Invasive Plant Removal

Instead of pulling Garlic Mustard we encourage you to attend our Zoom presentation, Mr. Natural’s Organic Gardening for the Homeowner.

Depending on Garlic Mustard growth, we may meet on Wednesday, April 28 at 6:30 pm to pull this aggressive plant, more information to follow.

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plant species at Cartier Park. We’ll be pulling Garlic Mustard. A discussion to help identify these plants will take place before we start. Meet at the dog park by 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.

Invasive Plant Removal

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plant species at Cartier Park. We’ll be pulling Garlic Mustard. A discussion to help identify these plants will take place before we start. Meet at the dog park by 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.

Invasive Plant Removal

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plant species at Cartier Park. We’ll be pulling the challenging shrub Japanese Barberry with the Uprooter tool. A discussion to help identify these plants will take place before we start. Meet at the dog park by at the end of Rath Ave. Bring water, heavy 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.

Invasive Plant Removal

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plant species at Cartier Park. We’ll be pulling the challenging shrub Japanese Barberry with the Uprooter tool. A discussion to help identify these plants will take place before we start. Meet at the dog park by at the end of Rath Ave. Bring water, heavy 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.

Invasive Plant Removal

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plant species at Cartier Park. We’ll be pulling Garlic Mustard. A discussion to help identify these plants will take place before we start. Meet at the dog park by 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.

Invasive Plant Removal

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plants species at Cartier Park. We’ll start with Garlic Mustard depending on plant growth. A discussion to help identify these plants will take place before we start. Meet at the dog park by 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.

AFFEW Nature Hike Series | Earth Day Quiz Walk

Go for a Walk…Learn more about a local park environment…Celebrate Earth Day – all at the same time!

Participants will at their leisure walk about 1.40 miles following numbered signs placed along the Cartier Park pathway. The signs provide answers to specific questions that will increase your awareness and appreciation for Cartier Park, increase your understanding of Earth Day and offer suggestions on individual efforts we can all take to protect our local environment.

Earth Day | Restore Our Earth

A Month Long Celebration!

AFFEW has been working diligently to bring several safe community events to celebrate Earth Day 2021! We’ll begin with a five week Zoom presentation series starting April 6 that includes a wide range of topics. We’ll also have a fun presentation on Michigan native reptiles and amphibians, perfect for families! In addition we’ll offer some guided hikes locally and a self guided informational quiz walk at Cartier Park.

AFFEW Presentation Series

Watch ALL past presentations on our YouTube Channel!

Tuesday, April 20 | 7-8 pm with discussion to follow
Solar 101
Speaker: Greg Oliver
Agathon Solar

Do you have an interest in exploring the possibility of having solar panels installed at your home? Well then this is the right session for you! Greg Oliver will discuss the benefits of solar and options for homeowners. He’ll also outline the different types of installations, explain Net Metering and the many incentives currently available.

About the Speaker

Greg Oliver is a graduate of Thornwell Presbyterian Divinity College. He has experience in construction, project management, and the use of a myriad of computer platforms and systems. He has been in the solar industry for five years in a variety of roles. Greg is married with three children and loves to serve in a local non-profit.

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    Tuesday, April 27 | 7-8 pm with discussion to follow
    Mr. Natural’s Organic Gardening for the Homeowner
    Speaker: Alan Haslam

    This session will focus on organic gardening and the benefits of composting. Learn how to turn everyday food scraps (non-meat) into a rich soil for your garden. Introducing this “black gold” into your soil will help produce higher yields for your gardening season. Composting is an economical way to enrich your soil while reducing the amount of kitchen waste in landfills. A win-win for you and our planet!

    About the Speaker

    Alan Haslam has been gardening since preschool, thanks to his grandparents, avid gardeners themselves! Grandma and Grandpa Haslam believed in organic methods and lots of compost.

    Alan also learned how to properly trim fruit and other trees from his grandpa. He became a Certified Master Gardener and developed a veggie garden at the Senior Center in Hillsdale. He even had this garden plowed by draft horses and mules! Alan relocated to Ludington in 2013 and worked for Julia Chambers’ landscaping business. He took over some of Julia’s clients after she retired. He called the business Mr. NaturAl’s Gardens LLC, truly promoting natural and organic methods. Alan retired in 2020 and now focuses on expanding his micro farm backyard. 

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      Tuesday, May 4 | 7-8 pm with discussion to follow
      Benefits of Native Plant Gardening
      Speaker: Garrett Noyes
      Birdsfoot Native Nursery

      Join us for an informative presentation on the benefits of adding native plants to your landscape. These amazing plants have adapted over centuries, making them easier to grow and beneficial for the birds, animals and other critters in your yard. They are better suited to handle extreme temperatures, diseases and pests in their local environment. They also adapt well to a variety of soil conditions with limited water. The best part, these beautiful plants continue to add to your landscape over time! 

      About the Speaker

      Garrett Noyes is the co-owner of Birdsfoot Native Nursery located north of Traverse City. They grow Michigan native wildflowers, grasses, sedges and shrubs for landscape professionals, retail nurseries and habitat restoration efforts in the northern part of the state. They are also committed to applying organic practices to their operation. AFFEW partners with Birdsfoot Native Nursery for our annual Native Plant Sale on the second Saturday in June. 

      Sign up for the Native Gardening presentation!

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        Invasive Species Program

        Tuesdays | April – October

        Second Tuesday | 10 am-Noon   *   Fourth Tuesday | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

        Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plant species at Cartier Park. A discussion to help identify these plants will take place before we begin. AFFEW partners with the City of Ludington, Mason-Lake Conservation District and North Country CISMA to eradicate these aggressive plants. Below is more information on some of the challenging invasive plants at Cartier Park.

        Check the schedule on our Events and Activities page for dates we’ll be meeting. 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.

        Unfortunately some of these invasive examples below can still be bought at nurseries. When considering plants for your property choose native species over invasive.  Once an invasive plant escapes into a natural area it can cause significant issues for native plants and wildlife. This includes altering soil chemistry in a way that gives future generations of invasive plants a competitive advantage. 

        Learn more about invasive species and how to report them on North Country CISMA‘s website. View their High Priority Species  page for more information on identify invasive species in Michigan.

        Native Species Alternatives

        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!