Friday, December 17, 2010

January Potluck: GasLand Film Showing

First Friday Potluck
Friday, January 7th, 6 pm
Gasland Film Showing


Join the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center for our monthly potluck series.  Dinner starts at 6 pm. Bring a delicious dish to pass if you can, but it's not required, so feel free to join us with a dish or without.  The documentary feature GasLand starts at 7 pm.  Director Josh Fox journeys across America to examine the negative impacts of natural gas drilling, from poisoned water sources to kitchen sinks that burst into flame to unhealthy animals and people. Is natural gas a viable alternative to our dwindling energy resources, or do the potential harmful effects outweigh the positives? This question is especially important to the gas-rich community of northern Michigan.

For more info, contact Wagbo at 231-536-0333, or email wagbo@torchlake.com.

For more information about the film, see GasLand the Movie.

Homebrewing Classes: Beer and Mead

Saturday, January 15th 1-5pm
Homebrewing Classes: Beer and Mead Making
Two Workshops and Demonstrations at the Wagbo Farmhouse 
Cost: $10 per person each workshop, $15 for both

1 pm: Homebrewing Ale: In this workshop we will be showing the basics of making ale over your own stove, discussing brewing history, and even sampling examples of the style being brewed: a Traditional Scottish Ale. Samples are only for those of legal age. $10 per person,

3pm: Old School Home Brewin' - Mead making at home: Mead, a honey wine, is the most ancient alcoholic beverage known. Come learn the basics of making this archaic wine and find out why it was once known as the "Nectar of the Gods." Samples will be provided to those of age. $10 per person.

* $10 per person each workshop, $15 for both workshops
* Samples and snacks provided

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wildlife Tracking Workshop

Wildlife Tracking Workshop
Saturday, December 4th, 1pm-5pm 
Cost: $5 per person

Hunters, wildlife photographers, wildlife researchers, and outdoor enthusiasts all benefit from tracking knowledge. Join the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center for a study of animal tracks and trails, skulls, and feathers. We will be doing some indoor exercises as well as observing animal sign in the field. Come rain or shine, and dress for the weather. For more info, call Wagbo at 231-536-0333 or email wagbo@torchlake.com.

First Friday Potluck: Feast and Film

 Feast and Film: A Wild Game and Local Foods Potluck and Film Showing
 Friday, December 3rd, 6 pm
Join the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center for our second annual Wild Game and Local Foods Potluck.  Dinner starts at 6 pm. Bring your favorite wild game, wild food, or local food dish to share. It's not required though, so feel free to join us with a dish or without.  The film starts at 7:15 with The Great Dance: A Hunters Story. This rare film is a glimpse into the beautiful and spiritual life of the nomadic hunters of the Kalahari desert: the San Bushmen. A visual feast, this film explores the importance of animals, the depth and meaning of tracking, and the relationship between the hunter and the hunted. To the Bushman hunter, animals are to be revered and the hunt itself is sacred: “Tracking is like dancing. You are talking with God when you are doing these things.” 90 minutes. Rated PG.  FREE and open to the public.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Second Friday Potluck: Wild Parsnip Diggin!


Friday, November 12, 4 pm

Join the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center for our monthly potluck series! Bring a dish to pass if you can, but it's not required. Wagbo provides drinks and table service. This month we will start the program by digging wild parsnip- a notorious invasive pest. But few realize that this is the exact same plant as the domestic parsnip you buy in groceries and farmers markets. It grows wild here at Wagbo, displacing our native boneset, joe pye weed, and goldenrods. Come armed with a shovel and work clothes as we help remove this threat to our native wildflowers (and gather food at the same time!) After we're satisfied that we've harvested enough parsnip, we will move into the farmhouse and enjoy the potluck dinner.

For more info call Wagbo at 231-536-0333, or email wagbo@torchlake.com.

Friday, September 24, 2010

October Potluck: Bike Repair!

October Potluck
Bike Repair Workshop
Saturday, October 2nd, 4 pm

Join us at the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center for our monthly potluck series. On the first Saturday of October, avid bicyclist Glenn Goodman will share his knowledge on the basics of bike mainenance. Bring along your own bike for the possibility of a free tune up! Due to time restrictions we may not be able to service all of the bikes, but you're guaranteed to learn a thing or two to help keep your bike in good shape. Stick around afterwards for a potluck in the farmhouse. As always, Wagbo provides drinks and table service. Feel free to join us with or without a dish to pass!

Canoe for Cranberries

WEEDS Autumn Foraging Events
Wild Edibles for Ecological and Dietary Sustainability


Canoe for Cranberries: Saturday, October 9th, 2 pm
A Jordan River Float for Highbush Cranberry and Wild Ginger!

Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum) is a native shrub that grows wild in wetlands and is especially prolific along the Jordan River. Great in jams and juices, we will learn to identify this tasty berry as we float Michigan's first wild and scenic river. This float is not for those unwilling to get wet or those without waders; we will be hopping in and out of canoes once this conspicuous crimson culinary comestible is spotted. Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) grows in certain hidden spots along the river. We will stop at one large patch to uproot this tasty treat and potent medicine. Recipes for candied ginger made with Wagbo syrup will be shared with those foragers with dirt under their nails. Bring your own canoe and baskets, or call Wagbo to see if any lenders are available. Put-in will be at Old State Road. Call 231-536-0333 for any questions.

Autumnberry Harvest

WEEDS Autumn Foraging Events
Wild Edibles for Ecological and Dietary Sustainability

Sunday, October 10th, 5 pm
At Raven's Roost Farm in Bellaire

Autumnberry (AKA autumn olive) is a prolific and conspicuous invasive shrub known to nearly every person concerned with habitat preservations. What is often overlooked is its edible and delicious berries, which ripen to a speckled-red in autumn. Excellent raw, dried, juiced, or made into jam, we will harvest loads of berries as well as recipes. Come rain or shine!

Raven's Roost Farm is located at 2398 Vandermark Road in Bellaire. Call Wagbo at 231-536-0333 for directions.

Second Annual Apple Pressing

Saturday October 23rd and Sunday, October 24th
1 pm to 5 pm

Bring your apples to juice into sweet cider! An autumn tradition for hundreds of years, community apple pressing is great for the whole family. This weekend-long event is the perfect answer to a surplus of apples, so save the date! Bring your own jugs to fill. Suggested donation of $5 per family

Monday, July 26, 2010

August Potluck: Picnic and Paddle

Picnic and Paddle
Friday, August 6th at 6 pm

Join the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center at the beautiful Jordan River for a streamside potluck and float down the water. Dinner will start at 6 pm at the Webster Bridge on the Jordan River, just off of M-66. Bring a dish to pass if you can, but it’s not required. Please bring your own plates, cups, and utensils. Following dinner we will load up our canoes or kayaks and take off down the river! The Jordan is Michigan’s first designated “wild and scenic” river, so paddling it is a real delight. Bring your own canoe or kayak if you have one. Otherwise, you can call Wagbo at 231-536-0333 to reserve one of the canoes we have available for loan. Space is limited! Please call by Thursday, August 5th if you plan to reserve a canoe. Hope to see you there!

Board of Directors Meeting

The next Wagbo Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 19th. Feel free to join us if you have something you'd like to contribute, or just want to sit in and see what it's all about. Please call ahead to confirm the time.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Board of Directors Meeting

The next Wagbo Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 15th at 4:30 pm.  Please feel free to join us if you have something you'd like to contribute, or just want to sit in and see what it's all about.

If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors or serving on a committee, please attend the informational meeting at 7 pm on the same day.  The Wagbo Board Members will provide desert to share- yum!  The board meetings aren't overly formal, so feel free to come as you are!

Hope to see you there!

July Potluck

Seals and Art: Inuit Life and Culture
Friday, July 9th, 6 pm

Join us at the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center for our monthly potluck series! Dinner starts at 6 pm. Bring a dish to pass if you can, but feel free to come with a dish or without. Wagbo provides drinks and table service.

Then stick around after dinner for an inspirational program by Sarah Juntune based on an expedition to Greenland and Arctic Canada. She will share her pictures of the expedition; experiences with the Inuit; and knowledge that she gained of Arctic history, life, art, music, tales, geology, flora/fauna, politics, economics, and the extreme importance of the seal to the Inuit culture. It’s sure to be an exciting and informative presentation- don’t miss it!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Thank You!

We would like to extend a big "Thank You!" to all the folks who made the Spring Harvest Festival possible.  To our partners at ISLAND and Grass River, thanks for all your hard work organizing this event!  To the instructors, thank you for coming out and sharing your knowledge with the community.  Your workshops were very much appreciated!  Thanks also to all the volunteers, whose hard work and dedication made this event possible.  Thanks to our sponsors for your generous contributions.  Please let them know that you appreciate their support of community events!

Sponsors:
American Spoon Foods of Petoskey
Cherry Republic of Charlevoix
Lake Street Market of Boyne City
Freshwater Studio of Boyne City
Turtle Kitchen of East Jordan
Diversions of Traverse City 

Thursday, May 20, 2010

June Saturday Potluck

Songbirds of Field and Forest
Saturday, June 5th, 8:30 am

We're doing things a little differently for our monthly potluck this June- changing it from a "First Friday" to a "First Saturday," and making it a breakfast potluck instead of dinner!  Bring a dish to pass if you can; but feel free to come with a dish or without. We will meet in the farmhouse and start off the morning with a bird walk lead by wildlife biologist Keith Kintigh. Bring binoculars and bird guides if you have them, and remember to dress for outdoor conditions. Birders of all skill levels are welcome.  

After the hike, join us in the farmhouse for delicious food and good company.  Beverages and table service are provided by Wagbo.

Hope to see ya there!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Spring Harvest Festival


Sunday, May 23rd, 1-5 pm
Presented in partnership with ISLAND and Grass River Natural Area

Celebrate the bounty of spring! Come participate in spring-related workshops such as mushroom hunting, wild edibles, wild medicinals, mead-making, and more! Browse our vendors selling local spring-time products. Come away with an increased knowledge of our local ecology, and renewed appreciation for the spring season!

Cost is $10 if you pre-register by May 20th or $15 at the door. To register, or if you are interested in becoming a vendor, call Maria at 231-536-0333 or email wagbo@torchlake.com. 

Workshop List:
  • Edible Plant Walk and Salad Forage by Maria Wesserle
  • Mushroom Hike by Franny Bluhm and Yvonne Stephens
  • Pickling Asparagus and Wild Leeks by Jason Stephens
  • Nature Walk with Sugarbush Tour and Leek Harvest by Fischer Jex
  • Brewing Beer by Flip Rutledge
  • Mead-making by Keith Kintigh and Jason Stephens
  • Sheep Shearing by Zack Shaltz
  • Herbal Plant Walk by Joyce Wardwell
  • Children's Activities by Mike Reddy, Andrew Cart, Jen Lewis
Hope to see ya there!

Update 5/20: The planned children's activities were canceled, but are back on. Samantha can no longer make it, but we have found some other instructors. yay!


Workshop Schedule
1:00—1:15: Registration

1:15—2:15: Workshop Block A
Children’s Activities by Mike Reddy, Andrew Cart, Jen Lewis
Mead-making by Keith Kintigh
Sheep Shearing by Zack Shaltz

1:15—2:45: Extended Hike Block A
Nature Walk with Sugarbush Tour and Leek Harvest by Fischer Jex

2:30—3:30: Workshop Block B
Edible Plant Walk and Salad Forage by Maria Wesserle
Mushroom Hike by Franny Bluhm
Brewing Beer by Flip Rutledge

3:15—4:45: Extended Hike Block B
Herbal Plant Walk by Joyce Wardwell

3:45—4:45: Workshop Block C
Mushroom Hike by Yvonne Stephens
Pickling Asparagus and Wild Leeks by Jason Stephens

4:45—5:00: Gift Prize Drawings

May Potluck and Wild Edibles Hike

Friday, May 14th, 6 pm

Join us at the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center for our First Friday (or second Friday in this case!) Potluck! Meet in the farmhouse for delicious food and good company. Bring a dish to pass; but feel free to come with a dish or without! Beverages and table service are provided.

After dinner, (starting at about 7 pm) stick around for a "Wild Edibles Hike" through Wagbo's scenic 212-acre property. 'Tis the season for wild leeks, trout lily, spring beauty, and other delectable greens. Learn how to identify these wild goodies and go home with simple recipes that you can make at home. These spring ephermerals don't stick around long - let's enjoy them while they're here. Come rain or shine!

Business Expo and Taste of Boyne

Come visit your favorite non-profit in Boyne City this Thursday!

Stop by and say "Hi!" as Wagbo exhibits at the Boyne Business Expo this Thursday, from 3 to 7 pm. We will have informational material out, maple syrup for sale, and a small prize give away for new additions to the email list.

The Boyne Business Expo and Taste of Boyne will be held at 1315 Boyne Avenue (M-75 South, former Carter's store.) It will feature 85 booths from business and non-profits, including 11 "Taste of Boyne" food vendors, a cash bar, and an art exhibit. Admission is $5. For more information, visit http://www.boyneexpo.com.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Woodcock Walks


Woodcock Walks
Every Sunday in April
8pm to 9pm

Register today for an evening viewing the spectacularly dramatic courtship display of these amazing birds. Find out why they are nicknamed “the Little Brown Ghost” as we sneak through forest and field to experience our local harbingers of spring. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to encounter the wild animals that live in the Jordan River Valley. Great for individuals, couples, and families!

To Register, call the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center at 231-536-0333 or email wagbo@torchlake.com

Sunday, March 21, 2010

April Potluck: Friday the Second


Are you feeling that spring-time itch? Are you dying to see new signs of life with the coming of the spring season? Then mark your calendar for Wagbo Farm's First Friday Potluck in April! (This one comes up quick, happening on the second day of the month.) The evening will start with dinner at 6 pm. Bring a dish to pass if you can, but it's not required. Wagbo provides drinks and table service.

The program will start after dinner at 7 pm. Join Wagbo Intern Maria Wesserle on a hike through the farm's scenic property. Look for signs of spring like migrating birds, sprouting wildflowers, and awakening animals! Learn about your surrounding environment and come away with a renewed appreciation for this beautiful season!

For more info, call Wagbo at 231-536-0333.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sugartime is here!

Saturday, March 20, 10:30am-3:30pm
MAPLE SYRUP FAMILY FIELD DAY
Come out to the Wagbo Farm for a fun and educational tour of the world of maple syrup! Learn how to tap trees, boil syrup in your own backyard, and operate a large-scale commercial evaporator. There will be separate children’s activities, including a short hike, storytelling, and puppet shows. Please come dressed for the weather, as this event will be mostly outdoors!

Schedule:
10:30-12:30 (Adult)- Evaporator Training: Workshop and demonstration on how to run a large-scale commericial evaporator with Wagbo's 5'x16' wood-fired system.
10:30-12:30 (Children)- Maple Ecology Hike: A short hike to a stand of maple trees, with hands-on lessons on tapping maples. Maple sap and syrup will be available for tasting, and help boil down sap in our cauldron!
12:30-1:30- Lunch: Wagbo will provide hot soup, beverages, and maple-themed snacks.
1:30-3:30 (Adult)- Maple Ecology Hike: Hike out to Wagbo's sugarbush and gain knowledge of a vacuum sap collection system. Receive hands-on lessons on how to tap maples, and taste delicious maple sap and syrup.
1:30-3:30 (Children)- Turning the Seasons: Join Chris Evans of Wild Ginger Children's Arts as she presents puppet shows and tells stories about the coming of spring.
**Please Note- Of course children can attend the adult's programming, or vice versa, if they so wish! However, we do ask that adults don't leave the Wagbo premises while their children are here.

Cost $10 of adults, $5 for children, $28 for a family, 3 and under are free. Please register by Thursday, March 18. For more info, call 231-536-0333, or email wagbo@torchlake.com.

Saturday, March 27, 10 am-3 pm
8TH ANNUAL MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL
Join us at the Wagbo Farm for our annual family event to celebrate Maple Syrup! Pancake breakfast served all day with real Wagbo Maple Syrup and locally-produced sausage and bacon. Music, sleigh rides out to the sugar bush, syrup tasting, “pancake” flipping contests an more – plus view maple syrup being made in our sugar shack! All food and activities are included for one price!

Cost $10 of adults, $5 for children, $28 for a family, 3 and under are free. No pre-registration required. For more info, call 231-536-0333, or email wagbo@torchlake.com.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Second Friday Potluck: Apple Pruning

To Prune or not to Prune?

Nope, not referring to the shriveled plums- I’m talking about pruning apple trees! Do you have any young or old apple trees that you’d like to make more productive, but you’re really not sure how to do it? Come to the Wagbo “2nd Friday Potluck” on March 12 at 6pm. We'll start by heading out to the Wagbo apple orchard where you’ll learn hands-on pruning techniques. After the demonstration, we'll fill our bellies with great locally prepared food (by you, me, and anyone else who so desires!) If you have any pruning shears or a pole saw, bring them along! The more the merrier and more efficient! See you there!

This workshop will be presented by Pepper Bromelmeier, who, along with her husband, Tom Brown, and friend, Mark Randolph, operate an organic, heirloom apple orchard near Central Lake.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Wagbo's Sno-Blast Event

Wagbo's participation in the East Jordan Sno-Blast Celebration was a great success! Chris Evans of Wild Ginger Children's Arts kindly came out to present stories, songs, and puppet shows to children. She was a big hit! Her imaginative stories really caught hold of the kids' attentions, and her puppet shows were very beautiful and unique.

She started out with a puppet show of the rabbit and the carrot, a tale of friendship in which the forest animals share a carrot with one another during the bitter winter:

She followed this tale with some interactive songs and poems, which the kids had a fun time acting out:

Then came the tale of the lost mitten, in which the kids pretended to be various wild animals hiding in a boy's lost mitten:

After this came more interactive songs and poems, followed by the last story. It was an Ojibway tale of Shingebiss the duck, who bravely faced the fierce North Wind:

Chris' presentation ended with a few more songs, and then the kids headed out to go sledding! Here is board member Alana Haley carting board member Jennifer Lewis' child back to the farmhouse:
It was a perfect day for outdoor activities: sunny, warm, with a clear view of the Jordan River Valley. (Though I'm not sure the kids noticed this much while flying down the hill!) We here at Wagbo hope to see you out at the farm for more winter events!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Folklore Film Series

The Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center presents:
Folklore Film Series
For traditional cultures throughout the world, many stories were reserved for Wintertime and few were children’s bedtime stories, but tales to open the minds of all ages. At 7pm every Friday in February we will be honoring this tradition with a film version of a classic Folktale from various cultures throughout the North.

February 5th will be our monthly “First Friday Potluck” at 6pm followed by the film The Secret of Roan Inish, a hauntingly beautiful tale set along the Irish coast, this story concerns an infant that some say has been taken by seals! 1hr 43min. PG.
February 12th we will be showing The Storyteller. (PG) This HBO series from Jim Henson patterned its tales from old, often dark tales from the bards of Northern Europe. We will be watching three 22 minute episodes: The Three Ravens, The Heartless Giant, and The Luck Child.
February 19th will show the award-winning Spirited Away. (2hrs. PG.) This intense and surreal animation borrows it’s themes from Russian as well as Japanese traditions. A highly acclaimed movie, it is the highest grossing film in Japanese history!
February 26th will conclude the film series with the rare film Ofelas aka Pathfinder (1hr 26min. PG-13 for scenes of blood and violence.) Academy award nominated, this film is a 1000 year old tale from the Sami people – Scandinavia’s last remaining nomadic Reindeer herders. This harsh Arctic tale sheds light on the tragic loss and resiliency of indigenous people in the face of conquest.

Come re-awaken your imagination and reclaim our mythic past with traditional tales and modern filmmaking! Refreshments will be provided. Call 231-536-0333 for more information.

First Friday Potluck

Potluck: Folklore Film
Friday, February 5th, 6:00 pm

Come to the Wagbo Farm’s monthly potluck for food, fun, and good company! A dish to pass is always welcome, but not required. Wagbo provides drinks and table service. Then stick around after dinner for the kick-off of our Folklore Film Series with “The Secret of Roan Inish.” A hauntingly beautiful tale set along the Irish coast, this story concerns an infant that some say has been taken by seals! 1hr 43min. Rated PG. For more info, call Wagbo at 231-536-0333.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Storytelling with Chris Evans

Join Wagbo as we celebrate winter with East Jordan's Annual Sno-Blast Festival! On Saturday, January 16th, at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm, storyteller Chris Evans of Wild Ginger Children's Arts will be telling stories and doing puppet plays of winter tales including:"Rabbit and Carrot," a story of friendship, and the Chippewa story "Shingebiss," about a duck who defeats the fierce north wind. The children will be able to help act out the story "The Mitten" as Chris tells it. We'll also move together as we sing songs, recite poems, and play games full of wintery themes. Probably most suitable for ages 2-12 but all ages are welcome.

Hope to see ya there!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sno-Blast Winter Festival

The Wagbo Farm is joining in with East Jordan's Annual Sno-Blast Festival on Saturday, January 16th and Sunday, January 17th. Come out to the farm on Saturday between 10 am and 4 pm to enjoy sledding with full view of the beautiful Jordan River Valley! Hot chocolate, tea, and baked goodies will also be served in the farmhouse. Chris Evans of the Wild Ginger Children's Group will be doing a puppet show and storytelling at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm.

Join us Sunday at 3:30 pm for a film showing of The Neverending Story. Wolfgang Petersen made his first English-language film with this 1984 fantasy about a boy (Barret Oliver) visualizing the stories of a book he's reading. The imagined tale involves another boy, a warrior (Noah Hathaway), and his efforts to save the empire of Fantasia from a nemesis called "the Nothing." In this epic tale of danger and heroism, more than just an empire is at stake - it is childrens imaginations the world over. Rated PG.

For more information, call the East Jordan Chamber of Commerce at 231-536-7151, or call Wagbo at 231-536-0333.

Winter Ecology Walks

Winter Ecology Walks in the beautiful Jordan Valley!
Every Sunday in January at 2pm
Meet at the Wagbo Farmhouse

Join us for a naturalist-lead hike through forest and field as we experience the beauty of Winter at one of Antrim County's Nature Preserves. Learn more about trees, Natural History of the Valley, and search for animal tracks and sign while we hike along a tributary of the Jordan - our 1st designated "Wild and Scenic River." Then warm up indoors with Hot Chocolate! Suggestion Donation $5 per person. Come dressed for the weather as the snow may be deep. Snowshoe rental is available. Call 231-536-0333 for more information.

Second Friday Potluck: Living off the Grid

Our regular “first” Friday potluck will be held on the second Friday of January. "Living off the Grid" will take place January 8th at 6:00 pm at the Martha Wagbo Farm. A dish to pass is always welcome, but never required, so don’t feel overly obligated to bring one! Drinks and table service are provided by Wagbo.

The program will start at 7:00 with a powerpoint presentation about living off the grid. The speaker will be Michael Buttigieg, who has been living off the grid with his wife Tammy since they moved from Detroit to the East Jordan area in 1998. Michael has been an active and influential part of the community: he was president of the Lake Charlevoix Association for four years; served as a board member for Friends of the Boyne River;and is a current board member of Tip of the Mitt Watershed and the Water and Aire Team of Charlevoix. He is also the proud owner of Michael's Solar and Wind. Don't miss this intriguing and educational presentation!