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In May 2018, NACD created a 93-page comprehensive report on these 42 projects, describing future outcomes and lessons learned. Click here to view the report.
“Don’t just reach out to the usual groups and volunteers in your community. We had a lot of closed doors early on until we stepped out of the box and started to connect with others who were already doing the work we needed. Made all the difference. People generally want to help out – don’t get discouraged and just keep asking.” – Valerie Vissia, Lincoln County CD, Wash.
“One of my thoughts – drawn from personal experience and from stories I heard at this year’s conference – is a reminder that we can’t let perfect be the enemy of good. Collaboration can be tricky. Real change occurs in fits and starts. Sometimes projects take twice as long as expected. Sometimes partners bail. Sometimes we get halfway to our vision and hit a barrier we can’t overcome. That does not negate the value of our work, nor does it mean we failed.” – Nicole Anderson Ellis, Henricopolis SWCD, Va.
“We always knew hands-on activities and learning in the environment are the best way to learn, but the workshops reiterated the importance of learning by doing. Participants were engaged, curious and energized and had more questions than we had time to ponder together. The use of technology is important in efficient use of limited resources, but there is no substitute for real interactions in the real garden environment!” – Shino Tanikawa, New York City SWCD, N.Y.