Volume 28: Issue 1
Welcome to the new Nexus!
All of us at Snohomish Conservation District are excited to bring you this edition of The Nexus; we're not calling it new and improved, just re-imagined. Inside you'll find the same stories and helpful tips you've come to appreciate over the last 27 years. There are noticeable differences, of course, but we hope you enjoy the larger, more vibrant photos and the smaller, compact size. The Nexus has been designed to match our increasingly on the go lifestyles, designed to slip into a bag, be read while waiting for the kids to finish baseball practice, or simply, enjoyed on your porch with a warm cup of coffee.
Whether you've been with us all of these years, or this is the first time you've picked up a copy of The Nexus, welcome. These stories are for you, they feature your friends, your neighbors, and the land and water that connect us all. We hope you enjoy this issue, and many more to come. We love to hear from our readers so feel free to send us your thoughts. You can also sign up for our monthly Nexus Digest email, peruse our website, or follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date.
Articles in This Issue
As Westsiders here in Washington, it’s difficult to imagine the threat of a wildfire as we tromp through the rain and mud for close to eight months of the year. But due to our beautiful dry summers, the landscape can dry out quickly, presenting a window of time where a grass or forest fire can pose a serious threat to property and lives.
Terry Myer, one of our 2016 Conservation Leaders of the Year, transformed her backyard into an edible, sustainable paradise where she welcomes neighbors and community members to learn first hand how to do the same in their yards. Even the neighborhood cats flock to her yard, as she has a tire planter dedicated to growing catnip.
Are you tired of mowing all that grass? Interested in growing your own food, starting a community garden, or providing food to those in need? If you answered yes to any of these questions, our Lawn’s to Lettuce program is here to help.
1. Feed Production: They grow the food that feeds the cows on 1,200 acres of their own cropland and they purchase crops from farmers with another 1,000 acres.
Step 1: Grow the Right Flowers
Flowers provide the nectar and pollen resources that pollinators feed on. Growing the right flowers, shrubs, and trees with overlapping bloom times will support pollinators from spring through fall.