Community Pride

AFFEW and the City of Ludington are inviting Families (people that live in the same household) to help out with a few projects. Please practice social distancing and mask wearing. Post a picture of your family on AFFEW’s Facebook page after your project is done! Thanks for helping our Community! 

Garlic Mustard Pulling at Cartier Park

Each spring, large patches of Garlic Mustard pop up near the the dog park and by the gazebo in Cartier Park. You can help eliminate this invasive species by pulling and properly disposing of it.

Bring water, gloves and wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed toed shoes. Pull garlic mustard from the ground, by the stem, trying to get all the roots out. Place the garlic mustard plants into a doubled plastic garbage bag. Note:  If the garlic mustard plants have seeds on them, try to keep the seed on the plant and in the bag!! Place the double bagged garbage bags in the garbage cans at the park or in your own garbage can at home. Visit the Midwest Invasive Species Network (NISIN) for more information on Garlic Mustard.

Pick-up Trash Around Town and the Beach

Ludington is renown for its great hometown atmosphere and beautiful beaches. Pitch in and make a difference in our community! Wear gloves for your protection and bring a plastic grocery or garbage bag. Walk around town or at the beach and pick up garbage only.  Be careful about glass and/or syringes. No need to collect organic matter, (sticks, dead fish, feathers, leaves, etc.) Thank you for helping keep our community beautiful!

Don’t forget to post a group photo on AFFEW’s Facebook Page of your amazing accomplishments!

Native Plant Sale

Saturday, June 13 * 9:30 am-12 pm

Rotary Park, Ludington

Help protect our species by gardening with native plants! AFFEW will offer a variety of native plants for sale in early June. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for insects, birds and animals. They also require minimal maintenance and the deep root system of native plants absorb more water than a traditional lawn.  AFFEW will partner with Birdsfoot Native Nursery to bring these amazing plants to YOU!

2020 Preorders will be accepted through June 5. This year ONLY garden and signal species flats can be preordered. There will be a LARGE selection of individual quarts available the day of the sale and a representative from Birdsfoot Native Nursery will be there to answer any questions. Check or Credit Card will be accepted for preorders.

AFFEW Members who order Garden or Single Species Flats will receive a 15% Discount on their preorder PLUS admission to the 9 am presale AND an additional 15% discount on all quarts purchased at the presale!

On the day of the sale a variety of safety procedures will be observed to assure the safety of volunteers and attendees. The day will be split between preorders and those purchasing that day. All volunteers will wear face masks while working the event. Hand sanitizer will be available for volunteers and the public. Individuals attending the event are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask for their safety and that of others. Social distancing will be required throughout the event. Thank you for your understanding and support of these necessary safety procedures.

Garden and Single Species Flats

Each Garden Flat comes with 38 organic plugs and a design plan with a mixture of plants. They include instructions and layout for a 4’x10’ garden. These one year plants are grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. They typically do not bloom or reach full maturity until the second year.

Garden Flats | $70

Butterfly GardenPollinator GardenRain Garden
Wildflower GardenLow Growing GardenShoreline Flat Garden
PLEASE NOTE: Plant substitution may take place due to availability for Garden Flats.

Single Species Flats

Single species flats of wildflowers, grasses and sledges are also available and comes with 38 plugs. Wildflowers & Grasses: $56 | Sedges: $70

2020 Single Species Plant List

Invasive Species Program

April – October * Last Tuesday of Each Month * 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plants species at Cartier Park. A discussion to help identify these plants will take place. Meet at the Ludington Central Bark Park at the end of Rath Ave. Bring water, gloves and wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed toed shoes. Event will be held in fair weather, and sometimes wraps up early, depending on site conditions.

 

Household Hazardous Waste Day

Saturday, August 15th * 9 am-1 pm

Mason County Road Commission Building Scottville, Michigan

On the 3rd Saturday in August, AFFEW partners with the Mason-Lake Conservation District to collect hazardous waste. We provide financial support and volunteers for this important annual event. Participation for Mason County residents is free, $10 donation is recommended. Visit the Mason-Lake Conservation District’s website for a list of accepted items.

The 3-County Committee annually requests funds from counties and townships; but with the increase in collection expenses, we are looking for additional funding support for our 2019 collection. Any donation will be a great help in keeping the collection open and available to residents this year. Every $50 pays for disposal of 56 pounds of hazardous material. Safe disposal of these products also helps to ensure that our community and environment stay healthy.

Use the Recycle It map to find businesses in the Mason County area that will take items throughout the year.

Earth Day Celebration Goes VIRTUAL

Due to our concerns for the safety of the public and volunteers during Covid-19, AFFEW’s board of directors have cancelled the April 18 Earth Day Celebration.

Instead we have listed below several resources from organizations that will host virtual events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We can still make a difference as we stay home and be safe! 

Helpful websites to visit during this time:

 

Movies:

Webinars & Podcasts:

Kids Websites & Podcasts:

10 Things YOU can do to make a difference in your home today and every day!

  1. Clean up your neighborhood, remembering social distancing.
  2. Go through your clothes or “things” and really reflect on what you use, need.
  3. Donate or give to someone when able to.
  4. Recycle metal?
  5. Reduce your use of items! Try to reduce plastics.
  6. Bake or make food from scratch, DIY lotions, etc
  7. Start composting, planning a native plant or vegetable garden.
  8. Eat vegetarian at least once a week.
  9. Plant a tree or two! (Contact Julia Chambers for free native tree seedlings)
  10. Use “green” supplies.

Invasive Species Program

April – October * Last Tuesday of Each Month * 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plants species at Cartier Park. A discussion to help identify these plants will take place. Meet at the Ludington Central Bark Park at the end of Rath Ave. Bring water, gloves and wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed toed shoes. Event will be held in fair weather, and sometimes wraps up early, depending on site conditions.