Freezer Tomato Salsa Workshop

It is time to enjoy the end of summer tomato harvest! Let’s have some fun in the kitchen. Freezer salsa is easy and fresh tasting. MSU Extension nutrition  instructor Kendra Gibson will lead the group through an easy to make salsa recipe. Everyone will leave with a few jars to take home.

Bring your favorite summer snack to share. Feel free to make copies of your recipe. If you have extra garden tomatoes, onions, and peppers you can bring those to share or put in your own salsa. We will provide jars, additional tomatoes and supplies. Let’s chat, exchange food preservation ideas, and enjoy time together! Learn more!

Free to UDICG/AFFEW members/$5 non-members | Maximum 14. To get registered please email Sara Bolan with your name and phone number.

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.

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.

Vermicomposting for Your Garden

In this FREE hands-on presentation, participants will learn about the benefits of using worm castings in home gardens and how to set up a basic home vermicomposting bin to turn kitchen scraps into plant food. Participants will have the opportunity to touch, smell, and take home red wiggler worms and worm castings produced locally at Michigan Worm Works in Manistee.  Learn more about this session.

This session is FREE. Registration is required. Please email Sara at to save your spot.

Earth Day Celebration

Our annual Earth Day Celebration will be an interactive, in person all day event! We’ll have a variety of speakers presenting and informational booths representing the community and our partners. The day will include activities for children including a live reptile show and a guided hike. We’ll also have tours of the U Dig It Community Garden located behind the church. Visit our Earth Day Celebration page for more information.