Natural Resource Issue: Increase the use of natural methods of pest control and maintenance of soil health to protect air and water quality.

Concern and location: The district has more subdivisions and parks than agricultural land. Urban development is located throughout the district. Locally-grown organic products from urban and forest farms can reduce negative impacts (when compared to large agricultural operations, man of which are outside the US) on air and water quality. The district will help urban and forest farmers rely on natural methods of pest control and maintenance of soil health.

Three Year Goal(s): The challenge for the district is to foster sustainable farming practices, through education and cooperation, which will protect natural resources, and meet the needs of a maturing, urban population.

2015

  1. Increase education in of natural resources conservation and sustainability. Investigate the feasibility of creating a Junior Master Gardener Program
  2. Develop a long-range plan for the use of sustainable natural resource policies and increased urban farms
  3. Create partnership for running an EBT program at a local farmers’ market
  4. Develop a long-range plan for a district urban farming program

2016

  1. Increase education in schools of natural resources conservation and sustainability. Ensure that solutions are based on science
  2. Implement one action item from Junior Master Gardener Program study
  3. Implement one action item from long-range plan for the use of sustainable natural resource policies and increased urban farms
  4. Work with local governments on implementing sustainable natural resource policies and increased urban farms
  5. Apply for at least one urban farming grant

2017

  1. Increase education in schools of natural resources conservation and sustainability. Ensure that solutions are based on science
  2. Implement one action item from Junior Master Gardener Program study
  3. Implement one action item from long-range plan for the use of sustainable natural resource policies and increased urban farms
  4. Work with local governments on implementing sustainable natural resource policies and increased urban farms
  5. Apply for at least one urban farming grant