MEETING SCHEDULE                     
 Our next meeting will be Saturday,  April 18th at noon.  We meet in the  library conference room. Join us for a  brown bag lunch and discussion of plant sale plans.

 We'll have a morning work day before the
 meeting, starting at 9:00 a.m.
                               Everyone welcome!

                 FOREST FARM CLASS                    
Marshall Library Permaculture Forest Garden: Spring Renewal, in the Fourth Year

Friday, April 10, 2015, 9am-6pm, potluck lunch

Cost: $60-90/person sliding scale, limited work-

trade positions and scholarships available

To register, contact Zev Friedman


class info


Your mail box is probably getting as full as mine with the delivery of the seed catalogs.  Well, now is the time to be thinking about what you might enjoy growing, with a few extra to donate to the plant sale this year. 

Interested?  Give Ed McNally a call to see what native plants we hope to  sell this year.  It's also a great time of year to do hard wood cuttings for propagation! 
Want to find out what else is happening?  Give Ed a call at 828-333-3883.   

                     2015 WORK DAYS                         

Join our Green power hour from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, April 13th.  Working for just an hour gets a lot done. 

Then we'll be working the garden on Saturday, March 14th starting at
9 am.

Put it on your calendar now.....                        
    workdays are the third Saturday of the    
        month starting at 9 a.m.                             
              Green Power Hour 5-6 p.m.                
                   second Monday of the month.     

A great source of native plants is Bear Wallow Native Plants and Nursery.   Nancy Fink, owner, is an active member of the Marshall Native Plants Initiative.  
 News from MNGI

    Forest Farming? Surely impossible! Don’t trees have to be cut and land cleared in order to farm? Think again!

    A project undertaken by the Madison Native Garden Initiative (MNGI) is the development of a 3,000 sq. ft. forest farm polyculture garden. Located on the Marshall Library grounds and open to the public, one of its main purposes is to demonstrate how forest farming is done.
Land is cultivated in a way that mimics natural forest succession in order to produce diverse useful “crops” such as food, medicines, charcoal, and materials for building and crafts.

    In a forest farm, blueberries and black chokeberries might grow happily on the same site as mushrooms and persimmon trees. A forest farm is composed of different vertical layers: the top layer is typically canopy trees that provide fruits and nuts; the middle layer might be berries, vines and ornamentals; the lowest layer, the forest floor, can be cultivated for medicinal herbs, mushrooms and ferns. Not only are forest farms a way to increase use of shady, unused land, they also improve wildlife habitat and add interest and beauty to the property.

    On Friday, April 10th, MNGI will be hosting its fourth annual Forest Farming class at the Madison County Public Library. Participants will have a chance to work on an actual forest farm and at the same time learn techniques for implementing such a garden on their own properties.

    What else is new at the Marshall Native Gardens? Hundreds of flowering plants have been ordered for the Butterfly Garden. These include our beautiful orange native butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), varieties of Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium), and varieties of goldenrod (Solidago). New signs will soon be going up to help visitors to the Butterfly Garden identify butterflies and larvae and a split rail fence with wire mesh will allow children to explore freely and safely.

    On Saturday, May 23rd MNGI will once again host a plant sale at the Marshall Library that will include a variety of plants and shrubs, music and good food.

                                                         Marian Plaut