Thursday, September 8th, 2022 from 8:00 am to 11:30 am at Brines Farm (6384 Walsh Rd., Whitmore Lake, MI 48189)
The Washtenaw County Conservation District will host an educational MAEAP Field Day at the farm of Shannon Brines, 6384 Walsh Road, Whitmore Lake in Webster Township. Shannon Brines is a Lecturer at the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative at the University of Michigan, and at the field day he will discuss and demonstrate several regenerative agriculture techniques.
In particular, he will discuss the benefits of keyline water management to conserve water and build topsoil as well as alley cropping – where rows of trees and/or shrubs are planted to create alleys within which agricultural crops can be produced. In addition, John Cox of nearby Baseline Farm will discuss the potential for grazing cattle between the alleys as well as the benefits that cattle and other grazers can have on pasture health. Registration required.
"Michigan’s first Soil Conservation District law was a legislative response to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and substantial drought across the nation; and the devastation left by the Dust Bowl was a tragic wake-up call that productive soil and clean water are vital for the daily sustenance and food security of all residents.
Michigan Public Act 297 of 1937, which established Conservation Districts, was introduced, heard before committee, passed by both Chambers of the Legislature, and signed into law by Governor Frank Murphy in only 96 days with great urgency. July 17th is the 85th anniversary of the passage of this act!" (click here to learn more)
Although Washtenaw County Conservation District was established 74 years ago, Conservation District Day reminds us of our purpose as a Conservation District and how much we love serving Washtenaw County!
Thank you everyone who joined us to swap native plants at the Ypsilanti District Library Whittaker Branch on June 12th! This potluck-style event encouraged everyone with an interest in native plants to attend whether or not they brought a plant to "pass".
Some of the native plants that showed up included: coreopsis, New England aster, ostrich fern, brown-eyed Susan, yarrow, nodding wild onion, hairy beard-tongue, stiff goldenrod, and many others!
Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum (MBGNA) was a Supporter of this year’s Native Plant Expo & Marketplace. MBGNA has two incredible locations for visitors to experience a wonderful diversity of Michigan and Great Lakes habitats filled with all kinds of native plants. Both properties are carefully planted and maintained in order to support biodiversity and encourage visitors to experience the wonders of these unique natural areas.
All 2021 habitat grant projects have been planted following the plant distributions this spring! The individual project reports will be shared as we receive them. The latest report comes from a home-owners association, the University Palisades, who transformed their entrance island from dreary ornamentals to a small native plant oasis. Click below for their full report with pictures. Can't wait to see this native plant island mature!
We want to thank all 11 organizations who've applied to the 2022 WCCD School & Community Habitat Grant. We've assembled a committee to review the applications and will announce the awardees next month. So exciting to see all the project ideas from such different groups.
August 4th, 8:30am-4:30pm 705 N Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI
This service is for private drinking water wells only. Public water supplies are tested regularly. Please do not bring samples from public water supplies or non-drinking water sources. Only drinking water well samples will be tested. You do not have to use a special bottle for this screening. Any small clean jar will work—one ounce of water is enough. Learn more.
MAEAP Field Day
Thursday, September 8th from 8:00a.m. to 11:30a.m.
Farm (6384 Walsh Rd., Whitmore Lake, MI 48189)
Learn about the benefits of keyline water management to conserve water and build topsoil as well as alley cropping – where rows of trees and/or shrubs are planted to create alleys within which agricultural crops can be produced. In addition, we will discuss the potential for grazing cattle between the alleys as well as the benefits that cattle and other grazers can have on pasture health. Registration required.
Fall Tree & Native Plant Sale
Friday, September 30th from 1:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Washtenaw County Farm Council Grounds
Pre-orders will open on August 12th, 2022 on the WCCD online store or the paper order form, with more details in the August newsletter.