CD Spotlight

The Nevada-Tahoe CD won the TRPA Best in Basin Award for the Burke Creek Hwy 50 Crossing and Realignment Project.  To All at NTCD, this project is a major accomplishment.   This project has roots that are almost 20 years old.  The collaboration and partnership is one of the best I know of and NTCD was the glue that kept it going and the engineering backbone that deserves this accolade.  There were many hurdles to this project that without the support of many including NDOT, Douglas County, the USFS, TRPA,  State Lands, Steve Techara and the landowners it would not have happened.  Many people and organizations came together for this one.

Supervisors, thanks to all of you (us) for the support in getting this done.   Take Pride and please attend the ceremony being held at the TRPA Governing Board meeting on Wednesday, Sept 27 around 10:30 AM.   With that said, unfortunately I leave that day for a horse pack elk hunt and can’t attend which is unfortunate as I would have loved to give a shout out to all at the ceremony.

Doug Martin
Supervisor, NTCD
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NACD News

Conservation District of Southern Nevada:

This has been an exciting week for the Zion Garden Program.  Their story has been highlighted in two national publications!

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) publishes a quarterly magazine called The Resource and the Zion Community Garden Park is mentioned in two separate articles.  An overview of the Zion Garden Program can be seen on page 6 (of the online edition).  Also, the NACD held their RPG annual meeting here in Las Vegas at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and visited the Zion Garden Park.  This story is highlighted on page 13 (of the online edition): https://indd.adobe.com/view/50e4faae-6aee-4ee5-ab8e-9abc3f803e16

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has highlighted the Zion Garden Program as their lead story for their “Fridays on the Farm” series: http://nrcs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=8398e659ca65482db02dbf6ba345be09

An update of the latest news for the Zion Community Garden Park!  The 1-acre garden, featuring 64 full-irrigated raised garden beds, officially opened for the season on April 1st.  The raised beds are for lease to community members for $60 for the season, ending March 31st, 2018.  As of this week, there are only 3 raised beds left!  Also, the Community Workshop and Chef Demonstrations are ongoing and the next one is tomorrow morning at 9:00 am.  Please see attached for full schedule and details.

It has been an exciting week in the garden…

  • The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) is sponsoring (30) raised garden beds for the community!  They are being sponsored by the UNCE Foodspan Program’s Food Citizen Action Project.  This program is dedicated to the promotion of healthy food systems and provides education about all aspects of the food system from field to plate.
  • Also, the Zion Community Garden will be receiving the 2017 GREENfest Transformers Award, presented by USGBC Nevada and Green Alliance!  This award recognizes the Zion Community Garden as the leader in “making dramatic change in the community, while moving the mindset toward a sustainable society.”  The award reception is next Friday, 4/28/17.  For more information about the reception, contact Teri Knight at teri.knight@nv.usda.gov or Amber Bosket at abosket@staterenewableenergy.com.

 

Article by Melissa Blair, NRCS Acting State Public Affairs Specialist in Nevada

In the middle of one of the highest food insecure neighborhoods in the City of North Las Vegas is a blossoming oasis of kale, spinach, carrots, and other fresh produce in the Zion Garden Park Community Garden at Zion United Methodist Church.

“People need access to quality, nutritious, and affordable food and the way to get that is to grow it locally,” said Amber Bosket, the project director and board secretary of the Conservation District of Southern Nevada (CDSN). Bosket is also the owner and executive director of State Renewable Energy with her husband Corrie, who donated the design and 3D model of the community garden.

NACD, in partnership with NRCS, awarded an Urban Agriculture Conservation grant to the CDSN thissummer to help the district and the Zion United Methodist Church install 40 raised garden beds, surrounded by a wrought iron fence donated by the City of North Las Vegas. The team is currently installing 24 American Disability Act (ADA) raised beds – which are taller and narrower to accommodate wheel chairs – in addition to permeable walkways, a shaded patio, 30 trees, six benches, and a composting area. The grants funds were matched two-to-one within three months from the start of the project.

Teri Knight with NRCS worked with the group on technical assistance and to acquire their farm number with the USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA). The farm number will allow the group to apply for a seasonal high tunnel and pollinator garden through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The group is also working with West Career and Technical Academy, a local high school with a licensed nursery who helped grow more than 500 seedlings for transplanting to the garden. The students worked with a group of disabled young adults to plant the seedlings as part of one of their mentoring programs.

Ray Dotson, Nevada NRCS state conservationist, said, “The raw power of partnerships is on full display with this community based project that is led by the local leaders in conservation. The Conservation District of Southern Nevada made this happen – NRCS just followed their lead!”

CDSN will team up with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and other partners to host composting and healthy soils workshops, interactive educational classes on backyard conservation and integrated pest management, and healthy eating cooking demonstrations at the Zion United Methodist Church demonstration garden.

Other project partners include: Terra Firma Organics, which donated all the soil for the garden; the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, which lead efforts to promote landfill diversion by reclaiming wood to be used for the ADA beds; PD Landscaping; Nevada Partners; Impact Sand and Gravel; Star Nursery; Ahern; Lowe’s; and the Nevada Division of Forestry.

For more information about this project, contact Teri Knight at teri.knight@nv.usda.gov or Amber Bosket at abosket@staterenewableenergy.com. If you would like to see your district’s conservation project featured in eResource, contact Director of Communications Whitney Forman-Cook.