I am the program coordinator for the UMPDT. We are a student organization at the University of Michigan. Last spring we were awarded a Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund grant to install a permaculture based food forest at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. We’ve been hard at work all year planning and prepping and have spent the last month building a 1200 ft, 9ft tall, temporary deer fence enclosure to protect our babies until they are bigger.
(Yes, this is a huge food forest!)
We are now in the planting phase and we have put in our paw-paws, apples, and pears but still have hundreds of plants to get in the ground ASAP.
This Saturday (provided it does not rain) we are hoping to get in our nut trees, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries, and could use some help!
If you have some free time and would like to play in the dirt with us Saturday, please join us! We also have a signup sheet with parking instructions here:
That Google signup sheet will be updated, should we have to cancel due to weather.
If you are coming PLEASE be sure to BRING/WEAR:
– long pants and socks (this will protect you from the poison ivy and possible ticks!!)
– closed toe shoes or hiking/work boots (no sandals)
– a hat
– snacks if you will need them
– a refillable water bottle!!!!!!
Additionally, you can see our progress throughout the year at the following Facebook page: