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Backyard Sustainability

What is Sustainability?

The concept of sustainability is based on the fact that everything humans need to survive is based either directly or indirectly on our natural environment. Sustainability looks to the future and asks; how do we fulfill our needs now and ensure that the needs of our children and grandchildren will be met?

If you are interested to learn how you can make a difference, the NC State Extension will host a Backyard Sustainability Series this spring. These classes will help Cape Fear area residents learn skills to live in harmony with their natural environment and help to preserve our natural resources for future generations to enjoy.

This is a free, online, 8-week course. Participants must register for the entire class series.

  • Classes are held each Wednesday from 6:30–7:45 p.m. via Zoom.
  • After registering, participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and password prior to each class.

2021 Backyard Sustainability Class Series Schedule:

March 10:  Our Ecological Backyard

March 17:  Stormwater Solutions (With Anna Reh-Gingrich, City of Wilmington Heal our Waterways)

March 24:  Native Plants for Wildlife

March 31:  Backyard Composting (With Matt Collogan, N.C. Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agent)

April 7: Trees for Resiliency

April 14:  Pollinator Plants for Coastal North Carolina

April 21: Local Foods and Food Waste (with Meghan Lassiter, N.C. Cooperative Extension FCS Agent, Brunswick County)

April: 28:  Recycling Right (with Feletia Lee UNCW Recycling)

Stay tuned for dates for 2022!

For more information on this class series, contact Amy Mead at