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 →

Getting seeds started right

By Justin Husher When spring can’t get here soon enough, it’s time to start getting your hands dirty starting some seeds! Seed starting is fairly easy, given the right set-up, a bit of patience, and a bit of diligence. The wrong way to start seeds is in front of a window in northeast Ohio in March.…… Continue reading →

Districts among the many partners assisting 2017 LRP projects

By Mike Beacom Conservation districts are partners in half of the 2017 Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership (LRP) projects announced in December. Through the program, the U.S. Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) strive to work together to restore landscapes, reduce wildfire threats to communities and landowners, protect water quality, and enhance wildlife…… Continue reading →

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