NEW DATE! Home Gardening Restoration on a Shoestring Workshop

Saturday, January 7 | 10 am-1 pm | Lakeshore Resource Center

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.

AFFEW Members $5 | Non-members $10
Payment is accepted the day of the event.
Limited to 20 participants!
To get registered, email your contact information, including phone number, to makeadifference@affew.org.

More about Sarah Pregitzer

Born into a family of scientists and educators, Sarah grew up in West Michigan, graduated from University of Michigan, and completed graduate work at. Michigan State and Michigan Tech.  She taught her favorite humans, middle schoolers for 34 years, before retiring to work on environmental projects, her animals and her travels.
 
Sarah and her husband Randy Butters, founded the Newaygo Invasive Plant Project (NIPP) consulting with landowners and working with the Forest Service and other stakeholders to identify and control  invasive plants in sensitive local areas.  Sarah has worked with the Great Lakes Stewardship Iniative as field coordinator for 10 years.  She and Randy are adopters of a section of the North Country Trail and are Michigan Nature Association Sanctuary Stewards.
 
Her very favorite activity however, besides walking with her dogs or riding her horse, is helping folks do restoration projects cheaply, easily and while having a great time.

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!

Welcome to U Dig It Community Garden!

The U Dig It Community Garden is a membership based organic garden that was established in 2010. We’re located behind the United Methodist Church of Ludington. Garden boxes are provided for personal use in a organic and sustainable environment. We depend on our members to volunteer by maintaining the garden boxes, grounds and equipment. Our journey with AFFEW began in January 2022 when our organizations merged!

In the fall of 2021 we began our expansion of the garden. By the spring of 2022 a dozen additional block beds were installed with the generous support of SRM Concrete  through their Giving Back program. We also received support from Lowe’s of Ludington and T & M Landscaping and Tree Removal as an in-kind sponsor who provided equipment and labor to complete the project. After a busy spring and with the help of our volunteers, UDICG now has 59 beds!

In addition to personal boxes, we work directly with our local food pantry Lakeshore Food Club. We provide healthy produce in support of food security for our community. In 2021 our members and Grow a Box Gardeners donated one third of the produce to Lakeshore Food Club!

This year with the help of Michigan State University Extension we will introduce the U Dig It! Gardening Series. This educational series is for our members and the community. In Photo by Ron Sullivanaddition we’ll host the Dig It! Youth Summer Series for 7-11 year olds. This is an interactive program run by AFFEW and MSU that grows, tastes and donates produce to our community. They also learn and experience a variety of aspects about nature, birds and our environment.

Garden Bed Availability
Existing members are given the opportunity to retain their beds before it is opened up to the public. I you’re interested in being placed on the list for next years consideration, contact Sara Bolan, UDICG Director.

Our Mission
To educate its members and the general public in healthy eating by promoting sustainable practices through organic farming, composting and environmental education for children and adults. Through volunteerism and donations from our gardeners, one third of the produce is provided to support food security for our community.

When should I start my seeds?
It’s always a challenge to decide when it’s the right time to start seeds. Here’s a handy seed starting calculator that helps take the mystery out of when to plant! Download the Spring Seed Starting Calendar for Ludington.

Help support AFFEW and UDICG by becoming a member or making a tax deductible donation!

Native Plant Sale 2022 — With Preorders

Saturday, June 11 | 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Rotary Park, Ludington

Help protect our species by gardening with native plants! AFFEW will offer a variety of native plants for sale the second Saturday in June. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds for many insects, birds and animals. They are also hosts for many butterflies all year long. Native plants also require minimal maintenance and their deep root system absorb more water than a traditional lawn. With the continuous decline of the Monarch butterfly population you can make a difference by creating a habitat for these beautiful and important orange butterflies!

Last year our sale introduced over 1600 new native plants to our community! AFFEW will again partner with Birdsfoot Native Nursery to bring these amazing plants to YOU!

There will be a LARGE selection of individual quarts and gallon plants available the day of the sale and a representative from Birdsfoot Native Nursery will be on hand to answer any questions. Preview the 2022 Species List-Guide that may be available the day of the sale. This list is neither complete nor guaranteed, but is a great way to see approximately what we will have to offer.

AFFEW MEMBERS who PREORDER Garden or Single Species Flats will be discounted $10 off Garden & Shrub Flats | $7 off Single Species Wildflowers & Grass Flats PLUS admission to the 9-10 am presale AND an additional $1 off quarts/$2 off gallons purchased at the presale!


2022 Preorders will be accepted through May 8.

Garden and Single Species Flats

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

Garden Flats | $88 (Tax Included)

Butterfly GardenGrassland Garden (New)Pollinator Garden
Rain GardenSemi-Shade GardenShoreline Garden
 Tall Prairie Garden (New) 
PLEASE NOTE: Plant substitution may take place due to availability for Garden Flats.

Single Species Flats

Single species flats of 38 plugs are also available for wildflowers, grasses and shrubs. Wildflowers & Grasses: $66 | Shrubs: $88 (Tax Included) Species NOT AVAILABLE: Harebell, Wild Petunia, Lead Plant and Prairie Smoke.

2022 Species List-Guide

Native Plant Sale 2022

Saturday, June 11 | 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Rotary Park, Ludington

Help protect our species by gardening with native plants! AFFEW will offer a variety of native plants for sale the second Saturday in June. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds for many insects, birds and animals. They are also hosts for many butterflies all year long. Native plants also require minimal maintenance and their deep root system absorb more water than a traditional lawn. With the continuous decline of the Monarch butterfly population you can make a difference by creating a habitat for these beautiful and important orange butterflies!

Last year our sale introduced over 1600 new native plants to our community! AFFEW will again partner with Birdsfoot Native Nursery to bring these amazing plants to YOU!

There will be a LARGE selection of individual quarts and gallon plants available the day of the sale and a representative from Birdsfoot Native Nursery will be on hand to answer any questions. Preview the 2022 Species List-Guide that may be available the day of the sale. This list is neither complete nor guaranteed, but is a great way to see approximately what we will have to offer.

Native Plant Sale 2021

Saturday, June 11 | Time 930am-1230pm

Rotary Park, Ludington

Help protect our species by gardening with native plants! AFFEW will again offer a variety of native plants for sale. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for insects, birds and animals. Native plants also require minimal maintenance and their deep root system absorb more water than a traditional lawn. With the continuous decline of the Monarch butterfly population you can make a difference by creating a habitat for these beautiful and important butterflies!

Last year our sale introduced nearly 1600 new native plants to our community! AFFEW will again partner with Birdsfoot Native Nursery to bring these amazing plants to YOU!

There will be a LARGE selection of individual quarts and gallon plants available the day of the sale and a representative from Birdsfoot Native Nursery will be there to answer any questions. Preview a list of plants that may be available the day of the sale. This list is neither complete nor guaranteed, but is a great way to see approximately what we will have to offer.

Having problems with deer eating your plants? View the list of deer resistant native plants from the Lansing chapter of Wild Ones. We’ll have several of these plants available the day of the sale.

Preorders for garden and single species flats of grasses and sedges are going on now as supplies last! Sample designs are below. AFFEW MEMBERS who preorder Garden or Single Species Flats of Grasses and Sedges will receive a 15% Discount on their preorder and purchases made before 10am the day of the sale!


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.

Deadline for preorders is May 23!

 Garden Flats | $70

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

Single Species Flats | Grasses: $56 | Sedges: $70

Single species flats of grasses and sledges are also available and comes with 38 plugs.

SSPL Revised 5/1/2021

The deadline for preorders is May 23!

Invasive Plant Removal

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plant species at Cartier Park. Depending on turnout, we’ll be splitting into two groups and work on weeding the native plant garden around the gazebo and installing a rock border. In addition, we’ll be pulling the plant mugwort east of the pavilion. Meet at the gazebo parking lot by Lincoln Lake. Bring water, heavy gloves and wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Small shovel or hand tool weeder is also helpful. Event will be held in fair weather, and sometimes wraps up early, depending on site conditions.

Native Plant Sale

Help protect our species by gardening with native plants! These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for insects, birds and animals. They also require minimal maintenance and water. AFFEW will partner with Birdsfoot Native Nursery to bring these amazing plants to YOU!

 

Native Plant Garden & Single Species Flat Preorders

Help protect our species by gardening with native plants! AFFEW is taking Preorders through May 23 for Garden & Single Species Flats. All preorders can be picked up at our Native Plant Sale sale on June 12. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for insects, birds and animals. They also require minimal maintenance and water. AFFEW will partner with Birdsfoot Native Nursery to bring these amazing plants to YOU!

Learn more about this event on our Native Plant Sale page!

 

AFFEW Nature Hike Series | Exploring Nature Close to Home

Learn about unique plants, trees, animals and birds close to town with local author and botanist Dave Dister! He’ll point out the variety of species found in the wetland, open field and hiking trails found behind Ludington United Methodist Church. In January 2020 Dave self-published “The Birds of Mason County, Michigan.” He’ll have copies of his book available for sale the day of the hike.

Sorry but this hike if FULL!