Julie Berbiglia talks with Ryan Jackwood, Director of Watershed Science & Restoration about what the positive impact that a mindful homeowner can have on our waterways. From lawn care choices, garden fertilizers and even washing your car - all can be done in a way that is more environmentally friendly.
Julie Berbiglia visits the Cul2Vate farm in Nashville TN. This non-profit seeks to feed the hungry by growing food and growing people. First, Cul2vate grows and delivers fresh, nutritional local produce to those in need. Second, Cul2vate offers assistance to those in need of a second chance through job readiness, life skills, and business training with the goal of helping individuals find full-time employment.
There was a sizeable parcel of land in a subdivision that was deemed undevelopable as it was on a 100 year flood plane, plus it had a sink hole at its center. While the developer talked of putting in a walking trail around the perimeter of this parcel for resident's use, it never happened. So, the homeowner's association decided to move forward and survey the land. They called on neighbors and community volunteers to clear a wide trail, make trail borders with logs and rock, plant native perennials / trees /shrubs, and create purposed garden areas. Now it is a treasured spot for outdoor fun and exercise.
Sumner County Master Gardeners maintain several garden areas at historic Mansker's Station in Goodlettsville TN. These include a vegetable and herb garden, a pollinator waystation, and a wildflower area. Jeff Poppen explores the garden beds to see what's growing, and to learn about the educational opportunities for school age children as well as community members.
We visit with an experienced urban hen keeper in Nashville, TN to glean great tips and know-how. @judyschickens gives us the scoop on the coop, realistic expectations, and unexpected things that are going to happen. Judy is also an extensive gardener, so she talks about how backyard chickens and backyard garden beds can co-exist.