Announcements

Join us on Saturday, August 17th at 9 am for an educational PRAIRIE WALK through our prairie at Troy Gardens. Along the way we will learn to identify prairie species and the individual roles they play in the community. We will discuss the important ecological functions of a prairie, what our prairie does for us here at Troy Gardens, and other beautiful prairie restorations across Dane County.

Meet Natural Areas intern Jason Kokkinos at the red sheds within the community gardens (visible from Troy Drive) at 9 am.  We will walk to the prairie together. The walk will be held in case of light rain, but will be cancelled in thunder and lightning. We hope you will join us!

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We have two events planned for Saturday, May 11th:

9:30 am-noon: Garlic Mustard Pull

Please join us Saturday morning for our annual garlic mustard pull led
by Steve Lendved.  Meet by the red sheds at 9:30 am, or find us in the
Maple Woodland anytime between 9:30 am and noon.  We'll meet if it's
raining, but we'll cancel if it's thundering and lightning.

10 am-noon: Fort and Shelter Building Play-Day at Troy Gardens

The Maple Woodland at Troy Gardens contains a fort building area that is designed to help foster creativity and free play in nature.  We will introduce concepts like wilderness survival and shelter building techniques, as well as give children of all ages free time to explore the woods, build, and create.  Meet at the red sheds at 10 am, or find us in the fort building area in the woodland west of the Maple Lane later on.

You might want to consider joining us for both events: parents can help out with the garlic mustard pull for an hour or two while the kids build forts, and kids can learn why we remove invasive species such as garlic mustard.  We probably shouldn't startbuilding forts out of garlic mustard though... But you can take some home for pesto!

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!

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Claire Strader, long-time farmer at Troy Community Farm, has left Community GroundWorks.

We hope to have a longer article in the next Gazette newsletter, but for now we want to say we're very grateful for Claire's many contributions to the organization. Along with being a great farmer, she is a great teacher and many interns and staff have benefited from her expertise.  Her vision and leadership for Troy Community Farm have taken it beyond our wildest dreams; the intern education program is top-notch, and the farm is productive and efficient.

Some CSA members have asked why Claire resigned.  As with any type of employment, this is private information which we cannot share.

We wish Claire the best of luck in future endeavors!

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Growing Minds Course -- July 22--26 at Troy Gardens. 

This 5-day, 20-hour course is designed for K-12 teachers and community educators who are interested in building skills in the areas of youth garden education, development, and management. This class filled quickly last year, so don't delay in applying. For details and application, click HERE.

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Tree Planting Workshop -- April 21. Thanks to generous donations from the Urban Tree Alliance and two long-time volunteers, we will be planting a variety of trees and shrubs in Troy Gardens' Oak Grove, Old Field, and Edible Woodland on Sunday, April 21st from 10 am to 12:30 pm. The plant list includes: 

  • 3 Chinkapin Oaks
  • 1 White Oak
  • 6 Prairie Crabapples
  • 3 Witchhazels (awaiting confirmation)
  • 2 Ninebark
  • 3 Juneberries
  • 2 Pawpaws

 We will begin with a brief planting and tree care demonstration by Evan Slocum of Urban Tree Alliance. Meet at the red sheds within the community gardens at 10 am.

 Please join us for this exciting event!

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