Glossary of terms

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Agriculture - the science or practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops.

Air Pollution - a contamination of the indoor or outdoor environment by any chemical, physical or biological agent that modifies the natural characteristics of the atmosphere.


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Biodiversity - the variety of life in a particular habitat or ecosystem.


Berries - a small roundish juicy fruit without a stone.


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Carbon sequestration - The process of drawing down carbon dioxide into the soil. This is one method of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere with the goal of reducing global climate change.


Champions - supporting a cause through donations, private giving, memberships, or sponsorships.


Climate - the weather conditions prevailing in an area in general or over a long period.


Climate Change - change in average conditions (?), such as temperature and rainfall, brought on by humans producing greenhouse gasses and pollution.


Compost - decayed organic material used as a soil conditioner.


Connectors - glue that holds everything together.


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Earth - the only home all life has.


Ecology - the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.


Erosion - general wearing down and molding of landforms on the Earth’s surface.

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Fertilizer - a chemical or natural substance added to soil or land to increase its fertility.


Food - any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink or that plants absorb in order to maintain life and growth.


Fruit - the sweet and fleshy product of a tree or other plant that contains seed and can be eaten as food.


Fruitful Community - a neighborhood, city, or county that has financially and organizationally committed to the conversion of the majority of public land to Productive Urban Landscapes.


Fruitful Library - a library whose landscape feeds the community’s people and wildlife.


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Grower - Growers spend their days weeding pollinator gardens, trimming bushes and trees, and harvesting fruit and nuts for the public.


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Landscaping - Purposeful nature (often around buildings).


Land stewardship - the conservation of your property’s natural resources and features over a long period of time.


Leaders - those with decision-making power to move forward the Fruitful Communities Initiative forward.


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Mow and blow - of or relating to a quick, cheap, rudimentary lawn care service in which one cuts the grass, blows the clippings away with a leaf-blower, and then departs.


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Native Plants - a plant that has been here long enough to evolve to support insect and animal life and other plants in their ecosystem.


Noise Pollution - unwanted or excessive sound that can have harmful effects on human health, wildlife, and environmental quality.


No Mow Monday - to allow the earth to rest by not using lawn mowers or leaf blowers on Mondays.