Because the question of wastewater is a timely issue right now on the Island and throughout Door County, Gathering Ground asked its intern Sheridan Ash to attend the talk with Dr. Bouchardt in Egg Harbor earlier last month. “What you put on the land, you will drink,” Microbiologist Dr. Mark Borchardt explained the general rule of thumb … Continue reading Door and Kewaunee geology a factor in groundwater contamination
This article first appeared in the Washington Island Observer By Jessica Dennis On Wednesday, May 29, students in grades 3-12 had the opportunity to give back to our community through a service learning day at Gathering Grounds with Russell and Alessandra Rolffs. Through a race in the vineyard, students picked up pruned pieces of the … Continue reading Island School at Gathering Ground
First published in the Observer By Russell Rolffs, Gathering Ground executive director Recently I saw a sign at the entrance of a garden that read: “If nothing is eating your plants, your garden is not part of the ecosystem.” The message to gardeners, I think, is to be proud when your plants are preyed upon … Continue reading Planning Ahead for the Rose Chafer
Mark your calendars! Dinner in the Vineyard 2019 will be held Thursday, August 29. So save the date and start making your plans to join us on Washington Island for a night of amazing food, amazing people, all in the amazing green abundance of our Vineyard. We will keep you posted for when tickets become … Continue reading Save the Date • Dinner in the Vineyard
It’s been an exciting year at Gathering Ground. The community spirit in the vineyard and orchard has been inspiring. We hosted Island students as well as volunteers and guests from around Wisconsin to help us plant, prune, and celebrate sustainable agriculture. Read our End of Year Report to learn more! We are also thankful to … Continue reading End of Year Giving
Gathering Ground and the Art and Nature Center hosted a potluck and talk in the vineyard on Friday, Aug. 17. The topic was “Invasives in Door County,” with the following presenters: Krista Lutzke, Door County Soil and Water conservationist; Kari Hagenow, Door County Invasive Species team coordinator and The Nature Conservancy Door Peninsula land steward; … Continue reading An Outdoor Classroom
Join us for Dinner in the Vineyard, Saturday Sept 1! We are exciting to be hosting some of the top local chefs. The evening will include a cocktail hour with passed appetizers and libations from local breweries and wineries. A vineyard tour will be followed by a big table, family-style meal featuring fresh, local ingredients prepared … Continue reading Dinner in the Vineyard! Sept 1!
The Farmers Market at Gathering Ground is growing! We are happy to have new vendors joining us, including Pat Nikolai with crafts and baked goods, D. Marie with Jewelry, Folk Tree Farm with mushrooms and goat milk soap, Island Edibles with delectable desserts and microgreens, Sweet Mountain Farm with Honey, and Island Harvest and Hoot Blossom … Continue reading The Farmers Market is Growing
This article comes to us from Eliza Greenman's blog "Unconventional Stories from an Apple Farmer". Located in Virginia, Eliza is doing revolutionary work for apple farmers. Here is a blog that she wrote in 2016, that inspired further conversation and articles everywhere from NPR to Food and Wine Magazine. We are honored to have her … Continue reading There’s More to Eating Ugly
I’m Lucille Theodora Little, sophomore UW-Milwaukee student in Environmental Science and Geography. I am an avid fan of nature, data science, and cheese. There are many things I’m looking to learn in the future--language, cheesemaking, beekeeping, gardening, programming, painting, mapmaking, biology, ecology, cultural geography, and more. Certainly, this is quite a few things, and … Continue reading Meet our Intern Lucy!