NEWBERRY — The Newberry Soil and Water Conservation District recently added a new face to its department, Danielle Rowe. Rowe began working for the NSWCD this past July, and she could not be happier about her position.
“I like a lot of the conservation techniques, I’m really into recycling and I wanted to bring these to the attention of Newberry residence,” Rowe said.
Rowe was born and raised in Aiken, and when she turned 18, she moved to Myrtle Beach. She is now living in Newberry with her husband, Josh Rowe, who works for the Department of Transportation. Rowe earned her earned her associate degree in business from the University of Phoenix, and is currently finishing her bachelor of science degree in accounting from the same university.
“I do all my college education online, I actually went to another school, but I was so use to doing classes online from high school, and I just preferred that,” said Rowe.
When Rowe relocated to Newberry from Myrtle Beach, she said it was different from what she was used to, but a good different because of the small town atmosphere. Rowe also said the community has been very receptive. Many residents started to offer their assistance with her programs before she started to work for NSWCD.
Since being in Newberry, Rowe has taken up gardening and spent more time reading up and watching Gamecock football. Rowe has also been enjoying many of Newberry’s local stores and restaurants, her favorites being Out on a Whim, Fusion and The Cabana.
Rowe is in charge of all programs that NSWCD sponsors and creates, including soil sampling, education outreach and camp conservation. Her position also garners her the the title executive director for Keep Newberry County Beautiful, which is a subset of NSWCD.
Since being on her new job, Rowe has participated in both two community events, a shoe drive and camp conservation, both of which promote community involvement.
“I enjoy the freedom and ability to do what I like within the job. The commissioners (her bosses) are some of the greatest guys to work for,” Rowe said of her job.
Rowe plans to bring new programs to both departments, and continue to carry on with the programs that preceded her. Within KNCB, Rowe plans to initiate monthly programs that will repeat each year.
She plans to keep the recent shoe drive going every February and begin a grinding of the greens program for December, which will help keep Christmas trees out of landfills after the holiday season.
“Grinding of the greens is when people bring in their Christmas trees and the trees are grounded up into mulch to be re-sold to the community,” said Rowe.
When it comes to her responsibilities with NSWCD, Rowe said she would like to revamp many of the existing programs, including improving the soil sampling program, this programs helps county residents test the soil within their farms and gardens to make sure the soil is right for planting.
At the moment, residents must pay to have their soil tested, but Rowe is actively looking for grants to make it a free service. The other program that Rowe will revamp is education outreach.
“I would like to do more with schools to educate children about recycling. I would really like to get them while they are young,” said Rowe.
Rowe said the reason people do not recycle is because they do not take the time to inform themselves of what to do.
“For example, many people do not know that Styrofoam, batteries and ink are all recyclable and things like candy wrappers and books (due to the binding agent) are not,” said Rowe.
Other programs and plans Rowe would like to implement include recycling and agriculture scholarships for high school or first year college students, partnerships with Newberry College to help with beautification programs, planting a garden at the NSWCD building, partnering with local businesses and public officials for better community outreach and book drives.
Rowe said that her main objective working for NSWCD would be to create self sustaining programs to leave her mark.