General Membership Meeting June 5


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Join us for our General Membership Meeting!
June 5th – 9:30 am
Bengel Wildlife Center  –  Bath, MI   (near Lansing).

The center is operated by the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy.
We will be meeting in the DeVlieg Conservation Hall.

See the facilities

Click or tap for THE MAP – your journey awaits! 
Registration begins at 9:30 am. The meeting will end around 4:00 pm.
We hope you can make it for the whole day, but better late than never!
Feel free to walk in any time between 9:30 and 4:00
Lunch is at noon. 


Inventor Brad Kallio presenting at the 2015 GMM

Inventor Brad Kallio at the 2015 GMM


This is a pot-luck-lunch event. Please bring a dish to pass. 
For those unfamiliar with the custom, the pros often bring well prepared items in crock pots or dishes, but if that sounds intimidating just grab something simple like a snack tray at a grocery store. Don’t panic. It’s just lunch.



Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear presenting at the 2015 gmm

Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear at the 2015 GMM

We raise funds at this event through a silent auction.
Please consider bringing useful or entertaining things to donate. It’s really a lot of fun. Last year’s auction included a solar oven! Selected items will be sold in a live “not-so-silent” auction, hosted by our joyous and perennial auctioneer Stas Yascolt. We hope you’ll join in the fun of bidding!

The dish to pass for lunch and a donation to the auction are the suggested admission for this event, and we hope those who are able will embrace their communal nature. BUT, If all you have is the shirt on your back and a love for the Earth in your heart, please don’t let anything stop you from attending. We know the feeling and we will bring extra soup.


approximate schedule:

10:00 : guest presenter (to be announced)

12:00 : potluck lunch (please bring a dish to pass)

1:00 :  board of directors election

2:00 : not-so-silent auction

3:00 : short film – The Last Farmer in Fukushima

4:00 : See ya later!
Walk the grounds if you want.
The trails through the wildlife center are open until dusk!

Keep checking for updated information! 

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Citizen Power Demonstrated in Lansing

January 14th, hundreds of Flint Citizens marched on the capitol, occupying the rotunda and gallery within the capitol building. They called for Governor Snyder’s resignation and/or arrest in connection with the Flint Water Crisis.

1-14-16 FWC protest

In 2014, the City of Flint, under “Emergency Management” through Snyder’s own law and appointments, switched to using the Flint River as a drinking water supply. A dark saga unfolded from e. coli, to Trihalomethanes, to lead poisoning, and now legionnaires disease.

While deafening calls for his resignation and arrest filled the capitol building, Snyder phoned the White House asking President Obama to declare a federal state of emergency and provide federal assistance to the People of Flint.

If this is what a few hundred Citizens can accomplish in an afternoon, imagine what a few hundred thousand of us could accomplish in a summer.

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Sustainable Garden and Kitchen – Mulch Tips from Shady Grove Farm

by Randy Buchler

At Shady Grove Farm we rebuilt our old strawberry patch and planted new plants. I researched environmentally friendly ground cover for weed suppression, but didn’t find anything that met my picky requirements. So, I brainstormed…finally figuring out that if we cut the unopened end of our 3 ply empty chicken feed bags and then slice up the sides, it would create a large piece of ground cover that we could cover the mounds with and then plant the berry plants in holes that we cut in the paper.

The second project involved using pallets (cut in half-ish) to “fence in” our newer strawberry patch so I could stretch the bird netting from the greenhouse ribbon board to cover them. You will also notice the use of bale twine.

Cutting the 3 ply bags open makes it possible to rid them of the strings and unfold them to double the space they cover. Working out really well so far.

The failure of commercial availability of environmentally friendly materials sometimes leads us to a better alternative, and this is a perfect example of that.  Not just environmentally friendly and toxic free, but includes the upcycling of a material that is on the farm as a byproduct of feeding organic feed.

The absence of environmentally sound farming products, like a good toxic/chemical free ground cover/weed suppressant, also promotes and encourages creativity through brain storming a wide array of ideas!

Shady Grove Farm U.P. is a small, diversified family farm located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  The farm is Certified Naturally Grown, utilizes permaculture practices, adheres to strict and environmentally sound farming practices/standards, and became environmentally verified through the Michigan Department of Ag and Rural Development’s MAEAP (Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program) in 2012.  One of the things Shady Grove Farm strives to do is to maintain a “zero tolerance” to toxins or contaminants that may compromise the quality of food and farm products, as well as the soil and environment.  Because of these high standards, often times it is hard to find commercial products that fit into our vision.  This, in turn, forces us to get creative. But, that is what helps us to keep the integrity in farming!

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