Begun last year, the Urban Land Scouts are a contemporary scouting group dedicated to teaching urban people to practice good stewardship of the land in their cities. Everyone's encouraged to join, but you can come to badge activities even if you don't plan to complete the formalities.
This Street Talk interview from last year with creator Katie Ries by Travis Gray explains it some:
The ULS is pouncing on spring already; here is a listing of their upcoming activities at Beardsley Community Farm.
All workshops are on Wednesday from 5-7 pm at CAC Beardsley Community Farm (1719 Reynolds St., behind the Cansler Boys and Girls Club). All workshops are free and will meet no matter what the weather. Wear closed toe shoes and dress to be outside. Everyone is welcome, but minors be with a guardian.
March 30th, Level 2 - Mapping
Help map plants in Knoxville an earn an Urban Land Scout badge! This week we will walk and note things for our collaborative map.
April 6th, Wednesday, 5-7 pm,
Level 3 - Seed Bombs!
Earn an Urban Land Scout badge! This week we will make seed bombs and talk about native plants, restoration, and germination.
April 13th, Wednesday, 5-7 pm,
Level 4 - Eat Wild
We will be joined this week by the wise Jeff Ross, of Blackberry Farms, to learn more about foraging for wild edibles in our city.
April 20th, Wednesday, 5-7 pm,
Level 5 - Growing Vegetables
This week of Urban Land Scouting we will plant vegetable seeds in containers and send participants home with seed to tend.
April 27th, Level 6 - Blogging
Today we will write, and draw to create elements for a zine and blog post about Urban Land Scouting. Materials will be provided.
May 4th, Level 7 - Seeds
Today we will look for seeds in the wild to harvest as well as checking on some of our previously established seeds and starting another round.
May 11th, Level 8 - Perennials
This week we will talk about choosing, planting, and maintaining perennial plants in an urban setting. There is no cost and we will meet no matter what the weather.
May 18th, Level 9 - Compost and Worms
Worms! Today we will talk about compost, worms, how to start a small worm compost bin.
May 25th, Level 10 - Share the Harvest
Today we will visit the numerous fruit and nut trees at Malcolm Martin park and help harvest at CAC Beardsley Community Farm.
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