Native Grass Planting Volunteer Day!

Native grass planting and fence building

Friday, September 29nd 8 am – 4 pm

Meet at Rezzonico Park (next to the Camp Verde Library 130 Black Bridge Loop Rd, Camp Verde). Bring a lunch, water, sun hat, close-toed shoes and clothes that are comfortable to work in. We will provide refill water, coffee, snacks, tools and supplies, and fun facts about native grass.

The Verde Native Seed Co-op, with support from the Nature Conservancy (TNC), will be planting a native grass demonstration field to increase public interest in landscaping with drought tolerant native plants to increase water conservation efforts. We are partnering with the Town of Camp Verde at Rezzonico Park (across from the public library) to grow a half-acre of wild-collected native grasses to showcase the production of drought tolerant native grasses for the public. The proposed               half-acre grass field will be comprised of wild-collected native grasses from the area, including blue gramma, cane bluestem, sand dropseed, giant sacaton, and bull grass. These grasses will increase wildlife habitat, including food for birds, nesting habitat for pollinators, reduce bare ground and beautify Rezzonico Park, which is currently unvegetated and weedy, naturally without chemicals.

This project will help the Verde Native Seed Co-op and TNC educate the public about water conservation, and the use of native plants for landscaping. This site is located near several small farms, which will allow us to contract with local farmers for cultivation and harvesting, while introducing them to an alternative crop. Verde Volunteer Network volunteers will assist with planting, weeding and irrigating. The seed produced will be used for local restoration projects, shared with community volunteers and herbicide free native grass hay will be made available to local gardeners. The long-term goal is to inspire municipalities and private landowners to incorporate native grasses in future landscaping projects.