Posted on April 1, 2015 at 10:20 AM
I recently had the opportunity to ride along with the District Conservationist for the Norman Field Office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service,(NRCS). It turns out we were visiting Betty Leggiero from Kudo's Medicinal Herb Farm. I know Betty, she has attended several workshops that the District has conducted. But, today we were visiting her to check out her brand spankin new Hoop House.
Betty had received Cost Share Funds through the NRCS to build the Hoop House and it was time for a spot check. Betty also received some Technical Assistance concerning Grassed Waterways and Diversions to handle soil erosion. While they were busy discussing business, I took a walk around and what I saw impressed me!
Betty has a green roof! And rain barrels are everywhere!
And she tells me that she couldn't have built her roof without the help of these guys. OU Sustainability Department Students came in droves to work on this project. They added Cottonseed Hulls, Vermiculite and Coconut hulls, then topped it with mulch. The whole project took 3 hours.
She uses solar!
Then, there was the chickens and chickens coops, her composting, and the HERBS! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed visiting Betty and brushing up against herbs. She didn't even say anything when she caught me snipping a sprig of Rosemary to tuck into my pocket. When was the last time that you were able to visit one of Cleveland County's local producers???? Well, you're in luck because Betty's Kudos Farms will be at Norman's Farmers Market beginning April 4th, go by and say HI!