Winter is for planning and reflecting on the land at Gathering Ground

By Russell Rolffs. This article first appeared in the The Washington Island Observer. Winter evenings are best spent sitting near the stove and dreaming of what to plant in the spring. The same is true for us at Gathering Ground. Our vision is to develop the grounds into an extensive network of orchards and gardens … Continue reading Winter is for planning and reflecting on the land at Gathering Ground


Hello Neighbors!  We are Gathering Ground — the nonprofit that now manages the former Lyon’s vineyard on Lake View and Airport. We want to say hello and let you know what we are up to.  Gathering Ground is an educational nonprofit established in winter 2016 with a focus on celebrating sustainable agriculture. We draw on … Continue reading WHO IS GATHERING GROUND? (ISLAND MAILER)

Building a Pavilion

Gathering Ground is excited about building a pavilion that will serve as a site for our educational programs and as an outdoor classroom to augment the Island School’s experiential education. We are grateful to Washington Island Women's Club and the Detroit Harbor Ladies Aid,  both of which gave donations earmarked for the pavilion. The pavilion … Continue reading Building a Pavilion

Baa Baa Baa — Sheep at Gathering Ground!

In April, 2020, we will be welcoming six White Dorper hair sheep to Gathering Ground. We couldn’t be more excited. A big part of our motivation is to experiment with using the sheep to keep the weeds in the vineyard and orchards at bay, and to offer their gift of fertilizer to the ground to … Continue reading Baa Baa Baa — Sheep at Gathering Ground!