Mar
15
to Mar 17

Growing Green: Regenerating Soil and Local Agricultural Economics

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Friday, 7pm, Antioch College: Keynote by organic farmer Renee Winner and Julia Barton of OEFFA

Saturday, 10am-3pm, Antioch College: Panels and presentations on: the history of Ohio agriculture; the economic benefits of preserving soil; transitioning to organic; and visions for the Jacoby Partnership

Sunday, 10am-noon, Agraria: Jim Hoormon and Bob Hendershot on cover crops and soil health

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Land Owner Resource Fair
Nov
3
11:00 AM11:00

Land Owner Resource Fair

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The public is invited to a Land Owner Resource Fair Saturday, November 3, from 11 AM – 5 PM, at the John Bryan Center, 100 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio.  A great line-up of organizations (private and public) with conservation, land management, legal, and financial skills and resources will be available to tell you what they have to offer.  Speakers and resource specialists will address ways to make land more productive and green - in particular owners of farmland and natural areas in the attached map, who can participate in Tecumseh Land Trust’s Jacoby Partnership, a Regional Conservation Partnership Program, providing $1.44 million over the next 5 years through the National Resource Conservation Service.  Local and state partners for the program have committed even more local and state resources for the project, $2.1 million over the same period.

Tecumseh Land Trust is known for farmland preservation, having protected 155 farms, comprising over 27,000 acres, with permanent conservation easements.  Within that land the land trust has also preserved over 42 stream miles, much of them buffered by trees or other permanent plantings, creating a verdant wildlife corridor, as well as slowing the runoff from farm fields during big rain events.  The Jacoby Partnership includes funding for the Environmental Quality Improvement Program for the depicted service area, with funds for nutrient planning, cover crop planting, pollinator friendly buffer strip creation, tree planting, converting to organic farming, habitat restoration, and drainage designed to minimize run-off, all with the goal of improving both water and soil quality in the project area.

The following partners in the project will bring research, educational, demonstration, planning, and financial resources to the project:

·         The Nature Conservancy

·         Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District

·         Central State University

·         The Natural Resource Conservation Service

·         Village of Yellow Springs

·         Ohio EPA

·         Clean Ohio Local Agricultural Easement Purchase (ODA) and Open Space (OPWC) programs.

·         Xylem/YSI

·         Yellow Springs School District

·         Antioch College

·         Community Solutions

It is not necessary to RSVP, but we appreciate hearing from you so we can plan appropriately for the day.Respond to sunflower@tecumsehlandtrust.org, and call 937-767-9490 if you have additional questions, or if you are a landowner in the project area and would like further information.

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Ghost Dinner
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Ghost Dinner

Ghost Dinner is a seasonal festival that was introduced to us by Odawa Peacemaker Paul Raphael. The festival celebrates our connection to our ancestors. We are encouraged to prepare and bring dishes that were favorite foods of loved ones who’ve passed on, or food that comes from our lineages.  We feast one another with these dishes, share memorabilia and pictures from those ancestors, and tell stories around the fire about our families and lineages. 

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Into the Wild Exhibition
Oct
23
4:00 PM16:00

Into the Wild Exhibition

Come join 7th Grade students to learn about our incredible learning expedition. Students will share how they planned for and completed this educational 3-day, 53 mile, biking, canoeing, and camping adventure. Students will share presentations about water quality analysis, narrative readings, and more! Light refreshments will be provided.   

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Gardening Book Club
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Gardening Book Club

Hi all,

Here's a reminder that we are meeting 7 pm Thursday, October 18 at the library to discuss Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy.  If you haven't started it yet, there's still time. It reads quickly and there are lots of glorious pics.

RE our next read: For reasons too long to explain here, I made an executive decision and changed our next read to Vandana Shiva's Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply. There are multiple books available from the library thru Ohio Link. It is easy to request Ohio Link books from the library's website, or, if you would like help, stop by the library or phone in for assistance from the librarians. We will discuss Stolen Harvest on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Please note this is a change from our typical Thursday meeting nights. Thursday evenings at the library are booked up into January!

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Fun on the Farm
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Fun on the Farm

Celebrate autumn this year at Agraria’s Fun on the Farm, co-sponsored by Community Solutions and the Yellow Springs Senior Center.  On Sunday, October 7 from 2-5, you and your family and friends can enjoy games, food, beer, cider, apples, and donuts. Games for everyone, storytelling, and music will be on the agenda for the afternoon. If you’d like to tour the farm, guides will lead you around the area and explain plans for this new addition to Yellow Springs’ natural areas.  And the cost is only $5.00 a person and children are free. Walking shoes are suggested and bring folding chairs if you’d like to sit outside. Parking is available at the farmhouse.

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Sep
30
to Oct 6

Permaculture Design Certification with Peter Bane

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Join us for a two-week Permaculture Design Course intensive in Southwest Ohio at Agraria, our 128-acre farm, where we are developing a center for soil health education, regenerative land use practices, community business incubation, and sustainable agriculture. Combining lecture with hands-on practice, the course will be taught by Peter Bane, president of the Permaculture Institute of America and author of The Permaculture Handbook. He will draw from decades of experience in practical permaculture design to teach us about soil, climate, and the carbon cycle; food production and nutrition; natural building; economics and finance; design concepts; and more.

The schedule for this course has been revised. Week one will take place from September 30 - October 6, with the remaining week rescheduled for a time when both Peter and the ticket-holding students are available. Spend two weeks with us in Yellow Springs, OH, and take home a lifetime of valuable skills!

To register, see our Registration Page. Contact us about need-based scholarships, or with other questions, at info@communitysolution.org or at 937-767-2161. 

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Autumn Equinox Sensory Walk with Bill Felker
Sep
22
4:30 PM16:30

Autumn Equinox Sensory Walk with Bill Felker

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Almanack writer Bill Felker will be leading an Autumn Equinox walk at Agraria on Saturday, September 22nd, at 4:30.  Learn about the regional changes of the season, and practice some nature writing of your own! The walk will be followed by a harvest-themed community potluck at 5:30 in Agraria’s historic barn.  All are welcome. Agraria is at 131 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road, just a mile west of Yellow Springs High School.

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YS Chamber Business After Hours
Sep
20
5:30 PM17:30

YS Chamber Business After Hours

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The Yellow Spring Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business After Hours Event at Agraria on Thursday, September 20th from 5:30-7. Join your neighbors for libations and treats.  You can learn about Agraria through tours of the buildings and fields, as well as a presentation on educational and conservation plans.  Non-Chamber members welcome.  For more information, call the Chamber at 767-2686 or Community Solutions at 767-2161.

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Agraria Summer Celebration
Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

Agraria Summer Celebration

Join us at Agraria for our annual celebration of the farm, the community, and the land! It will be a festive evening with food by La Pampa Grill and Tables of Contents Cafe, and beer by the Yellow Springs Brewery. In addition, feel free to bring your own bottle of wine!

Pre-dinner music will be provided by the Agraria Trio: Larry Halpern, keyboard; David Diamond, trumpet; and Michael Smith, bass. After dinner, we'll enjoy some Ohio bluegrass music by Ben Cooper and Mark Babb!  Space limited, so get your ticket soon.

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Seed Saving Workshop
Jul
14
9:00 AM09:00

Seed Saving Workshop

Join us at Agraria to learn about the lost art of seed-saving! 

Over the last one hundred years, 97% of the our seed diversity has been lost. With Bayer’s recent purchase of Monsanto, three agrichemical companies now control 78% of the world’s seed. Genetic diversity is critical for resilience in a changing climate. Seed libraries, seed-shares and seed-saving can be important tools in regenerating seed diversity and resilience. Come learn about seed-resilience and become a seed steward!

In this workshop, we will explore seed selection, techniques for preventing cross-pollination, germination testing, wet and dry processing, considerations for setting up a seed library, directions for making seed screens, seed-starting and more. 

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OEFFA Workshop--Listening to the Land: Tools and Strategies for Land Assessment
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

OEFFA Workshop--Listening to the Land: Tools and Strategies for Land Assessment

Beginning farmers seeking land will gain hands-on experience assessing the
suitability of a parcel of land for a farm operation during this workshop, which is a
component of American Farmland Trust’s Farmland for the Next Generation project.
Learn why land assessment is important and key considerations for conducting
a land search including location, natural resources, infrastructure, land use and
management, current use and rights, adjoining land use, and taxes. Learn from
a beginning farmer and Farm Credit Mid-America appraiser about the appraisal
process and common issues beginning farmers face. Participants will have an
opportunity to learn first-hand about conservation easements with Tecumseh Land
Trust, and will have an opportunity to walk the farmland of Agraria, a project of the
Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, to observe the land assessment
process from a distinguished grassland conservationist. Following the workshop, at
1 p.m., there will be a public tour of Agraria.

About the Speakers: Kelly Henderson, Begin Farming Program Coordinator at OEFFA, is one of the 25 experienced agricultural educators and service providers across the country serving in the inaugural class of American Farmland Trust’s Land Access Trainers. Dana Workman Stacey is owner and operator of Grass Powered Poultry & Meats and Collateral Analyst for Farm Credit Mid-America. Bob Hendershot is a retired State Grassland Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and is owner of Green Pasture Services, a pasture and farm consulting service. Cost and Registration: $25. Price includes light refreshments; participants who wish to stay for the public farm tour are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch. Pre-registration is required by June 18. To register, go to www.oeffa.org/q/landassessment or send a check made out to OEFFA,
along with the names of all attendees, addresses, phone numbers, and emails to OEFFA, Land Assessment, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, contact Kelly Henderson at (614) 421-2022 or beginfarming@oeffa.org.

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Summer Solstice Celebration
Jun
21
4:30 PM16:30

Summer Solstice Celebration

Community Solutions will host a Summer Solstice celebration on Thursday, June 21, 4:30-7 p.m., at Agraria, Community Solutions’ 128-acre farm and center for education and research on regenerative land use. The celebration will include a sensory walk on Agraria led by local resident Emily Foubert, an environmental educator and naturalist, beginning at 4:30. The walk will be followed by a potluck supper. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Julia Honchel at 767-2161 or juliahonchel@communitysolution.org.

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Esmé Westerlund Art Showing
Jun
18
8:00 PM20:00

Esmé Westerlund Art Showing

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Esmé Westerlund's Senior Capstone Project at Agraria: 

Grandmothers a Collaboration in the form of an Interactive Installation • Monday, June 18th, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Held in the Agraria Barn on Dayton-Yellow Springs Road.

“My recent work has focused on creative and interactive storytelling as a form of personal and participatory expression, located in a deep exploration of empathy and affective listening. Grandmothers is centered on the production of artwork inspired by one-on-one conversations, revealing unusual stories about people and the complicated relationships found within their families. By utilizing various mediums and modes of expression, including digital and material, verbal and pictorial, written and embodied, this project will explore the active and/or absent roles grandmothers have played in different lives, from the perspectives of their grandchildren."

Esmé Westerlund is a fourth-year student at Antioch College, and will be graduating this June with a self-designed BA entitled: “a Humanistic Exploration of Visual and Embodied Storytelling.” Her Senior Capstone, Grandmothers, is a one-night event opened to the community. Esmé asks that if people are willing and able to bring food that is tied to one or more of your earlier memories, it would be a welcomed addition to the exhibition. “Food” being something that could take many forms, such as a box of store-bought cookies, a homemade dish from a family recipe, or dirt.

 

 

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Wildcrafting and Herbalism Workshop with Matthew Wood & Samuel Thayer--Registration Full
Jun
1
to Jun 3

Wildcrafting and Herbalism Workshop with Matthew Wood & Samuel Thayer--Registration Full

As of this morning (Feb 26), this entire weekend is completely full! We're very sorry if you didn't get tickets this time--please consider joining us for future events. We hope to offer the same class next year!

SAMUEL THAYER, a nationally recognized expert on wild edibles, will teach us about wild edible plants: their ecology, how to bring them into our everyday life, the art of responsible and sustainable foraging, and ways to prepare wild foods. Thayer has been teaching for more than two decades and is the award-winning author of The Forager’s Harvest, Nature’s Garden, and Incredible Wild Edibles. He will be teaching on Friday.

Through stories, case histories, discussion, and field ID, internationally-known clinical herbalist MATTHEW WOOD will bring to life the native medicinal herbs in our region, and practical ways to bring them home. Wood has a master’s degree in herbal medicine from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, is a professional member of the American Herbalist’s guild, and author of nine books. He will be teaching both Saturday and Sunday.

The workshop will be held from 10am to 5pm each day in the barn unless otherwise specified. Parking is designated to the grassy lot to the right of the farmhouse.

Tuition is $260 for the whole weekend if you register early or $320 after the early bird deadline. If you are unable to attend the whole weekend, inquire about 1 or 2-day ticket options.

The early bird deadline is March 1st, 2018

Click here to register.

Registered students who attend this workshop receive a delicious lunch daily, at no additional charge. Please let us know what your dietary needs are and we will ensure they are accommodated.

Free, primitive camping is available at Agraria. If you prefer something less rustic, ask us for a list of accommation options in Yellow Springs.

Contact Julia at juliahonchel@communitysolution.org or 937-767-2161 with any questions.

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May
25
9:00 AM09:00

Agraria Workout! Brush Hauling, Weeding, and More

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Hello friends!

A big thanks to those who helped us with honeysuckle clearing last week! This Wednesday and Friday we are seeking help clearing more honeysuckle and brush around the main campus, weeding garden beds, hauling logs, and weed whacking around the barn. If you're interested in helping out, getting a workout, and spending some time outdoors, see the details:

Date: Wednesday, May 23 and Friday, May 25
Time: 9am-noon
Activities: Honeysuckle and brush clearing, brush hauling; weeding garden beds, weed whacking, hauling logs
Wear: Close-toed shoes, long pants.
Location: Meet at barn, 131 E Dayton Yellow Springs Rd. Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Contact: Julia Honchel at juliahonchel@communitysolution.org or 859-866-6886

If you're able to come, we would greatly appreciate an RSVP so we can prepare supplies for the appropriate number of people!

Many thanks,
:) Julia

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May
23
9:00 AM09:00

Agraria Workout! Brush Hauling, Weeding, and More

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Hello friends!

A big thanks to those who helped us with honeysuckle clearing last week! This Wednesday and Friday we are seeking help clearing more honeysuckle and brush around the main campus, weeding garden beds, hauling logs, and weed whacking around the barn. If you're interested in helping out, getting a workout, and spending some time outdoors, see the details:

Date: Wednesday, May 23 and Friday, May 25
Time: 9am-noon
Activities: Honeysuckle and brush clearing, brush hauling; weeding garden beds, weed whacking, hauling logs
Wear: Close-toed shoes, long pants.
Location: Meet at barn, 131 E Dayton Yellow Springs Rd. Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Contact: Julia Honchel at juliahonchel@communitysolution.org or 859-866-6886

If you're able to come, we would greatly appreciate an RSVP so we can prepare supplies for the appropriate number of people!

Many thanks,
:) Julia

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Family Garden Day
May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Family Garden Day

Please join us for hands-on family workshops and fun!  Activities include growing a pizza garden, learning how to build raised beds and cold frames, cornhole (bean bag toss), and looking deeply at the dirt beneath us. All sized hands welcome! 

Hosted in collaboration with the Yellow Springs Local Foods Group. For more information, contact Amy Harper at amyharper@communitysolution.org or 937-767-2161.

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Honeysuckle Removal and Garden Preparation
May
18
9:00 AM09:00

Honeysuckle Removal and Garden Preparation

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We hope you're enjoying this summer weather! This Friday, fair weather permitting, we are seeking help clearing more honeysuckle and brush both around the main campus, weeding flower beds, and prepping the gardens for the Family Garden Day. If you're interested in helping out, see the details:

Date: Friday, May 18th
Time: 9am-noon
Activities: Honeysuckle and brush clearing, brush hauling; weeding garden beds. 
Wear: Close-toed shoes, long pants.
Location: Meet at barn, 131 E Dayton Yellow Springs Rd. Yellow Springs, OH 45387

If you're able to come, we would greatly appreciate an RSVP so we can prepare supplies for the appropriate number of people!
Contact: Gabby Amrhein gamrhein@antiochcollege.edu or 937-768-4637

 

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Bird Count- Spring Migration
May
12
6:00 AM06:00

Bird Count- Spring Migration

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Grab your binoculars and join us at Agraria on Saturday, May 12, 2018 for our first annual spring migration bird count! We will spend the day doing guided hikes and stationary counts on the farm, documenting every avian species we see. The location and schedule of hikes is listed below. Closed-toe shoes are required and long pants are encouraged. Coffee and snacks will be provided to participants.

Schedule: 

6am-8am- Dawn chorus in field 8. We will wander the field adjacent to the barn and creek, paying special attention to migrant warblers and others singing from perches on the field edge.

8:15am-10:30am- Creekside ramble. We will hike the lengths of Jacoby Creek and its tributaries, looking closely for thrushes and other species who like to lurk low in the brush near running water.

10:45am-12:30pm- Perimeter walk. As the name suggests, we will walk the boundaries of the farm in search of mockingbirds and other gregarious fence row birds.

12:30pm-1:30pm- Refreshments and species tally in the conference room.

1:30pm-3:30pm- Sit spots. Grab a pen and paper, pick your favorite or most productive spot from the morning, and write down everything you see. For this session we're looking not only for the birds, but how they are behaving and why. Questions to consider might be:

How does my presence influence this bird?

What is that bird eating, is the food abundant? scarce? invasive?

How many different sounds is the bird making? How do they relate to movement?

Are there 'bird deserts' on the farm? Why?

Is this bird a resident or just stopping through? How could we make this a better rest stop? A better home?

Lastly, if you or someone you know would like to make a per species sponsorship or other donation to Agraria, contact Gabby at gabeamrhein@gmail.com

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Soil Carbon Sponge Workshop with Walter Jehne and Peter Bane
May
4
to May 5

Soil Carbon Sponge Workshop with Walter Jehne and Peter Bane

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This 2-day intensive seminar with Australian microbiologist and climate scientist Walter Jehne and permaculture expert Peter Bane will bring our group together in a deep exploration and discussion of how we can meet many of our most important goals with soil biology–by restoring the living, intelligent, water-holding, cooling, soil carbon sponge that used to cover most of the land around us. Walter Jehne–founder of Healthy Soils Australia, and one of the early researchers on glomalin, myccorhizal fungi, and root ecology– will be the main presenter each day.  He’ll be joined by Peter Bane, President of the Permaculture Institute of North America.

The seminar will be held on Agraria, Community Solutions Center for Regenerative Agriculture, in Yellow Springs, OH. Registration is now open, and space is limited, so reserve your place soon!  

For more information and to register, visit Our Registration Page.

We're very grateful to our co-sponsors for the Soil Carbon Sponge Workshop, the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute and the Permaculture Institute of North America. For more about Community Solutions or this workshop, visit our website or call 937-767-2826.

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Public Discussion with Walter Jehne
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Public Discussion with Walter Jehne

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Join us for a discussion about meeting many of our most important goals with soil biology–by restoring the living, intelligent, water-holding, cooling, soil carbon sponge that used to cover most of the land around us. Walter Jehne–founder of Healthy Soils Australia, and one of the early researchers on glomalin, myccorhizal fungi, and root ecology– will present his findings and facilitate the discussion. 

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Agraria Volunteer Day: Honeysuckle Clearing or Barn Work
May
2
9:00 AM09:00

Agraria Volunteer Day: Honeysuckle Clearing or Barn Work

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Last week we made a lot of progress on brush clearing - thank you so much for the help! This Wednesday and Friday, we are seeking help clearing more honeysuckle and brush both around the main campus and adjacent to the closest field to open up an area for some beehives that a honeybee researcher at CSU will be putting in. If it is rainy, we will be prepping the barn for the floor re-build, clearing the basement of dirt, or potting up oak and hickory seedlings that the Glen donated to us. If you're interested in helping out, see the details:

Date: Wednesday, May 2nd & Friday, May 4th
Time: 9am-noon
Activities: Honeysuckle and brush clearing, brush hauling; Rain plan: barn prep for floor re-build, shoveling dirt from basement floor, potting up seedlings.
Wear: Close-toed shoes, long pants, long sleeve shirt, bring water
Location: Meet at barn, 131 E Dayton Yellow Springs Rd. Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Contact: Gabby Amrhein gamrhein@antiochcollege.edu or 937-768-4637

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Apr
27
3:00 PM15:00

Agraria Volunteer Day- Honeysuckle Removal or Plant Potting

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Greetings friends:

A big thank you to those who helped out last week!! This Friday, we are seeking volunteer help moving honeysuckle brush and clearing trash again. If it is rainy, we will be potting up oak and hickory seedlings that the Glen donated to us under the shelter of the barn. If you're interested in helping out, see the details:

Date: Friday, April 27th
Time: 9am-noon and 3pm-6pm.
Activities: Honeysuckle removal, trash pick up, brush burning; if raining, potting up seedlings.
Wear: Close-toed shoes, long pants, long sleeve shirt, and bring water
Location: Meet at barn, 131 E Dayton Yellow Springs Rd. Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Contact: Gabby Amrhein gamrhein@antiochcollege.edu or 937-768-4637

If you're able to come, we would greatly appreciate an RSVP so we can prepare supplies for the appropriate number of people!

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Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Agraria Volunteer Day- Honeysuckle Removal or Plant Potting

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Greetings friends:

A big thank you to those who helped out last week!! This Friday, we are seeking volunteer help moving honeysuckle brush and clearing trash again. If it is rainy, we will be potting up oak and hickory seedlings that the Glen donated to us under the shelter of the barn. If you're interested in helping out, see the details:

Date: Friday, April 27th
Time: 9am-noon and 3pm-6pm.
Activities: Honeysuckle removal, trash pick up, brush burning; if raining, potting up seedlings.
Wear: Close-toed shoes, long pants, long sleeve shirt, and bring water
Location: Meet at barn, 131 E Dayton Yellow Springs Rd. Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Contact: Gabby Amrhein gamrhein@antiochcollege.edu or 937-768-4637

If you're able to come, we would greatly appreciate an RSVP so we can prepare supplies for the appropriate number of people!

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