AMPY – High Bionutrient Crop Production

The last century of farming practices has taught us that forcing out the most produce possible at any cost has a long term drawback – decreased soil and crop quality. 

Today, our fruits and vegetables have only a fraction of the nutrients they had even 100 years ago, and without these essential nutrients, our health is inevitably impacted, and chronic illnesses continue to rise…

How can we return nutrient dense food, or food with high levels of bionutrients, to our markets, gardens, and farms?

Buhr Park Food Forest Work Party

Hi Friends,

 PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DAY. We will see if Saturday works any better for folks.  Still working on getting vole proof fencing around the shrubs. If you have hardware cloth or other fine mesh screen you don’t need, we can use a bunch.

Though we posted signs and put out a notice on Nextdoor, we have gotten no response about the items taken from the site. If you know of a wheelbarrow and a wading pool that could be given to the project, we’d like these items.  

  Cheers,

    Jeannine  

Stewardship Activities: (weather permitting)

- Fence & stake any unprotected trees or shrubs

- Wet cardboard and woodchip sheet mulching

- Identify and mark plants to keep around fruit trees

- Identify species that would be support plants for each area

Bring:

- large cardboard; we have a bunch but we can always use more. Behind bike stores in the recycle bins is a good place to look.

- whatever you need to work outside (gloves, shovel, garden forks, small weeding tools such as dandelion diggers …)

All ages welcome for all or some of the time.  RSVP is helpful, but not necessary.

Tree Planting at Eating Gardens

Eating Gardens is a non-profit with the goal of creating edible forests and permaculture community gardens. Working together with Metropolitan State University in MN and the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Eating Gardens will be planting fruit and nut trees at it’s new headquarters in Belleville. Shane Celeste, a permaculture specialist will be talking about different permaculture options, designs, and techniques as we plant. More info about Eating Gardens can be found at eatinggardens.org. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Dress for outdoors. If you have your own work gloves and shovel we would be happy to have the extra tools for the day. We will be starting between 11 and noon and planting until all the trees are in the ground.

AMPY – Monthly Meeting

Another offering…

Another representation of the wealth of possibilities and resources within our own town…

Details will be added as they come, it’s always a good chance to connect with other like minded folks and learn about permaculture.

Questions? Call Jesse Tack – 734.709.1176

 

AMPY – Monthly Meeting

Another offering…

Another representation of the wealth of possibilities and resources within our own town…

Details will be added as they come, it’s always a good chance to connect with other like minded folks and learn about permaculture.

Questions? Call Jesse Tack – 734.709.1176

 

AMPY – GSC: SWAP in action

Want to see food swapping in action?

Want to join, but no growing space? not even a sunny cement porch?

Want to join, but have no growing experience?

Missed the first meet-up?

Come join us, our last swap for this growing season. You will have all your questions answered. This is another opportunity to get in the program.

If you have no growing experience, we are willing to help you, from germinating, transplanting, growing to harvesting.

If you have no growing space, we have some space to share, 4 miles south of downtown Ypsilanti.

All in all, let’s start growing, get closer to food self-sustained!

Questions? Call Milton – 773.789.8887

AMPY – Rocket Stoves and Playing with Fire

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Come out to Ann Arbor for a day of playing with fire and help us build a rocket stove. The goal is to get quick heat for a workshop. Thus, we will not need the Mass portion of the Rocket Mass Heaters. 

We will also build Pocket Rockets – a quick and fast burning device made from coffee cans, metal buckets, etc. 

We will also demonstrate a Rumsford Stove – a very easy radiant wood stove made from bricks. 

We will also use the mighty Chaga mushroom – the tinder fungus – to start fires and hold embers, like our indigenous for-bearers did. 

And more! 

Cost of the event is TBD, but we will most likely as for a $10.00 suggested donation.

Questions? Call Jesse Tack – 734.709.1176

AMPY – Monthly Meeting

Another offering…

Another representation of the wealth of possibilities and resources within our own town…

Details will be added as they come, it’s always a good chance to connect with other like minded folks and learn about permaculture.

 

Southern Michigan Perma-Mixer @ Dawn Farm

Join Washtenaw Permaculture, Abundant Michigan Permaculture Ypsilanti (AMPY) and Oakland County Permaculture Meetup (OCPM) for the first ‘SoMI Perma-Mixer’ at Dawn Farm.

Come share with us! Learn about local community projects, and meet other folks engaged in the permaculture community. Celebrate the harvest with a potluck! Make a lasting impact by planting trees in the 8 acre, Dawn Farm ‘Restoration Agriculture’ site!

Bring seeds and plants to swap and tables will be available to display and sell your homemade products, food, etc. (with the exception of alcohol and drug related goods). We hope to see you there for a day of good food, conversation, and hands-on goodness.

We seek to periodically bring together permaculture community groups from the local region. At this first Southern Michigan Permaculture Mixer we will meet in Ypsilanti, but we are hoping that next Spring or Fall we can meet again to see another site, network, and engage in hands-on skilling. As you drive into Dawn Farm please pull around the main building to the back driveway where you will see the greenhouse, the pavillion, and can park. Please bring a dish of your favorite food to share and label the ingredients for food allergies or restrictions. Kids are welcome though we cannot offer child care at this time. There are animals to pet and much to explore at the farm. 

Register online or email SoMIPermamixer@gmail.com

Flow:

● 9:30 am – Welcome activities and site introduction

● 11:00 am – Group community building projects

● 12:30 pm – Potluck lunch ● 2:00 pm – Community group presentations ● 3:30 pm – Socializing

Detailed Flow:

● 9:30 Welcome Activities (Pavillion)

● 11:00 Group projects (Field/Pavillion)

● 12:30 Potluck Lunch (Pavillion)

○ Facilitated by Jesse Tack of AMPY

■ Intro circle

■ Dawn farm project/site overview

○ Tree planting

● 2:00 Community group presentations (Pavillion)

○ Facilitated by Bryan Mets of GLPP

○ Representatives of AMPY, OCPM, and Van-Kal Permaculture currently scheduled

○ 15-20 min Closing

● 3:30 Socializing

What to Wear:

● outdoor clothes

● layers

● closed toe shoes/boots

What to Bring: ● lawn chairs / seat pads (a pavillion with wooden picnic tables will be available)

● potluck dish (label ingredients, electric outlets and firepit will be available for reheating)

● drinks (water available on site – no alcohol)

● utensils and dishes

● coolers

● seeds/plants for trade

● shovel, spade, gloves, ice fishing augers, and other tree planting tools

● work gloves

● as DF is a substance abuse facility, we ask you to please abstain from bring any alcohol or drugs

Cobblestone Farmers Market Lunch Fundraiser

Join us for Lunch at the Farm! Sept. 21, 12 – 4 pmYou’re invited to a family-friendly afternoon as we celebrate the Cobblestone Farm Museum and Market with a farm-to-table lunch prepared by Dr. Swaroop Bhojani, Ph.D., Owner/Chef at Hut-K Chaats.

Come on down and enjoy:

Live music by West Park Music SocietyAn all-ages performance by Spinning Dot TheaterChildren’s activities including face painting”Old-time” gamesFarmhouse Museum tours

This is a charity lunch and all ticket proceeds will go to support the Cobblestone Farm Association’s Museum and Market.

Food will be $15/plate; no advance tickets are required.

Sponsored by the Cobblestone Farm Association; supported by: Frog Holler Farm, Hut-K Nutrilicious, Tantre Farm, Green Things Farm, White Lotus Farms, Seeley Farm and Brines Farm.