My name is Nathan and I am one of the Gathering Ground interns staying on Washington Island for six weeks this summer. I am a senior studying biology with a minor in sustainability management and entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. I have always loved gardening since I was little and when I heard … Continue reading Meet our 2018 Intern Nathan
This article was originally published in the Washington Island Observer Gathering Ground, a nonprofit dedicated to the education, celebration and practice of regenerative agriculture, is now in its second year on Washington Island. The season got off to a late start; with the April blizzard, GatheringGround had to postpone the Earth Day pruning and planting party until … Continue reading Gathering Ground kicks off a new season with Earth Day work parties; farmers markets, potlucks and more coming
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
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
Thanks to our amazing volunteers. In 8 days more than 60 amazing people gathered in the vineyard. Over 250 hours later, we had harvested more than 8,000 pounds! Go Team Grape! A special thanks to Mary Alexis and Ron who brought snacks and water to share. To Sue Dompke, Tim Lyons and Julie Lyons for … Continue reading 2017 Final Harvest Update
JOIN THE ART AND NATURE CENTER AND GATHERING GROUND Thursday, June 29 10 AM at Gathering Ground on Airport Rd FOR A PRESENTATION ON LASAGNA GARDENING Join Russell Rolffs for a demonstration on lasagna gardening. Learn how to prepare a new patch of land for next year's garden by layering different types of everyday (and … Continue reading What is Lasagna Gardening? [demo]
There are a lot of buzz words in agriculture today. GMO, non-GMO, organic? Natural? Sustainability? All of these words are worth learning more about. Today, let's spend some time with sustainability. It is a key word in our mission statement, after all: "Gathering Ground educates youth and adults in sustainable agriculture and promotes economic development through agriculture, … Continue reading What is Sustainability?
Russell enjoyed helping students at the island school with their composting projects.
In the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee, schools and community members are coming together to cut waste and start composting. Compost, nature's black gold, the stuff that makes plants in your garden grow strong and healthy, is nothing to turn your nose up at. If done correctly, compost has no smell. Unlike rotting trash, composting … Continue reading A Model for Community Compost in Milwaukee