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txH2O Winter 2008

EARTH-KIND promotes environmental stewardship

EARTH-KIND, Texas AgriLife Extension Service's Department of Horticulture landscape management program, promotes research-proven techniques to provide maximum gardening and landscape enjoyment while preserving and protecting the environment. The program is used throughout Texas by AgriLife Extension, Master Gardeners, and others.

A recent addition to its web site is the "EARTH-KIND Challenge," an online quiz that tests people's knowledge of EARTHKIND principles. This 25-question quiz asks for input about topics such as landscape design, plant selection, efficient irrigation, and insect and disease management. The quiz then generates a personalized score to show the person taking the challenge how well his or her garden is sustaining a healthy environment.

Dr. Don Wilkerson, AgriLife Extension horticulturist, said if the person is using anything other than the optimal EARTH-KIND practices, the challenge will then suggest changes in landscape practices. It will also provide additional information, including links to AgriLife Extension publications on related topics. The quiz is available at http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/EarthKind/EKChallenge.html.

Its web site also contains the "EARTHKIND On-Line Master Gardener Training Program" that enables Master Gardeners to receive special certification in its environmental stewardship program.

EARTH-KIND recently partnered with the Texas Water Resource Institute to increase the public's and specific stakeholders' knowledge of environmental stewardship of urban landscapes and water resources.

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