“Farming has been taking resources from the land in a sense,” Brausieck (SCD Resource Planner) said.
But agroforestry allows farmers to harvest food in a way that’s protecting natural resources and regenerating the land.
“It’s creating a way for farming to be part of the solution,” she said.
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“Through the district’s “manure spreader” program, Hipp shows property owners how to turn horse waste into fertilizer through composting and to use one of the district’s two manure spreaders — a trailer that distributes compost evenly over pastures. “
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The volunteers that came to help plant the garden beds this month represent the area’s largest minority community, Riley said. The district staff worked with the Monroe Public Library, the Edmonds Community College Latino Education Training Institute and other organizations for outreach, she said.
Monroe has one of the highest populations of people who are Latino and Hispanic in Snohomish County, Riley said.
Ten percent of Snohomish County’s population is Hispanic or Latino, according to the most recent census data. That number is closer to 20 percent for Monroe, according to the City of Monroe.
“It takes all of us to do something on our own property, and that is what the chamber wanted to exemplify,” Riley said.Read More
Snohomish Conservation District partners with the city to install green stormwater infrastructure.
Photo by Katie Metzger - Tessa Anton, WCC crew member, puts the finishing touches onto the Bothell rain garden.Read More
The city and Snohomish Conservation District teamed up for the planting project, which was conceived in 2014. That’s when Bertrand and Alex Pittman got together, “when the emails started flying.”
Pittman was looking for a way to cool down water in the French Creek sub-basin. Warm temperatures affect the amount of dissolved oxygen in its tributaries. Low levels create a chronic barrier to fish passage, according to the conservation district.
Cripple Creek enters the Monroe Wetlands to the north, and then exits via the southwest corner. The waterway connects with French Creek, which then flows into the Snohomish River.
The conservation district has been focused on French Creek for a while, according to Pittman. Salmon struggle to survive in its warm waters.
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The 13th Place Garden is still thriving about a month after it was established by Denise Tarter and her neighbors in June. Denise attended one of SCD’s Lawns to Lettuce classes.
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McMahon won the Conservation Leader of the Year Award for her use of SCD cost-share program to install a rain garden in her front yard in 2013. In 2017, district officials were happy to hear that she had also expressed interest in being the recipient of free rain barrels for its partnership project with the City of Lynnwood.Read More
Emily McLaughlin Sta. Maria, president of the Students Saving Salmon Club at Edmonds Woodway High School, will be honored April 12 at Snohomish Conservation District's Better Ground Showcase in Mukilteo.
Photo courtesy of club advisor, Joe Scordino.Read More
Matt Cash (left) and Taylor Pesce work to install a rain barrel at Experience Momentum in Lynnwood on Oct. 11. Cash and Pesce work along with other veterans in a group that completes projects around the county for the Snohomish Conservation District. (Ian Terry / The Herald)Read More
Away with those nasty blackberries, deadly nightshade, poison hemlock, invasive morning glory, ivy and thistles.
Residents of the Livingston Bay community on Camano Island received assistance from Snohomish Conservation District to plant much nicer, beach-friendly native plants in a project that has been in the works since 2013.Read More