Welcome to U Dig It Community Garden!

The U Dig It Community Garden is a membership based organic garden that was established in 2011. 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!

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 addition 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

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!

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!

AFFEW Presentation Series | Benefits of Native Plant Gardening

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!

Sign up for the Native Gardening presentation!

    Native Plant Sale

    Second Saturday in June | 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 and are hosts for for many 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 orange butterflies!

    Since its inception, AFFEW’s Native Plant Sale has helped introduced thousands of native plants to our community! In April we accept preorders for a variety of garden flats that include 38 native plant plugs and a layout for a 4’x10′ garden. The day of the sale we’ll have a LARGE selection of native plant species and shrubs available for you to make a habitat for these beneficial insects.

    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.

    AFFEW Movie Night-POSTPONED

    Hometown Habitat explains the importance of using native plants along with highlighting success stories in conservation landscaping.

    Begin at Home Practical Methods for Small Restoration Projects on a Shoestring Budget

    AFFEW is pleased to have Sarah Pregitzer with the Newaygo Invasive Plant Project present on native garden transformation.

    Many stewards long to transform their personal landscapes with pollinator gardens, rain gardens, and meadow areas to replace traditional landscapes. Most can’t afford to hire a professional. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore methods of propagating and planting natives that are cheap, easy and highly successful . We will learn about native seed collection and storage, site preparation, winter sowing and making seedballs. All of these techniques can be adapted to schools or church groups that want to make a difference on their own land .

    Participants will receive information and materials to begin their own native garden transformation. Registration deadline has been extended to October 16! Maximum number of participants is 24. Please fill out the form below and bring payment the day of the event.

    Consider becoming a member of AFFEW and receive a discount on this program and support future events and causes.

    Native Plant Restoration Registration

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      Native Plant Sale

      Help protect our species by gardening with native plants! AFFEW will offer a variety of native plants for sale in 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 water. AFFEW will partner with Birdsfoot Native Nursery to bring these amazing plants to YOU!