From Prairie Plants to Prairie Critters: a Macro Journey

Photo by Dave Jagodzinski

Join AFFEW for this presentation where you’ll learn about introducing native plants into your landscape and the beauty of photography. Professional photographer, Dave Jagodzinski, will talk about how and why he photographs native plant species along with a stunning slideshow of his photography. He’ll outline how he fell in love with Illinois prairies and decided to photograph them. Dave will also discuss the importance of critters – bugs and insects – that are an important part of the native plant community and how you can’t have one without the other.

Dave’s photography will inspire others to launch their own journey and develop their style by adding perseverance and following their passion, not the crowd.

FREE to AFFEW members/$5 non-members. 

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UDICG Open House

Photo by Ron Sullivan

U Dig It Community Garden (UDICG) and A Few Friends for the Environment of the World (AFFEW) will host a Lucky 13 Open House on Saturday, August 5 from 10 am-12 pm to celebrate thirteen years of gardening excellence! Tours of the  garden will take place throughout the morning plus representatives will talk about youth and adult programs offered during the season. The event will also focus on the relationship with our local food pantry, Lakeshore Food Club and West Michigan Community Mental Health, Dimensions Unlimited. This will be a fun, family friendly event that will include a variety of raffle prizes and free giveaways!

UDICG is located behind the United Methodist Church of Ludington at 5810 E Bryant Rd.

All About Natives! NEW DATE!!

Need help deciding what native plants are best for your property? Then this presentation is for YOU!! Cheryl Gross, President of Plant It Wild, will give information about the benefits of ecological gardening with native plants and how best to incorporate them into your landscape based on your growing conditions. Also, a few ‘experts” will be on hand afterwards. 

Plant it Wild is a small, independent, non-profit centered in Benzie and Manistee Counties founded over 20 years ago. They offer educational Programs annually between May and September and host several field trips. Their mission is to promote the appreciation and protection of native plant communities in our region. Visit their Facebook Page PIW-Plant it Wild and website to learn more information about their organization.

   

To get registered, Email your contact information, including phone number, to makeadifference@affew.org.

NEW DATE! Home Garden Restoration on a Shoestring

Have you ever wanted to transform your personal landscape to a pollinator garden, rain garden, or a meadow area to replace traditional landscapes? In this hands-on workshop, Sarah Pregitzer will demonstrate methods of propagating and planting natives that are cheap, easy and highly successful. She will talk about native seed collection and storage, site preparation, winter sowing and making seedballs. Participants will receive information and materials to begin their own native garden transformation.

   

To get registered, Email your contact information, including phone number, to makeadifference@affew.org.

Payment is accepted the day of the event. (AFFEW Members $5/Non-members $10) Limited to 20 participants!

Seed Saving Workshop

Ann Gilchrist, local garden enthusiast, will be discussing the differences between GMO/bio-engineered, hybrid, organic and heirloom seeds. Participants will learn which garden vegetables are good candidates for seed saving and how to collect and store seeds for maximal germination. She will also be sharing information on collecting seeds from native plants and their germination requirements.

This session is FREE. Registration is required. Please call the MSU Extension office at 231-845-3361. Learn more about other free programs.

Disease and Pest Management in the Garden

Take a walk through the garden with Farmer John (John Ferree) who has had nearly 20 years of experiences as an organic grower of vegetables and cut flowers in the Midwest. We will look at live pest issues and discuss how to best deal with pest and disease challenges using organic methods. John takes a whole system approach to pest and disease management that considers climate, season, soils, plant stress, and fertility.

This session is FREE. Registration is required. Please call the MSU Extension office at 231-845-3361. Learn more about this session and other free programs.

Dig It! Youth Summer Series | It’s all about BIRDS!

Representatives from Sable Dunes Audubon Society will talk about the many birds seen around the garden and we’ll build birdhouses to attract MORE!

Get signed up by calling the MSU Extension office at 231-845-3361. We’ll email you a registration form to complete your registration and a list of instructions to make it a great experience. You can also Get Registered online. Space is limited! WE WILL CONTACT YOU IF ANY OF THE SESSIONS YOU REGISTERED FOR ARE FULL!!

Dig It! Youth Summer Series | Exploring the Garden and Beyond! | NEW DATE!

Learn about the many treasures found in the garden and surrounding areas on our nature scavenger hunt!

Get signed up by calling the MSU Extension office at 231-845-3361. We’ll email you a registration form to complete your registration and a list of instructions to make it a great experience. You can also Get Registered online. Space is limited! WE WILL CONTACT YOU IF ANY OF THE SESSIONS YOU REGISTERED FOR ARE FULL!!

Dig It! Youth Summer Series | Art from Nature

The class will meet at the Lakeshore Resource Center due to rain!

We will be exploring different ways to make art with a variety of items, many found at the garden!

Get signed up by calling the MSU Extension office at 231-845-3361. We’ll email you a registration form to complete your registration and a list of instructions to make it a great experience. You can also Get Registered online. Space is limited! WE WILL CONTACT YOU IF ANY OF THE SESSIONS YOU REGISTERED FOR ARE FULL!!

Dig It! Youth Summer Series | Garden Exploration

Learn about yummy veggies. We will be picking vegetables and replanting a new crop!

Get signed up by calling the MSU Extension office at 231-845-3361. We’ll email you a registration form to complete your registration and a list of instructions to make it a great experience. You can also Get Registered online. Space is limited! WE WILL CONTACT YOU IF ANY OF THE SESSIONS YOU REGISTERED FOR ARE FULL!!