Archive for February, 2010

February 24, 2010

Office Sighting: Seeds!

Southside Community Land Trust’s seed orders have arrived in the mail – germinating has commenced!

February 24, 2010

Bird Watching

The Great Backyard Bird Count fever hit City Farm last week. Rich invited friends of SCLT and staff to help report, for a second year now, on what bird species were hanging around Somerset in 2010. While there were four less species identified this year than last, the turn out was still impressive for our urban habitat, as more birds were sighted than last year (a whopping 42 more).

The Bird Count gave us an opportunity to connect with what other life is nurtured in our community, as well as acknowledge the critical role birds play in City Farm’s ecosystem: spreading seeds, eating insects, inhibiting weed growth and not only as conduits for the effective functioning of natural ecosystems, but also as good indicators of the general state of our biodiversity.

Here’s 2010’s census:

Species* Number of BirdsĀ 
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Herring Gull 20
Rock Pigeon 12
Mourning Dove 4
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 24
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 40
Song Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 4
House Sparrow 7
Total 117
February 11, 2010

The Urban Agriculture Calendar

Starting in Fall of 2009, members of the Urban Agriculture Task Force (UATF) got together to make a list of all food growing workshops around the city. Their discussions and planning resulted in the creation of this lovely calendar:

First up – the March 20th SpringĀ kick-off!

High praise belongs to fellow AmeriCorps VISTA Jamie Fredricks for her amazing work in pulling it all together. Thanks Jamie, and UATF!

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