New information on our July field trip has been added to the members page
Naida sent me this info
Jennie and Gail sent me this information to share. Events have been added to the calendar as well. The calendar includes websites as well.
Plants of Distinction program Feb21, Novi https://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=854094F0DADC5C02
MSU beginning farmer webinar series contains some classes that will interest some gardeners, such as a mixed fruit orchard, blueberries. https://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=FA99E1B5F67C3AEC
Master Gardener Training Course – Belleville (Wayne County)
(In the past, if they checked ahead of time for space, Master Gardeners could attend new training sessions for review and ed credit)
Jan 23, 2017 – May 1, 2017 | Wayne County Community College District, Western Campus, 9555 Haggerty, Belleville, MI 48111
Smart Gardening with Vegetables 101 Webinar Series
Jan 24, 2017 – Feb 28, 2017 | webinar
Evenings in the Garden – Winter 2017 Series
Jan 26, 2017 | 28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48377
Photo Tour of the Natural Communities of Michigan
Feb 1, 2017 | University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens Auditorium, 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Monroe Conservation District
SPRING 2017 CONSERVATION PLANTS SALE
Monroe Conservation District Spring 2017 Conservation Plants Fundraiser Catalog coming very soon. Hard copies will be mailed next week and will also be available on our website – http://www.MonroeCD.org. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to receive a hard copy of the tree order form, please reply to this e-mail with your name and mailing address, or call the Conservation District office, 734 241.7755 Ext 5.
Order deadline, March 24, 2017. Pickup dates Pickup: Friday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Monroe County Fairgrounds, M-50
MONROE CONSERVATION DISTRICT ANNUAL MEETING AND PANCAKE SUPPER
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Prince of Peace Community Center, 1920 Lewis Avenue, Ida.
Suggested donation; $7.00 for ages 8 and over, children 7 and under eat free. Tickets available at the door.
Pancake supper: 6:00 to 6:45 continuous serving; business meeting and election of two directors 7:00 pm
Speakers/Entertainment: to be announced.
The public is welcome to attend.
TREE CARE WORKSHOP
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
1920 Lewis Avenue, Ida. Prince of Peace meeting room.
Monroe Conservation District will be holding a tree workshop again this year. The tentative line up is fruit tree pruning, managing fruit tree diseases, tree pests and forest/wetland habitat. If there is a topic you would like to learn more about please let me know.
This workshop is free, although donations will be accepted to help defray the costs.
Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP by February 24th, as seating is limited.
A TASTE OF SPRING
Saturday, March 18, 217, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Monroe County Community College
Lay-Z-Boy Center- Meyer Theater
Support the River Raisin Institute mission and programming at their spring fundraising event. Sample American regional foods created by the MCCC Culinary Arts Students. The evening will include a short program, musical entertainment, and more. Tickets will be on sale in January and can be purchased from their board members or from Sharon Venier at 734-240-9754.
12TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY IN MONROE COUNTY, “EARTH DAY EXPO 2017 – HEALTHY PLANET, HEALTHY YOU.” Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gerald Welch Health Education Building at Monroe County Community College, please note the NEW LOCATION.
This year’s Expo will again promote green living by emphasizing buying locally and educating residents on everyday actions they can take to help restore and protect our community and the Earth. The Expo is also looking for exhibitors in the environmental, health and wellness field to promote the connection between green living and personal health in support of the “Healthy Planet, Healthy You” theme. Also featured at the event will be environmental education efforts underway at local schools, including the Michigan Green Schools Program and a student program exploring our relationship with the animals living alongside us in complex, interdependent ecosystems. An exciting line-up of presenters is also being scheduled.
MONROE COUNTY WILL CELEBRATE ITS BICENTENNIAL IN 2017. The proclamation naming our county Monroe was signed by Territorial Governor Lewis Cass July 14, 1817. It was in honor of President James Monroe’s visit to Michigan Territory in August of 1817, however there is no record of the President visiting Monroe County. This August 1817 proclamation made Monroe County the second oldest county in Michigan Territory.
In anticipation of our county’s bicentennial, a group of interested citizens met at the Monroe County Historical Museum with the intention of getting the word out about our bicentennial. The Bicentennial Alliance of Monroe County was organized to facilitate and celebrate the 200th anniversary of Monroe County. The hope is to raise awareness and to create a greater appreciation for Monroe County during its bicentennial celebration throughout 2017.
Many organizations are represented on the alliance including the Monroe County Historical Commission, the Monroe County Quilt Guild, Kiwanis, the Monroe County Historical Society, Friends of the River Raisin Battlefield, Ida Public Schools, Sawyer Homestead, Monroe County Historical Museum, the Monroe County Farm Bureau and interested citizens. These groups and others are encouraged to label 2017 events as a “Monroe County Bicentennial Event”.
The annual Battles of the River Raisin Commemoration, January 21, 2017 will be the first 2017 bicentennial event. Other activities planned include a Monroe County Bicentennial exhibit at the Monroe County Historical Museum; the Genealogical Society of Monroe County will offer “Early Settler” certificates to descendants of those pioneers who settled here before July 1817; Michigan Week will have a Monroe County bicentennial theme; the Monroe County Historical Society will host a “Bicentennial Ball” October 14, 2017; and a beard/moustache growing contest will be judged October 22, 2017. The Monroe County Quilt Guild is working on a quilt which will be exhibited at the visitor’s centers on I-75 and US 23. Organizations are encouraged to label 2017 activities as bicentennial events so the word will spread throughout the community that our county is 200 years old!
The Monroe County Bicentennial Alliance meets monthly and anyone interested is welcome to attend. Contact Chris at 734-652-1192 for further information.
Monroe County farms in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) can receive an additional benefit through potential eligibility to receive up to five free soil tests. To be eligible, potential participants must schedule a first time on-site MAEAP A*Syst with a MAEAP Technician.
Testing will be conducted by the Michigan State University soil laboratory with results sent to participating farmers and the Conservation District MAEAP Technician for interpretation. Test results will indicate current nutrient and pH levels, and provide fertilizer recommendations based on the crops to be grown.
The Conservation District MAEAP Technicians are available to assist farmers in pursuing MAEAP verification. Farmers interested in more information about how to become MAEAP verified should contact one of the Monroe Conservation District’s MAEAP Technician. Rob Bates WLEB MAEAP technician 734.265.9313/ Robert.Bates@mi.nacdnet.net or Tim Kwiatkowski at 734.265.9315/Timothy.Kwiatkowski@mi.nacdnet.net. Information about MAEAP is also available at the state MAEAP web site at: http://www.maeap.org .
I also had a couple I thought I would share. I’m including an Itoh peony since our speaker at the last meeting discussed their development. This one is Kopper Kettle and is very fragment. Also, you will see a couple of Hellebores that I have in my garden. They were also some of the Bonus Plants she spoke about. Then just a few others I thought were interesting for fall.