Colorado native grass. (Photo courtesy: CSU Extension).

 

Ariana Gloria-Martinez

Hola a todos!

Ariana Gloria-Martinez is a proud Chicana master’s degree student in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department’s Rangeland Ecosystem Science program at Colorado State University.

Her thesis research works to center and document the herstories, lived experiences, leadership, contributions and ways of knowing of Lakota, Diné, Chicana, Latina y Hispana womxn ranchers across Turtle Island (the so-called Western United States).

She is also the Small Acreage Management Coordinator for Colorado State University Extension, Boulder County, where she works to support small acreage landowners and aims specifically to expand the reach of community-based land stewardship and connection programming and development to meet the needs and interests of historically excluded and overburdened diverse communities of the global majority across Boulder County regardless of land ownership status.

Gloria-Martinez is committed to centering ways of healing, thriving, taking action and standing in solidarity con nuestra comunidades who continue to fight for the holistic health, rights and liberation of our peoples, all our more-than-human-kin and Mother Earth in varied and transformative ways.

LAND STEWARDSHIP WEBINARS
Every summer, Taylor Gifford, Natural Resources Volunteer Coordinator with the City of Longmont, hosts a wonderful City of Longmont Speaker Series. This year the speaker series is being offered virtually. Online registration required prior to the webinar date. Before the class, you will receive an emailed video conference link. Be sure to follow this link ahead of class to make sure everything is working. Contact Gifford for general information or if you have any questions: 303.774.4864.

• Noxious Weeds, Noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 24
Join Gloria-Martinez of Boulder County Extension to learn about noxious weeds in Boulder County. What is a “weed”? Is it the Kentucky bluegrass in our flower bed or the bindweed in our vegetable garden? What ecological mechanisms make weeds so successful in establishment? We’ll have a community discussion on what defines a “weed,” some common weeds in our region and how we can manage them to make more room for our native plant relatives and microfauna. Register on JoinUs: bit.ly/3dkbSMN

• Native and Ornamental Grasses, Noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 7
Join City of Longmont representatives and Boulder County Extension Horticulture Agent Deryn Davidson in this class about native and ornamental grasses. The class covers the basics of grass identification and how to use a variety of grasses in a landscape. Register on JoinUs: bit.ly/3dbPWDn

Introduction to LandPKS (Land Potential Knowledge System) Mobile App, Noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 12
Join Gloria-Martinez to learn about the LandPKS Mobile App. Use this app to learn more about the soils and therefore the vegetative and wildlife habitat potential of your land. Learn how to plan and track management actions with the app and how to monitor soil and plant community health indicators over time. Register on JoinUs: bit.ly/3JNuYqD

Do you have any ideas for land stewardship/climate justice topics you’d like to collaborate on, learn more about and see covered in upcoming small acreage stewardship webinar series, community pláticas, workshops and/or field training?

Please email [email protected] with any ideas, as I’d love to hear from you and make sure the Small Acreage Management Program at Boulder County Extension is working for you by working across the county to co-develop and co-create community-based educational events, programming, gatherings and native plant walks near you.

Also check out our CSU Extension Small Acreage Management website for more information, resources, and a wonderful array of recorded
small acreage management webinar videos at: sam.extension.colostate.edu.

By Ariana Gloria-Martinez. Ariana is the Small Acreage Management Coordinator for Colorado State University Extension, Boulder County in Longmont.