Latinx Landscape Network Takes Shape & Grows in Numbers

Gracias por un gran evento

(By Tommy Diaz, Healthy People & Communities Program Manager)

The Latinx Landscape Network is beginning to take form as more landscapers join our events. We are grateful to have hosted a wonderfully planned workshop  on Friday, June 10th. Our partners connected with the attendees and established a comfortable space for conversation and idea sharing. Latine landscapers braved the downpour and heavy Friday traffic, making their way to Clackamas Community College’s Environmental Learning Center to learn and share with their community. We discussed sustainable weed and pest control practices, vegetative structures (like rain gardens and bioswales) and obtaining the Oregon EcoBiz certification.

Everyone was able to share their ideas and ask questions while enjoying some tamales and a fizzy drink. There was big interest in continuing these events and sharing more information about safe & sustainable landscaping practices.

We thank Ramiro Gonzalez, Arnulfo Lopez, Jacob Rose of Wild Rose Consulting LLC, and Michael Strauhal of Ecobiz for being a part of this conversation. Their contribution and passion was contagious. And it paid off.

Classroom with people sitting at tables and speaker in front by projector slide with butterfly on it
Photo: Sharalyn Peterson Photography

We plan to hold/table at more Spanish language events later this year, focused on spreading awareness about pesticides and their detrimental effects on human and environmental health. Through these educational events we have been able to establish a space for landscape professionals to share their knowledge with each other.

A big thank you to our funders who help maintain this network going forward: Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District (TSWCD), Clackamas Water Environment Services (CWES), The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, and Henry Lea Hillman Jr. Foundation, among others.

If you are interested in contributing to the Network or have any questions around this bilingual program, contact Tommy Diaz at [email protected]


Latinx Landscape Network Toma Forma y Crece en Números

Nuestro Latinx Landscape Network sigue tomando forma mientras más landscapers se suman a nuestros eventos educativos. Estamos agradecidos por los talleres muy bien planeados que tuvimos el viernes 10 de Junio. Nuestros colaboradores se conectaron con los asistentes al evento y establecieron un espacio cómodo para proponer conversaciones e ideas. Jardineros latinos desafiaron a la torrencial lluvia y el tráfico de día viernes, llegando hasta el Environmental Learning Center de Clackamas Community College para aprender y compartir con la comunidad. Discutimos acerca de prácticas sustentables de jardinería, estructuras vegetativas (como jardines de lluvia y canales biológicos), y sobre cómo obtener la certificación del programa de Ecobiz.

Todos pudieron compartir sus ideas y preguntas, mientras disfrutaban de unos tamales y bebidas. Hubo gran interés en continuar estos eventos y compartir más información acerca del manejo sustentable de jardines.

Queremos agradecer a Ramiro Gonzalez, Arnulfo Lopez, Jacob Rose de Wild Rose Consulting LLC, y a Michael Strauhal de Ecobiz por formar parte de la conversación. Su contribución y pasión fueron contagiosas. Y valió la pena.

Planeamos organizar más eventos en español este año, enfocados en concientizar acerca de los pesticidas y sus efectos tan dañinos a la salud humana y medioambiental. A través de estos eventos educativos nosotros hemos sido capaces de establecer un espacio seguro para que los profesionales de la jardinería puedan compartir sus conocimientos e ideas.

También queremos agradecer encarecidamente a quienes ayudan a financiar esta red para que siga adelante: Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District (TSWCD), Clackamas Water Environment Services (CWES), The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, y Henry Lea Hillman Jr. Foundation, entre otros.

Si está interesado en contribuir a esta Red o tiene preguntas acerca del programa bilingüe, contáctese con Tommy Diaz at [email protected]

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