Urban & Community Conservation

Revitalizing an Alabama neighborhood through urban agriculture

Guest column by Holly Lynne Killian  [caption id="attachment_9673" align="alignright" width="415"] Community leader and “Revitalizing Hillman” Project Coordinator Virginia Ward at the Bessemer Farmers Market.[/caption] In the southwestern part of Birmingham, Alabama, lies a seasonal high tunnel (also known as a hoop house) overflowing with fresh vegetables. Located in the neighborhood of Hillman, the high tunnel…… Continue reading →

Growing an urban farming community with microgreens

By Lindsey Carver and Tonya Taylor [caption id="attachment_9448" align="alignright" width="262"] Purdue stands inside her CropBox, a turn-key agricultural system capable of growing the equivalent of an acre of field grown crops within a 320-square foot footprint.[/caption] Hydroponic producer Tami Purdue grows a long list of microgreen crops, but that's not all she grows. Purdue also helped…… Continue reading →

Washington state CD builds community with a garden

Guest column by Valerie Vissia Living and working in a small community is not always what you might imagine. Even after living in the same small town for 17 years, and working for the local conservation district for two, I still feel like a bit of a "newbie." [caption id="attachment_9062" align="alignright" width="461"] A rendering of the…… Continue reading →

Tomatoes: The Secret Recipe

By Lilias Pettit-Scott What would you say if I told you the secret to growing amazing tomatoes involves fish heads? About six years ago, I was working at Love Apple Farm in Santa Cruz, California, with farmer Cynthia Sandberg, an expert of the pommes d'amour (the French refer to a tomato as the love apple).…… Continue reading →

April is National Garden Month: Know the difference between ‘non-native’ and ‘invasive’

By Sara Kangas April is National Garden Month! While you’re welcoming spring and the return of pollinators, make sure you’re not introducing invasive species inadvertently. Recently, Cheerios launched a #bringbackthebees campaign in partnership with Veseys Seeds. The campaign distributed 100 million seeds packets (that’s over 1.5 billion seeds!) nationwide as part of an effort to…… Continue reading →

Forestry Notes Q&A: Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition

By Mike Beacom Gerry Gray and Paul Ries serve as co-chairs of the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC), whose mission is to “increase tangible support for urban forests on a national and local level; educate diverse audiences (from policy makers to the public) about the value and need for healthy urban forests; and network and…… Continue reading →

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