Grow it Green: Natural Resources Stewards Program

Grow it Green: Natural Resources Stewards Program


LET’S HEAD TO “GROW IT GREEN.”
RAY: WELCOME TO “GROW IT GREEN.”
WE ARE AT HOMESTEAD FARMS. I’M WITH MARY TEBO DAVIS OF THE
UNH COOPERATIVE EXTENSION. I GATHER THIS IS YOUR COURSE. MARY: YES, THE NATURAL RESOURCES
STEWARDS COURSE IS HAPPENING IN
SEPTEMBER. IT GIVES YOU OUTSIDE AND
LEARNING ABOUT THE NATURE AROUND
YOU. A LOT OF THE THINGS WE TALK
ABOUT ON “GROW IT GREEN.”
RAY: HOW LONG IS THIS COURSE? MARY: 12 WEEKS LONG. IT MEETS ON FRIDAYS FOR A FULL
DAY. WE ARE IN THE THE CLASSROOM A
BIT, BUT WE ARE ALWAYS OUT IN
THE FIELD. RAY: WHY DO YOU HAVE THIS TREE? MARY: TREE IDENTIFICATION AND
PLANT IDENTIFICATION. THIS HAS ALMOST A QUARTER RIGHT
— CORDUROY BARK. UNFORTUNATELY, HE GOT ATTACKED
BY A NATIONAL SPORT FROM
INVASIVE INSECTS. RAY: DIFFERENT STORIES ON THIS
BEFORE — SEGMENTS, RATHER, ON
PRUNING. MARY: EXACTLY, HOW TO CORRECTLY
PRUNE TREES AND PLANTS AND
SHRUBS, AND DOING IT RIGHT. RAY: SPEAKING OF DOING ETHIC AND
WE ARE SURROUNDED BY THESE
BEAUTIFUL BLUEBERRY BUSHES. WHY? MARY: BLUEBERRIES ARE A GREAT
PLACE NOT ONLY FOR US BUT FOR
WHAT LIFE. WE TALK ABOUT HOW EVERYTHING
FITS TOGETHER — WILDLIFE,
WATER, AND US. RAY: IS THIS AN EXAMPLE? MARY: THIS IS INTEGRATED
LANDSCAPING, FOLLOWING NATURE
LEAD. THIS IS TO HELP YOU DO WHAT IS
BETTER IN YOUR YARD, HOW TO WORK
WITH WHAT YOU HAVE IN THE SOILS
AND CREATE PLANT SYSTEMS. RAY: ONE OF THE THINGS I GATHER
YOU ARE TOUCHING ON THERE IS THE
FACT THAT IT WILL TEACH YOU
EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DEALING
WITH IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS. MARY: YES, DEFINITELY. YOU ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT
INVASIVE SPECIES, WHAT IS AROUND
YOU. HERE ARE SOME OF THE PROJECTS
THAT OUR STUDENTS DID LAST YEAR. THIS IS A BIGGER —
RAY: THE BANE OF MY EXISTENCE. MARY: WE ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY. YOU WILL OUT WHAT IS AROUND YOUR
YARD. RAY: YOU ALSO HAVE AN EXAMPLE,
BURNING BUSH, WHICH USED TO BE
POPULAR, BUT IT IS INVASIVE. MARY: IT IS VERY INVASIVE. BACK TO THE VERY IT IS A GREAT
ALTERNATIVE BECAUSE IT HAS THAT
GREAT FALL COLOR. WE HAVE LOTS OF PARTNERS THAT
HELP US INCLUDING THE FOREST
SERVICE. WE LEARN ABOUT FOREST
MANAGEMENT. WE HAVE CONTINUING EDUCATION,
SUCH AS GOING OUT AND CHECKING
OUT MUSHROOMS. IT IS A REALLY FUN CLASS CAN
REALLY INTERACTIVE. HOPE YOU JOIN US. MAYBE YOU WILL JOIN US SUNDAY. RAY: MAYBE. THE NUMBER TO CALL?

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