Check out #community #Adopt-A-Drain #volunteers helping to keep our water clean.
MGC4S is proud to support the U of M Environmental Science Students. Their project is focused on informing the community about the excessive amounts of phosphorus that is collected in the lakes of Maple Grove, specifically Rice Lake by human action (improper disposal of yard waste).
Leaves release phosphorus when they break down, representing one of the largest sources of urban phosphorus pollution. When left in the street, leaves make a phosphorus-rich tea that washes down storm drains and directly into our lakes.
Knowledge Test: One pound of phosphorus will produce how many pounds of algae in a lake?
The program is a multi-year pilot of a homestead lifestyle providing self-sufficiency through organic gardening, greenhouse seed germination, livestock, honey and syrup production for personal use.
Pasture and cropland occupy around 50 percent of the Earth's habitable land and provide habitat and food for a multitude of species.
Sustainable agriculture allows us to produce and enjoy healthy foods without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. The key to sustainable agriculture is finding the right balance between the need for food production and the preservation of environmental ecosystems.
Program Sustainability Benefits
• Contributes to environmental conservation through conversion of human-unusable energy into highly nutritious plant and animal-sourced foods
• Saves energy and reduces reliance on nonrenewable energy
• Improves the quality of the soil and prevents erosion
• Improves pest control
• Reduces water pollution protecting watersheds
• Air quality both inside and outside homes will improve
• Reduces the amount of harmful chemicals used
• Improves overall diet and wellness
• Produces less waste
• Use natural solutions and organic methods
• Helps protect and preserve biodiversity
• Produces fewer carbon emissions
Ambitious gardeners that use their garden to replace 20% of bought food, reduce their carbon footprint by about 68 lbs of CO2 per year!
• Reduction in costs
A small garden can save a bundle at the grocery store: an average plot provides “an estimated 300 pounds of fresh produce worth $600,” according to a study by the National Gardening Association (NGA). That estimate is based on an average gardener's investment of $70, so $530 is a pretty impressive return!
• Livestock play a major role in sustainable food systems—for example, manure is a critical source of natural fertilizer
The kids have their own garden!