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CAPE GAZETTE, Frida Nov. 15 - Nov. 21h202 3 DNREC offers environmental conservation assistance grants As part of the implementation of the environmental conservation componen t of Gov. Ruth Ann Minner's Livable Delaware Initia- tive, the Delaware Coastal Pro- gram of DNREC's Division of Soil and Water Conservation, in cooperation with the Delaware Office of State Planning Coordi- nation, is offering grants totaling $100,000 to promote the use of conservation design for develop- ing areas of the state and to assist in the management of open space conservation areas in residentiaL developments. Local governments interested in conservation design and residen- tial community groups that man- Briefly Holiday greens workshop to be offered Dec. 11 The Delaware Center for Horti- culture will host a holiday greens workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11. Using fresh greens and a wide variety of dried flowers, seeds and fruits, participants will fashion these ma- terials into a holiday design. Bring pruning shears, wire cutters and gloves. The cost is $25 for mem- Journal Continued from page 62 and poultry feed, as well as cover crops. They can even be roasted and ground up to mix with coffee. Dry fava beans are extremely nu- tritious with dry beans. The dry beans contain about 24 percent protein and just two per- cent fat. The young green bean pods can be eaten like green beans and are a good source of iron, magnesium, potassium, as well as trace elements such as zinc, cop- per, selenium, in addition to many vitamins. The pods with the immature beans inside are best eaten when very young, before they form strings along the side. Steam or boil just until tender and drizzle with olive oil or melted butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper. As the fava beans get bigger you can shell them like green peas. Boil lava beans or steam until tender and serve as a side dish. The cooked beans can also be added to soups and salads. Dr. James Parkinson's "Essay on the Shaking Palsy," published in 1817, lent his name to Parkin- son's disease. And fava beans contain levodopa, the very same chemical in medicines used to treat Parkinson's Disease. Not surprisingly, some small studies have shown that the levodopa in fava beans can help control the symptoms of Parkinson's. In fact, a few people state that the effects from fava beans actual- age open space lands can receive competitive grants of up to $20,000. Preproposals must be submitted by Dee. 16. Funds may be used for: The development of local ordi- nances that provide the legal au- thority to utilize conservation de- sign in Delaware. The development of conserva- tion design standards for inclusion in local comprehensive land use plans. The completion of natural re- source and habitat assessments (including GIS mapping and analysis of natural resources) when this work is being complet- ed to enable a local jurisdiction to bers and $35 for nonmembers. For more information, call 302- 658-6262. Nutrient management video is now available The Delaware Nutrient Man- agement Commission has devel- oped a video on Delaware nutrient management, which provides an excellent demonstration and ex- planation of many topics. They in- clude nonpoint source pollution, effect of agricultural and nutrient management practices on non- point source pollution, how Delaware is dealing with nutrient ly last longer than the effects from prescription medications. Some researchers think that lava beans may contain other material be- sides levodopa that could be help- ful. Be forewarned that there is an inherited disease called Favism, which occurs mainly among peo- ple of Mediterranean, African and Southeast Asian descent. People with this rare disease can develop a form of anemia that can result in kidney failure and even death. A physician can perform a blood test to tell if you are at risk. If your doctor agrees that you should try using fava bean you will probably start out with a very small amount. Many people start with just two tablespoons of fava beans a day. Within a week many people will notice whether there is any effect, again under a doctor's supervision. Fava beans fed the Egyptians and the Ancient Ro- marls and are an excellent food, as well as a possible way to help fight the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Growing vegetables that can cure what ails you is an American tradition dating back to the first colonists. And a bit of folklore never hurt. After all, America was named after an explorer who probably made up the stories of his travels, Amerigo Vespucci. Paul Barbano writes about gar- dening and farming from his home in Rehoboth Beach. Address question or comments to him c/o the Cape Gazette. better identify critical resource ar- eas or landscape characteristics needed to plan for conservation design. The implementation of habitat restoration and management proj- ects in open space areas set aside for conservation purposes as part of the development process in Delaware. Local education activities that promote the use of conservation design practices. "'Livable Delaware' will only be successful if it enables success at the local level," said State Plan- ning Director Connie Holland. "Our job is to help local govem- ments find better ways to manage management, how and when peo- ple are affected by the nutrient management program, and how the public can help manage nutri- ents and conserve the environ- ment. A limited number of the videos are available for the public. For more information, call 302-698- 4500 or email steve.hollen- beck@ growth. These grants will support the real work of making Delaware 'livable,' and that work is best done at the local level." Conservation design is a process by'which land is devel- oped in an ecologically sensitive way. It considers the specific land- scape and parcel features and works within the environmental constraints they presenL For example, it usually incorpo- rates more open space that can be managed for active uses and for environmental conservation pur- poses, minimizes the amount of impervious surfaces, provides for innovative stormwater design, protects existing quality habitat areas, and restores degraded habi- tats. In short, according to David B. Carter, Division of Soil and Water Conservation environmental pro- gram manager, "It is a process that melds the good things of past and present development approaches to build better communities, pro- tect more of the environment, and reduce the public's cost to pay for infrastructure." 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