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Synopsis: Seattle University was one of the first universities to maintain the campus gardens without resorting to the use of chemical pesticides and was awarded a top national EPA award for sustainable practices.
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Synopsis: I often ask my peers why they don’t manage their landscapes organically and they typically respond that they “don’t have administrative support,” and/or they “don’t have enough gardeners nor the budget to support labor intensive or-ganic gardening practices.” Tyson Kemper
This presentation will address these common challenges informed from our experiences over 8 years of organically managing a 125+ acre campus landscape, which includes a 60 acre restored floodplain wetland, mature douglas fir and western red cedar forest, meadows, lawns, hardscapes, display gardens, native gardens, greenhouse, and a campus population of over 6000.
Synopsis: Renel Anderson is a biochar enthusiast very much involved with research and development of “Green” Biochar Industry. Renel is the founder and president of Biochar Supreme, LLC, manufac-turer of OMRI-Listed Black Owl Biochar products. Her knowledge about the various production methods, biochar characteristics, application methods and uses is comprehensive.
Renel will share how biochar can improve landscapes, and add to the toolbox for maintenance, disease-prevention and while avoiding synthetic herbicides and pesticides. She will also discuss biochar’s ability to prevent run-off and leaching of nutrients and its ability to sorb toxins in soils and water.
Tyson Kemper practices restorative and sustainable landscape gardening at the shared campus of University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia Community College. He came of age in the garden, working for his father’s small landscape business, and later went on to earn a degree in Botany from the University of Washington and a Masters degree in Forest Resources from the University of Idaho. This collective education provided Tyson opportunities to wander, observe, and learn from the wild spaces of the Pacific Northwest while working as an environmental consultant and later as a rare plant botanist for the Washington Natural Heritage Pro-gram. Tyson has since come full circle and found his place beside the buttercups in the garden again.
March 19, 2013
Hosted at: Seattle University
Sponsored by MC Electric Vehicles and Biochar Supreme, LLC
The Workshop enabled over 70 grounds professionals to learn about: