Celebrate Earth Day in May

Celebrate Earth Day     Washington Island, Wisconsin  — Celebrate Earth Day in May — May 4-6, Gathering Ground, a nonprofit based on Washington Island with a mission to educate youth and adults in sustainable agriculture, promote economic development, and strengthen the health of individuals, the community, and the environment, will celebrate Earth Day with … Continue reading Celebrate Earth Day in May

A Look at Farmers’ Bulletin (Part 2)

So I must admit that I’ve become enthralled by the Farmers’ Bulletins. I now know the best way to remove coffee stains from artificial silk, “now commonly called rayon by the trade” from Bulletin 1474, entitled “Stain removal from fabrics: home methods.” And if I’m honest, I’m as pleased to learn that rayon was once … Continue reading A Look at Farmers’ Bulletin (Part 2)

Fifth grade students starting a mini classroom garden

By Jessica Dennis This article first appeared in the Washington Island Observer   The fifth grade students have been learning extensively about plants lately! We have been learning about the different classifications, ways plants reproduce, and why photosynthesis and cellular respiration are so important. We started a “mini-garden” in our classroom of Cosmo flowers, cherry … Continue reading Fifth grade students starting a mini classroom garden

Elevating our thoughts and hopes

Since 1889, the the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been publishing farmers’ bulletins to disseminate the latest in agricultural science and research. I was recently reading through the first bulletin and was surprised by its poetic language. In making a case for why the USDA was setting up research stations across the country (still recovering … Continue reading Elevating our thoughts and hopes

Partnership

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”  Aldo Leopold Wisconsin’s own esteemed conservationist, Aldo Leopold, most succinctly states my feelings about Gathering Ground’s vision to “cultivate and inspire ecologically-minded agriculture and partnership with land and people.”  As … Continue reading Partnership