RPMGA The year at a glance
Here’s what we have planned for the year to come. For the details of exactly when, where, and who, watch this blog and the newsletter.
January Pollinator project planning and organizing on January 7. We made a plan for what to tackle this year. Watch for more info. A second meeting will be held on January 19.
February Small Fruits. Learn to plant and maintain berries and other small fruits with Rock County Ag Agent, Nick Baker.
March Pollinators 101. Basic intro to problems for pollinators and gardening for them, plus making simple pollinator houses.
April: Winter Tree Identification in Palmer Park. Janesville City Forester, Ethan Lee will teach us how to identify trees in winter.
Additional April event: Tree planting workshop, possibly open to the public. We’ll plant some potted bur oaks in a savannah at a local park.
May—Seed and plant exchange. Bring some. Take some. Learn some. Location: shed at Community Garden
Additional May event: Road trip to Madison for Family Garden Day at Allen Centennial Garden. Possibly a shopping stop at The Flower Factory perennial nursery near Stoughton.
June: Tour Green County MGV Cheryl Rebezek’s lavender farm and home that’s completely off-grid. (If we don’t go to the Flower Factory in May, it’s an easy drive from the lavender farm.)
July: Road trip to Boerner Botanical Garden in the Milwaukee area.
August: Tour a Sunflower Farm.
September—Road trip to the University of Wisconsin West Agricultural Research Station in Madison for their annual Field Day.
October: Seed harvest. We’ll collect seed to use for the pollinator project, and learn about starting the seeds we collect.
November:—Recognition Pot Luck and Welcome to New Members
December: (tentative) Tools—sharpening, maintaining, resurrecting old ones.
Note: if you’re really excited about any of these programs and would like to help organize them—or know of good resources for them—contact any of the advisory committee members: Bev Drew, Chris Finley, Ruth Flescher, Deb Grams, Mary Johnson, Rose Last, Mary Kay Thompson.