The Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District's mission is to provide and develop leadership in natural resource conservation on the Eastern Shore of Virginia through education, promotion of cooperative programs, and fulfillment of a diverse clientele's needs.

Formed in 1945, the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District (Eastern Shore SWCD) represents one of 47 Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation DistrictsThe District's service area covers the Eastern Shore of Virginia- a region on the Delmarva Peninsula comprised of Accomack and Northampton Counties, bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland.

Eastern Shore SWCD is a political subdivison of the Commonwealth and it supports the District through financial and administrative assistance provided by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation BoardAccomack and Northampton Counties also provide financial assistance and support to the District.  

Two of the District's major roles are to administer Virginia's incentive program for agricultural Best Management Practices and provide environmental education.  Since conservation involves everyone, the District provides various programs to students and adults promoting awareness, action and support for the area's natural resources.  

The above video was published by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) which is a nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards.

The Commonwealth of Virginia supports the Eastern Shore SWCD through financial and administrative assistance provided by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Eastern Shore SWCD programs, activities and employment opportunities are available to all people regardless of disability, race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, color, age, religion/religious creed, veteran status, or genetics. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

In 2021 VA Cooperative Extension (VCE) produced a video highlighting their partnership with the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District and how both agencies work together to help growers meet agriculture’s conservation goals. To see the video please CLICK HERE.

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In an effort to keep our clients and our staff healthy and safe, we are asking that you contact the District by phone or e-mail or by appointment when necessary.

ESVA Cover Crop Workshop

Eastern  Shore AREC

33446 Research Drive, Painter, VA 23420

8:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Pre-Registration Required

Register with VCE County Agents:

Ursula Deitch ( or

Theresa Pittman ( 757-787-1361)

  • Intro to new ESAREC Horticulturist, Emmanuel Torres,

  • Updates from Eastern Shore SWCD,

  • High Residue Cover Crops and Nutrient Cycling for Sandy Loam Soils field visits,

  • Desiccation of Cover Crop Species talk

Eastern Shore Arbor Day Events!

Celebrate with Seedling and Native Plant Give-a-ways!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

9:00 a.m. - Noon


Two Locations: 

  • Eastern Shore Community College, Melfa, VA

  • Historic Courthouse Green,    Eastville, VA

Sponsored by Eastern Shore Soil & Water Conservation District, The Department of Forestry, and A&N Electric Cooperative

For more information, contract Julie Head, ESSWCD Education Director at 757-302-4433 or

Interested in reading about the struggle for clean water?  Have a middle school aged student?  Check out the following book!

A Long Walk to Water

by Linda Sue Park

                     Three teachers have written a                                    middle school cross curricular                                 unit to accompany this book.  Lesson materials for water awareness, language arts, math, science, history, and social-emotional learning are included.

Access the educational unit here.

Check out the most recent publication of Eastern Shore       SWCD's newsletter,           Shore Conserver

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