Dinner in THe Vineyard was a success

Gathering Ground hosted its third annual fundraiser celebrating local farms and local chefs on Sept 12. The event included a cocktail hour with passed appetizers, a five-course meal, cider and wine, and live music by Island musicians, Pauline, and The Bell-McDowell Band and a silent auction. Thank you to everyone who made the Dinner a success: our … Continue reading Dinner in THe Vineyard was a success

EC#3: Haunted Landscapes and Agricultural Land

By Emma Knicklebine In my last two blog posts, I have set before you some ecocritical theories that have had a huge impact on how I’ve thought about my work at Gathering Ground.  Now, in my last post, I reflect on the internship by setting out another concept, one grounded in the past, present, and … Continue reading EC#3: Haunted Landscapes and Agricultural Land

Forest Path Connecting School to Gathering Ground

This fall Washington Island students had a field day roaming the woods between Gathering Ground and Island School. Since then, they have been working in groups to design a path that connects the school to “The Grounds.” And we couldn’t be more excited!  The physical connection of the two properties will create easy access for … Continue reading Forest Path Connecting School to Gathering Ground

Sheep at Gathering Ground

by Russell Rolffs, farm manager This year, Gathering Ground grazed six White Dorper sheep, rotating them through the vineyard June to August and then the young chestnut and fruit orchards the rest of the season. Combining livestock with crops is a sustainable practice because it creates a harmonious relationship between two agricultural pursuits wherein the … Continue reading Sheep at Gathering Ground

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