URI Healthy Landscapes Program is a collaborative effort
with URI Cooperative Extension Programs and the Town of
North Kingstown, Rhode Island that began in September
The URI Healthy Landscapes Program includes
the following partners:
Cooperative Extension Home*A*Syst Program, one of
four programs within the URI
CE Water Quality Program, provided the overall
coordination of the program, including installation of
the demonstration sites, as well as the development of
educational materials and workshops promoting
healthy landscape techniques.
GreenShare Program provided the link with the
professional landscape community. They conduct
professional training and publicize healthy landscape
Channel 10 TV’s The
Master Gardener Program provided volunteers to
host and assist with local demonstration sites.
Master Gardeners have been trained in healthy landscapes
and provide education at events and programs.
of North Kingstown, RI -- Town Council, Conservation
Commission, Groundwater Committee, departments of Water
Supply & Planning and Development, and Town Manager's
office all partnered in this project.
were the original inspiration behind this project’s
efforts and continue to promote healthy landscape techniques
to community members. Protecting and conserving water
resources is of utmost importance to the Town.
The Healthy Landscapes Program relies on a technical team that provides support
in the development of Program Resources including demonstration sites, printed
materials, and media outreach.
This Team consists of URI faculty,
staff, master gardeners, and landscape professionals. In addition, the University
of Connecticut faculty and staff lead an effort to coordinate and share information,
resources and programs on the topic of sustainable landscaping among Cooperative
Extension Water Quality Programs throughout the New England Region.
of Rhode Island:
URI College of the
Environment and Life Sciences
of Plant Sciences
Department of Natural
College of Human Science and Services
URI Institute of Human
Science and Services - providing technical
assistance with program evaluation.
Richard Clark, Clark Farms and past
Nursery and Landscape Association
Frank Crandall, Wood River Evergreens
Mike Merner, Earth Care Farm
David Renzi, Out In Front Horticulture
Paul Thompson, Thompson Organic Landscaping
Garden Supply Stores in the North Kingstown Area:
Gillette's Home and Garden Center (Kingston Agway)
Allen's Seed Store
Northeast State and Caribbean Islands Regional Water
Center, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
NESCI Regional Water Center works to
improve water quality management through educational knowledge
and extension programming that emerges from a research base.
The program builds on the strengths of the Extension Water
Quality Programs at the Land Grant Universities throughout
of Connecticut Faculty and Staff
The Sustainable Landscaping Focus Area
is being led by the University of Connecticut (UCONN) Cooperative
Service with support from UCONN, College of Agriculture and
Natural Resources faculty and staff.
Water Quality and the Home Landscape
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
NIFA advances knowledge for agriculture,
the environment, human health and well-being,
and communities through national program leadership
and federal assistance. USDA NIFA is funding
both the Healthy Landscapes Education Program
the NESCI Regional Water Center.
material is based upon work supported by the National
Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department
of Agriculture, National Integrated Water
Quality Program, under Agreement No. 2002-51130-01939.