In order to maintain certification in Montgomery County, Maryland’s Green Business program, businesses are required to report metrics on efforts to implement and educate about sustainable practices. 2011 through 2013 The Abundant Backyard accomplished the following results supporting its mission:
Helping “eager to grow” homeowners and community groups protect our watershed and increase pollination of our local food chain one garden at a time.
550 (approximately) Native Plants Sold and Installed through the following:
20 Conservation Gardens Designed and Installed (Throughout Chevy Chase, Kensington, Silver Spring, Rockville at residences, schools, churches. )
Each plan includes key elements of conservation gardening, native
plants that are drought tolerant and suitably sited, options for permeable
pathways, turf removal, no pesticides or herbicides and use of local organic compost.
25 Native Plant Starter Kits (Butterfly/Shade Gardens) Sold
20 Locally grown Porch Pantry Herb Baskets (container gardens)
15 Locally Sourced Seasonal Outdoor Decor and Floral Arrangements (new
Community Education & Training
1200- 2000 Individuals Educated across 16 venues - on Benefits of Conservation Landscaping. Included dissemination of materials from Silver Spring Green, Friends of Sligo Creek, Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council and Potomac Conservancy (1 or more times at the following:)
- Patuxent Wildlife Center
- Clara Barton Community Center
- Friendship Heights Town Center
- Resurrection Parish
- St. John the Baptist Parish and School
- Archdiocese of Washington Social Ministry Conference
- Fenton Street Market
- Takoma Park Jazz Fest
- Silver Spring Green Fest
- Olney Farmer’s Market
- Audubon Naturalist Society Preschool
- Watkins Regional Park
100 Environmental Education Garden Labs taught through Abundant Backyard Schoolyard Living Laboratory Curriculum for K-6th grades tied to state standards.
50 Clients and Community Volunteers Trained in Conservation Landscape Practices.
200 Native Plant Seed/Compost Starter Balls Distributed at Markets and Special Events(Give-aways with sustainable DIY information)
2 Articles written specifically on Sustainable Gardening, http://washingtonparent.com/articles/1106/enchantment.php and
Watershed Stewardship. http://www.washingtonparent.com/articles/1303/watershed-projects.php