Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Volunteer Work

Today I completed 52 hours of volunteer work for the Master Gardener program.

Bus Stop Garden after weeding.
Bus Stop Garden after weeding. (Larger version)

On some days in July and August I worked two hours each day before going to work at the University and worked some Saturdays and Sundays. The major project I worked on was at the Museum of Northern Arizona. A new 11,000 square feet building is being constructed that will have a living roof. I helped plant Blue Gramma grass in 5,500 coconut fiber trays. About six other species of seeds and plants will be added to the flats before they are moved to the roof in November.

Planting Blue Gramma.
Planting Blue Gramma. (Larger version)

Last week and this week I took a few hours of vacation to finish the remaining hours of the required 50. I worked with other volunteers to collect native seeds: cliffrose, lupine, buckwheat, cinquefoil, lotus and sunflower.

Now that I have these hours completed, I'm going to apply for the Master Naturalist program next year. This program requires 40 hours of volunteer work.


Blogger anonymous julie said...

Nice! And I bet you learned some things too :)

9/18/2008 09:41:00 AM  
Blogger Alex Pendragon said...

Do you HAVE to learn latin to be a Master?

9/18/2008 06:47:00 PM  
Blogger arcolaura said...

Paul, are you familiar with Kitchen Gardeners International and their "Eat the View" campaign to have a food garden planted on the White House Lawn? They have a video about it entered in a contest of videos urging the President to act on climate change. You can view it (and thus vote for it) here.

9/19/2008 08:46:00 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Laura, I hadn't heard of the "Eat the View" campaign. Thanks for the link. Julie works in a Social and Behavioral Sciences building. On the south side of the building a demonstration garden has been planted to illustrate the integration of landscaping beauty and food production. It may be a slow process but hopefully we can encourage more and more people to plant food beside annual and perennial flowers.

9/19/2008 10:16:00 AM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

You might be interested in the living roof this interesting couple have on their unique house

Their main blog you can find in my sidebar under Maria.

9/19/2008 01:38:00 PM  

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