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

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
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!

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

Saturday, March 27, 10 am-3 pm
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

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.