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Category: Sustainability

Memphis Garden Clubs Bring Weed Wrangle to Memphis + Shelby Farms Park

Green doesn't always mean good.  In a recent Commercial Appeal article , Lichterman volunteer Arch Johnston stated that Memphis' forests looked foreign to him, they were so overridden by invasive species and unhealthy. The photo below captures what he was seeing.  To me, and most other untrained eyes, this image looks like a full, healthy forest that is thriving and green even in the winter when this photo was taken. Most people wouldn't believe that the picture... Read More
Posted by Betsy Peterson at 1-29-16 | 0 comments
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Parks' Role in Civil Rights

Yesterday, we celebrated the man who has become synonymous with the words, "I Have a Dream".  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against racial inequality, inspired people to dream of a different world and compelled people to take action and achieve equality for all people. Today, we remember MLK's life and hard work to leave a better world and we look closely at society and what still needs to be done. Inspired by the great work Martin Luther King Jr. did for our country, I wanted to... Read More
Posted by Betsy Peterson at 1-19-16 | 1 comments
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Behind the Scenes | First Eggs Laid at Shelby Farms Park

It is 8:15am as volunteer Steve O'Dell rolls in on his bicycle in the 34 degree weather. Rain or shine, freezing cold or oppressive heat, Steve arrives each morning at the Shelby Farms Park Greenline Gardens. Steve is a calming presence at the Park, coming each day to work in the gardens, direct our Farm to Fork Fellows or work SFPC events with good humor. He consistently brings himself as well as a lesson for the day. Today I am learning how to care for our flock of Shelby Farms Park... Read More
Posted by Betsy Peterson at 1-12-16 | 0 comments
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Honeybee Haven: The Shelby Farms Apiary

Have you ever seen these boxes in the park before and wondered what they’re for? The answer? Honeybees! This bee yard, known as an “apiary,” is home to thousands of bees working to keep our gardens healthy and produce local, sustainable honey right here in Shelby Farms Park.  You might have known that the honey you eat comes from Honeybees, but did you know that Honeybees also play a critical role in producing many of the fruits and vegetables you eat? Each day, worker... Read More
at 10-20-15 | 1 comments
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Building Biodiversity | New Native Trees Coming to Shelby Farms Park

Hey Park fans! Recently, I posted about our biodiversity here at Shelby Farms Park and how we’re working to strengthen our web of life here at the park through our ten-year privet removal plan .  But removing species from the park doesn’t create a “web” itself; there’s a critical second step.  That’s why I’m back today to talk about how we’re strengthening our biodiversity, not through removal, but through additions!  Once invasive species are cleared out of the park,... Read More
at 10-6-15 | 2 comments
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