The Urban Land Scouts are a new group helping modern urban people become better stewards of the land and communities where they live. Membership is open to all.Also, here are the core values of an Urban Land Scout:
These are also the ten levels of the Urban Land Scout, and you can see the logical progression--from observing and identifying to harvesting, sharing, and composting. What I especially like about ULS is that it's a project with built-in accountability on several different levels; yes, the project itself is about being mindful of our (urban) environment and connection to food creation. But also, in order to earn a badge, each of the scouts has to document the achievement and report back to the site. One of the tenets of the group is to share information (to blog about it!), resulting in wider awareness of the project and its goals.
1 – The Urban Land Scouts looks at the land daily; he is observant of and attentive to it.
2 - The Urban Land Scout tries to identify and use the plants in her neighborhood.
3 - The Urban Land Scout seeks to cultivate native or edible plants in whatever soil he can access and tend.
4 - The Urban Land Scout is fed by the land in which she lives.
5 - The Urban Land Scout makes an effort to grow vegetables.
6 - The Urban Land Scout plants and cares for seeds.
7 - The Urban Land scout shares information freely and teach others what she knows.
8 - The Urban Land scout is lucid, patient, and rooted in the land where he lives.
9 - The Urban Land Scout composts with the help of worms.
10 - The Urban Land Scout shares her harvest.