WC-UMC

Walker Chapel UMC

Sanctuary Open for Prayer: Sunday, 9:00 am
Adult Study: Sunday, 9:30 am
Worship: Sunday, 10:30 am
Children's Sunday School: Sunday, 10:45 am


Kirsten Ann Conrad

Agriculture Natural Resource Extension Agent

Virginia Cooperative Extension

 

Kirsten provides leadership to the Agriculture Natural Resources programs of Arlington County and the City of Alexandria. She trains and supervises the efforts of 3 separate volunteer organizations- Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, Tree Stewards of Arlington/Alexandria, and Arlington Regional Master Naturalists. These volunteer organizations provide advice and research based information on horticultural best management practices, invasive plant and animal management, ecology, soil and water conservation and quality, urban forest advocacy, landscape design and maintenance, pest management, pesticide safety.  Kirsten works closely with local neighborhood associations, community gardens, area Farmer’s Markets, private citizens, local businesses, and special events coordinators to present research based education to all citizens of Arlington and Alexandria.


Kirsten joined the Arlington County Extension program in September 2007.  Before coming to Virginia she spent 4 years in Eastern Delaware advising homeowners on sustainable design and horticultural best management practices. Kirsten spent 12 years in Bloomington, Indiana where she owned and operated a landscape services business, organized Indiana University’s Tree Donation program, and served on the Board of Directors of Hilltop Garden and Nature Education Center. She held a Visiting Lecturer position in the School of Recreation and Park Administration at Indiana University and received Advanced Master Gardener status while serving as President and Vice-President of the Monroe County Master Gardener Association.   She has lectured and developed workshops on many horticultural topics including, xeriscaping, IPM, invasive species management, basic garden design, pesticide safety, poisonous plants, tree and herbaceous plant selection, pruning, and plant propagation.  Her professional interests include ethnobotony, school gardening, forensic botany, and sustainable landscape design.

Professional Associations

Virginia Association of Agriculture Extension Agents, Virginia Extension Service Association,  American Horticultural Society, International Society of Arboriculture, National Association of County Agricultural Agents, Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals

 

Kurt Moser 

President TSAA

Kurt Moser is an independent researcher/ecologist and co-founder of the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation. As a TreeSteward (class of 2010), he has coordinated several grant-funded tree planting and tree giveaway events in Alexandria, and he was a member of the TreeStewards board from 2012-2015. His past experience includes nearly seven years as a program manager for Earth Force, a nonprofit fostering youth-driven civic action to solve environmental problems, as well as three terms on the Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission.

 

 

 

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The FORUM

Last year we started a series of presentations called The FORUM.  The theme of the 2017 Forum was dedicated to opening our doors and minds to the community and world around us and to engage in conversations with people from all walks of life about the important issues of the day.  We were honored by presenters from the United States Institute for Peace, the Washington 2017 Lawyer of the Year for Immigration, the work of the Dangerous Speech Project, and Thomas Rainer and his vision of a cottage garden.  All were well attended by the community around us and the most unexpected pleasure was the Q&A sessions where the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience of the attendees was awesome. 

In our book clubs this year we are finishing up reading Grounded by Diana Butler Bass.  It is, of course, a book about religion and faith but the focus is on what people believe today; about dirt, water and sky; and our relationship to the environment around us.  And so the idea came forth to move the Chapel along that path in 2018 and to serve as a conduit to increase community involvement and awareness in what groups like yours offer so one person could hear and make a difference. 

 

February FORUM

February's FORUM will be held on Wednesday the 21st from 7:30pm to 9:00pm starting in the Sanctuary and moving to the Fellowship Hall for snacks and conversation.  Our presenter this month is Kirsten Ann Conrad, our Agriculture Natural Resource Extension Agent of the Virginia Cooperative Extension.  The Extension is  our local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.  Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, the extension helps the people of Arlington and Fairfax counties improve their lives and the environment.

Kirsten's presentation will help us increase our awareness of the landscape around us as we honor our place in the living ecosystem of our communities. As urban dwellers we take a holistic view to landscape management practices and recreational activities to ensure sustainable management of especially soil, water and air quality.  Topics close to us all will be covered such as the protection and promotion of pollinators, tree canopy coverage, pesticide and herbicide reduction, and other best practices. 

 

March FORUM

Our March FORUM will home in on the tree canopy we all enjoy so much in our corner of Virginia.  Our presenter will be Murt Moser, President of our local chapter of Tree Stewards. Tree Stewards of Arlington and Alexandria are volunteers who take the lead within their communities to enhance a sustainable urban forest through volunteer activities and public education programs. Their volunteer activities include:

  • planting, pruning, mulching and watering of street, park and school trees
  • leading neighborhood Tree Walks and speaking at community gatherings
  • advocating for trees wherever and whenever needed
The Forum will include topics such as how to safely remove ivy from your trees,  the Tree Owners Manual, and how to recycle your old trees as lumber.  The Tree Stewards website offers many valuable links to information and resources each of us can use right now to protect the trees around our homes and neighborhoods.

 

Come Join the FORUM

 If you would like to come and be part of the Forum, please let us know via email to ie@uinspire.us