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International Women’s Day: Honoring Indigenous Women as Change-makers in Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Fri, 03/05/2021 - 4:53pm

In Canada and the United States, there are approximately 4.9 million Indigenous women. They are central in their cultures and societies as leaders and knowledge holders. Indigenous women’s leadership in fields including policy, law, medicine, food systems, research, land stewardship, nutritional health and food sovereignty are setting the course for current and future generations.

EFC Integrated Planning Peer-to-Peer Exchange for Municipalities

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Fri, 03/05/2021 - 4:50pm

This webinar will address barriers and concerns for municipalities throughout the integrated planning process. We will hear presentations from two municipalities that have successfully completed wastewater and stormwater integrated plans. We will then move to breakout groups for a peer-to-peer exchange. We will learn about challenges encountered and hear success stories.

April Lunch & Learn: Shifting an Appreciation Reception to an Online Celebration

Submitted by lchance@publicg... on Tue, 03/02/2021 - 5:15pm

Like many public gardens, Reiman Gardens hosts an end of the year appreciation reception for our volunteers. This year, we knew we would not be able to offer the same in person event, so staff quickly shifted focus to developing and creating an online reception to celebrate the successes of this challenging and difficult year. Staff created and shared video highlights and memories from the past year, which included a review of all completed garden projects, top volunteer hours, and a photo highlight video.

On the Trail for Texas Screwstem...Elusive, Tiny, Screwy

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Fri, 02/26/2021 - 3:45pm

Texas screwstem (Bartonia paniculata ssp. texana) is a federally petitioned plant species occurring in eastern Texas and western Louisiana. This obscure member of the Gentian family was first discovered in 1965 and has proven to be elusive ever since. Texas screwstem was petitioned to be listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 2010. With the deadline for a listing decision fast approaching, botanists at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas went on the hunt for this tiny plant.

What it Means to Participate in a Social Impact Study

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Fri, 02/26/2021 - 9:11am

Join the Measurement of Museum Social Impact (MOMSI) team to learn more about this new, national project and what your garden will gain from participating. To answer questions and address concerns about participation, we are hosting two information sessions via Zoom. Advanced registration is required through the links below.

Tree Equity for Climate and Health: State and Local Applications

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Thu, 02/25/2021 - 2:44pm

The legacy of institutional racism including redlining and other discriminatory policies have paved the way for an urban landscape that is deeply divided. Too often, a map of tree canopy is also a map of income and race, with corresponding public health disparities. To address this critical issue, American Forests partnered with the State of Rhode Island to pilot a suite of tools and resources that seek to maximize urban forests for climate and health outcomes through the lens of Tree Equity.

Botany, Race, and Power: The History of Expeditions to Cuba

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:34am

Botanical expeditions have often served not just to create new scientific knowledge, but to consolidate political power. This talk will examine this process in the history of botanical expeditions to Cuba, beginning with the Spanish Imperial expeditions of the 1790s and ending with the first New York Botanical Garden Expeditions to the island in the first decades of the 20th century. The paintings, photographs, and texts produced as part of these scientific explorations reveal how these expeditions drove and were driven by geopolitical and racial struggles of their time.

Foodscaping with Native Plants

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Fri, 02/19/2021 - 3:41pm

Thoughtful design and management of landscapes is more important than ever as concerns of climate, water quality and invasive plants increase. Brie will discuss how to create a foodscape using native plants mixed with favorite seasonal food crops. The best organic products are featured and easy, earth friendly maintenance strategies are highlighted. Learn about native edible plants and the pollinators they attract that aid in ecological restoration.

How Trees Can Save the World - And What We Can Do to Help

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Fri, 02/19/2021 - 3:39pm

Our specific reasons may vary, but we all care about this beautiful planet we call home. Sadly, there is a lot changing here on Earth. There are issues developing that could turn our beloved home into a place that is no longer hospitable for us.

There is good news: we have simple (but not easy) solutions we can implement today. We can look to Nature for guidance. What natural processes created planetary conditions favorable to all members of our planet, including humans, mammals, birds, reptiles, and so forth? 


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