Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 30, 2013

Agriculture in Brief: 03/30/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Live plant program

TRAVERSE CITY — An educational program on gardening with native plants will be hosted by the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan on Tuesday, April 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass in Traverse City.

The presenters will be Carolyn Thayer and Cheryl Gross, both longtime native plant enthusiasts. Thayer has been designing landscapes professionally since 1988, and is a founding member of Plant It Wild, a native plant group in northwestern Lower Michigan. Cheryl Gross is a master gardener and longtime member of Plant It Wild.

A suggested donation of $5 to $10 will be taken at the door to help cover speaker expenses. For anyone interested in arriving earlier, a potluck will run from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in the topic is welcome to attend.

To learn more, visit or call 622-5252.

Trail steward session

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Conservation District will be hosting an informational session on its Trail Steward program Thursday, April 4, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Boardman River Nature Center.

Throughout the 3,000 acres of public parklands managed by the Soil Conservation District, there are 20 miles of trails, boardwalks and bridges that need regular maintenance and upkeep. Trail stewards are volunteers responsible for the upkeep and regular maintenance of their adopted trail section.

Go to to learn more and register for the Open House.

4-H member expo

SUTTONS BAY — 4-H members from across the county will gather at Suttons Bay High School on Saturday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an annual 4-H showcase.

4-H Expo will feature educational displays, live animals, chess matches and demonstrations by 4-H members. The 4-H clubs will also offer a variety of fun, hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.

Each year the members take on a community project, reflecting the 4-H philosophy of service to others. This year, members and the public are invited to bring individually wrapped child-friendly foods like fruit snacks, cheese and cracker packs, fruit cups, cans of tuna, chicken or soup, small boxes of cereal, etc. to donate to “Blessings in a Backpack.” This organization feeds local children on weekends during the school year.

The 4-H Expo is free and open to the public. Lunch concessions will be available onsite. The public is invited and encouraged to participate.

For further information contact the Leelanau MSU Extension office at 256-9888.