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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Conservation From The Ground Up

If you have wondered how to improve your hard, clay-like soils and what can be done to provide a safer habitat for native pollinators and people, the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District?s (SWCD) Conservation From the Ground Up workshops will provide tips for improving both on your property. Two identical "Conservation From the Ground Up" workshops are scheduled on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA)headquarters, located at 8120 Kinsman Road in Cleveland. The workshops will be held at 1:00 ? 4:00 p.m. and again from 5:00 ? 8:00 p.m. They are designed for interested urban gardeners, farmers, and landscape professionals. Featured speakers Denise Ellsworth, a noted pollinator expert and state agronomist Mark Scarpetti will delve into the connection between soils, plants and pollinators and how to create a landscape that improves all three. There is a $10 fee for the workshop, which includes parking, light refreshments, helpful educational materials and a chance to win door prizes. Denise Ellsworth is the Program Director, Honey Bee and Native Pollinator Education with the Ohio State University Department of Entomology. Mark Scarpetti, State Agronomist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and a Certified Crop Advisor. Together with Cuyahoga SWCD staff, they will discuss soil health for sustainable crop production and why good soils and plant diversity benefits pollinators, which includes a visit to nearby Kinsman Farm. Bethany Barski, Sustainability Manager for CMHA will provide a brief overview of the sustainability efforts on CMHA properties. Registration: $10 per person (light refreshments)Seating is limited: Please reserve by August 22, 2012Call Gloria Kestranek, 216/524-6580, ext. 10or email gkestranek@cuyahogaswcd.orgProfessional contact hours are available.Cuyahoga SWCD?s mission is to promote conservation of land and aquatic resources in developed environment through stewardship, education and technical assistance. If you have wondered how to improve your hard, clay-like soils and what can be done to provide a safer habitat for native pollinators and people, the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District?s (SWCD) Conservation From the Ground Up workshops will provide tips for improving both on your property. Two identical "Conservation From the Ground Up" workshops are scheduled on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA)headquarters, located at 8120 Kinsman Road in Cleveland. The workshops will be held at 1:00 ? 4:00 p.m. and again from 5:00 ? 8:00 p.m. They are designed for interested urban gardeners, farmers, and landscape professionals. Featured speakers Denise Ellsworth, a noted pollinator expert and state agronomist Mark Scarpetti will delve into the connection between soils, plants and pollinators and how to create a landscape that improves all three. There is a $10 fee for the workshop, which includes parking, light refreshments, helpful educational materials and a chance to win door prizes. Denise Ellsworth is the Program Director, Honey Bee and Native Pollinator Education with the Ohio State University Department of Entomology. Mark Scarpetti, State Agronomist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and a Certified Crop Advisor. Together with Cuyahoga SWCD staff, they will discuss soil health for sustainable crop production and why good soils and plant diversity benefits pollinators, which includes a visit to nearby Kinsman Farm. Bethany Barski, Sustainability Manager for CMHA will provide a brief overview of the sustainability efforts on CMHA properties. Registration: $10 per person (light refreshments)Seating is limited: Please reserve by August 22, 2012Call Gloria Kestranek, 216/524-6580, ext. 10or email gkestranek@cuyahogaswcd.orgProfessional contact hours are available.Cuyahoga SWCD?s mission is to promote conservation of land and aquatic resources in developed environment through stewardship, education and technical assistance.

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