This article was originally published in the Washington Island Observer By Jessica Dennis The beginning of May was a busy time for our fifth grade students! We took a field trip to Gathering Ground where Russell and Alessandra Rolffs taught the students how to plant apple trees. The students worked together in groups to dig holes, ‘dunk’ apple trees in a fungi solution,and plant appropriately without … Continue reading Planting up a storm at Gathering Ground
With a new season ahead of us, we are moving some information around on our website to highlight the latest news from Gathering Ground. An explanation of our name has found home on the front page for almost a year and now it's moving over to the blog. We pondered names for quite some … Continue reading Why the Name “Gathering Ground” ?
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
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)
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
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
We are excited to share our first Annual Report! You can read it as a slideshow or as a webpage. A Few Highlights: From Russell Rolffs, Board President: In 2018, we will also begin pioneering a low-impact vineyard management program for Northern Hybrid vineyards in the Midwest. With the help of experts from around the … Continue reading End-of-Year Report