dr. Bellows at 940-668-7731 Ext. 4346.

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