Gardening is Giving Recap

What a wonderful evening we had! Creation Sarah Swift Morgan shared the DUCC’s plan for sharing our harvests with each other and the Christian Neighbors Food Bank. She showed us her method of getting remarkable yields from tiny gardening containers, and many ideas for making them.

Compost Ken, our dear friend, came back to give us a crash course on making the best loamy, nutritious soil from our yard and food waste without a lot of effort or fuss. In particular we saw his invention — a good looking compost container for any yard — that is very easy to use and maintain. See pics of the bin below and email Ken if you’d like to buy or build one for your yard.  Here’s a crib sheet of Ken’s best compost tips.

Together we watched this, which we recommend watching more than once:

And we explored all the kinds of plants and flowers and shrubs and trees we can be planting in our own yards to keep our bee populations healthy and strong. This is a world-wide effort underway, like a global victory-garden movement, if you know what we mean. And we encourage everyone with a pot to plant in or a yard or acreage to landscape to consider planting to bring back the bees.

Here are the slides from Sarah and Ken’s presentations. Please take the time to review them.

Growing is Giving Presentation

DIY Composting Workshop.EDIT

Planting for the Bees 2

Sarah also recommended this book, because Mason Bees are wildly good pollinators, and it’s easy to host homes for them, which can be easily made or purchased in gardening stores in real life and online:

And Ken wanted to point out the so-cool seed library at Herrick District Library in Holland:

https://herrickdl.org/hdlseedlibrary

And he asks that we find ways to support the Holland Area Beekeepers Association, and find ways to thank them:

http://www.hollandbees.org/

We are gathering a mailing list, if you would be interested in hearing about our Creation Justice Programs by email. It’s easy to sign up, just send us an email at ducccjt@gmail.com, or subscribe to this blog using the link above, and we will make sure to alert you of upcoming events.

Happy planting, people.

Please share this post with the gardeners you love!

Namaste!

 

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Gardening is Giving

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When:      May 8
Time:        6:30pm Refreshments, 7:00pm Presentation
Where:     Friendship Hall, Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ,
                   56 Wall Street, Douglas, MI 49406
This Spring the DUCC Creation Justice Team’s spring gardening program is “Growing  Is Giving,” an exploration of gardening as a way of giving back to both the community and the environment. A slate of speakers — soon to be announced! — will talk to us about how our own patches of land and what we grow on them can replenish the soil, feed our friends and neighbors, and how what we grow can have a very real impact on feeding the pollinators we need to sustain growth for all of the landscapes we share. Stay tuned for the full list of speakers, old friends and new, and reserve your space now by signing up at the DUCC Friendship Hall sign-up sheet, or on the DUCC Facebook event page.

What a Waste: Food Waste and Our Future

What a Waste: Food Waste and Our Future
Thursday, March 15, 6:30pm
Douglas UCC Friendship Hall
56 Wall Street, Douglas, MI
Program is free, public is welcome.

On Thursday, March 15, the Creation Justice Team’s next environmental education program entitled What A Waste: Food Waste and Our Future, presenting local and national Environmentalist Tracey Shafroth, who will teach us about the impact of food waste on our environment and steps we can take at home and in the world to help curb it. Tracey serves on the Michigan Advisory Board of the Environmental Law and Policy Center, on the Midwest Council of the National Parks Conservation Association, is a fellow and member of the Keller Science Action Center at the Field Museum, a strategic advisor to the Vital Lands Program of the Grand Victoria Foundation, and a volunteer for Freshwater Futures. We will open the doors of the Friendship Hall at 6:30pm for dessert and coffee. Tracey’s talk will begin at 7pm, with time afterward questions and more conversation. This event is open to the public. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to join us.

Green Gardening is FUN

Also, it was delicious. Also inspiring. And sweet. And funny. Our May 11 evening presentation-and-dessert Green Gardens event drew a huge and good-looking crowd!

We used the cool new tech (hello big presentation screen!) and old tech (that one coffee pot? Not happy.) Such big thanks to our presenters, Avril Freeman, the agricultural educator, her daughter Hazel, who brought comic breaks to the evening:

And Ken Freestone, master-composter-among-other-green-roles, who made dirt-making sound fun and important. (So many ways composting helps the environment!)

I don’t want to make a long post about it, but do want to share resources along with the slides, to help us all get started. If you have more resources, farms, seed sources, plant swaps, composting supplies, farms, markets to share, please post them in the comments!

Here goes:

Were you inspired to start growing food in your flowerpots, on your borders, in a straight-up veggie plot? Here’s a helpful planting calendar.

Going to grow from seed? You might want to wander up to Zeeland to visit this place.

Want to learn more about trading plants you’ve started? Connect with Avril.

No thanks, you’d rather save your manicure, support a farmer, and buy a local share of a farm’s fresh produce? Shop local community-supported Ag here.

And of course, there is our own, local and lovely Saugatuck Farmers’ Market at the SCA. Fridays from 9am to 3pm, starting on the 26th!

Want to get started composting? Want one of the cool compost bins Ken designed? He’ll make and deliver them, or he will put together a kit you can assemble yourself. And the basics, hand-out-forms and how-tos are all right here.

Want to reach Ken directly, to talk about putting a Green Michigan bin at your home or business? Write to him here.

Want to donate to Greenmichigan.org to thank Ken and his team for all the love and time he’s given DUCC? There’s a handy donate button right here.

Download Avril’s Green Gardening Preso

Ken’s Compost Presentation