In their super-service quarter-century, Forest ReLEAF of Missouri has moved over 200,000 native species trees from seedlings to nursery transplants to solid ground in communities around the Show-Me-State.
ReLEAF works with Seniors to Young Friends to community folks. This intrepid non-profit trains and supports volunteer powered efforts to grow, track and maintain healthy Urban Forests. Community Forester Tom Ebeling talks with Earthworms host Jean Ponzi (some of her best friends are Trees) about this work, in a conversation celebrating ReLEAF's 25th anniversary and the many benefits of urban trees.
If this interview inspires you to check out ReLEAF volunteer opportunities, don't resist! The work will grow on you.
THANKS to Anna Holland, Earthworms Engineer
Music: Magic 9 performed live at KDHX by Infamous Stringdusters
Related Earthworms Conversations: Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape with Jill Jonnes (October 2016)
Want to eat your home landscape? Want to work with Nature in some of the most efficient, effective and - Yes, EASIEST ways? Farmer and Permaculture practitioner Matt Lebon will set up your place to grow a feast for you - and for your bug-bird-nature neighbors.
Matt recently parlayed his five years of deep experience as manager of our town's EarthDance Organic Farm (home of the Farmer Training School) into his innovative enterprise Custom Foodscaping. He can design and plant a custom edible landscaping package for home or business customers, or work with you hands-on to help develop your own Herb Garden, Food Forest or profitable Vegetable Farm.
Matt's enthusiastic skills can produce Edible Schoolyards to Chef's Gardens to Taste-Full Home Gardens. As he says, "Have your landscape and eat it too!" Photos of Foodscape at VICIA Restaurant, Permaculture Orchard at Principia College, Chicken Food Forest at a private home.
Learning Opportunity: 2-Day Foodscaping Course - Feb 16-17 2019
THANKS to Anna Holland, Earthworms audio engineer.
Related Earthworms Conversations:
St. Louis Food Policy Coalition Grows Health & Environmental Resources (Dec 2015)
Farming on a Downtown Roof: Urban Harvest STL (June 2015)
Permaculturist Tao Orion Goes Beyond the War on Invasive Species (March 2016)
Urban Flower Farming with Mimo Davis and Miranda Duschack (Feb 2015)