WISH LIST: $100: soil for 400 native tree seedlings at the DC-area nursery; $500: nurtures 70 native trees and shrubs for local parks; $1000: all Tree Bank native-forest plantings for 1 year
When Earth Sangha was founded over a decade ago, its central practice was meditation. But the founders felt that the Sangha, or "community," should do some useful environmental work, and soon the two practices came together. Today, Earth Sangha's Wild Plant Nursery, with over 170 native species in propagation, all generated from seed collected in local natural areas, supports numerous restoration projects by providing the most comprehensive selection of locally derived, native-plant material ("local ecotype" stock) in the region. Its restoration work -- primarily invasive alien plant control and native-plant re-vegetation -- reaches 10-20 field sites per year and includes stream-buffer and parkland restoration. A new Tree Bank nursery has 11 native Hispaniolan species in production, including one vulnerable, one near-threatened, and one endangered species. Close to home, the School Greening program supplies native plants for gardening projects at five to eight elementary schools in Northern Virginia and DC. Working with nature for the sake of nature -- that kind of effort is not just an environmental necessity, but also a profound opportunity to redefine our humanity.
10123 Commonwealth Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22032