Transform your yard into a beautiful place full of food, flowers, medicinal plants—a landscape friendly to birds, bees, butterflies and other allies. We’ll show ways to do all of this and more, with fruit and nut trees, useful perennial plants, native wildflowers, rainwater collection—increase your household resilience while you beautify your landscape and neighborhood, it’s a win-win!
We’re meeting Wednesday, February 18th at 7pm in the Community Room (same building as the Village Clerk’s office), downtown at 125 S. Main St., Lawton, MI 49065. All are welcome, so please join us!
Hot off the Press and Ready for Summer!
We’re very pleased to present a project we worked on over this last long, cold winter: a Local Food and Farm Guide made just for Lawton! It features most everything within a 10-mile radius—farm stands, farmers’ markets, CSAs, nurseries, other supportive business and more!
We’ll be adding this information to the website soon (as webpages and a Google map), but in the meantime you can view a PDF of the guide below, or pick up a printed copy at Adams Hardware, the Lawton Public Library, or the Village Clerk’s office (other locations to be announced soon). Let’s support our local farmers, growers and businesses!
At this meeting, we discussed and sampled a wide variety of naturally-fermented foods. Foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, wine, beer, cheese, chocolate, soy sauce, kombucha, miso, kimchi, are all fermented and these, along with many others, are consumed daily all over the world.
We watched a video by master fermenter Sandor Ellix Katz, learned about the process and the health benefits of of preserving food this way, and had samples of homemade sauerkraut, miso soup, as well as dill pickles, sourdough bread, kimchi, pickled radish, pickled greens, and more.
Here’s a short video introducing you to the concepts, followed by a longer, more in-depth demonstration video like the one we watched, for those who want more detail.
We met at Lewis Park for a picnic & discussion—where we got to know some neighbors and community families. We brought dishes to share (mostly stuff from our own gardens or the Lawton’s Farmers Market), our own tableware, plates and drinks. Families were welcome. We talked about what we’ve been doing as a group and looked toward future projects, such as a possible tool-lending library, fix-it shop, and more. Great time had by all, as usual!