Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember

June 22

Mr. Wizard's Field Day

Monroe Conservation District partners with Mr. Wizard’s Hop Farm to host farm field day. Local producers are invited to attend a field day at Mr. Wizard’s Hop Farm, 2646 W Albain Rd, Monroe, MI 48161, on Saturday, June 22 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Topics presented at this event will discuss soil and pest management, strategies to protect water quality, conservation programs and updates on financial assistance programs. Pesticide credits will be offered.

11:10 am: Rose Stahl, Mr. Wizard’s Hops: explanation of Hop Growers of Michigan and Grower Requirements, Verified Source Program and the importance of MAEAP verification.

11:30 am: Rob Sirrine, MSU Extension: Soil/ pest management

12:30 pm: Brittany Santure, Monroe Conservation District: Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program

1:00 pm: Andrew McCain, MSU AG Program at MCCC: Educational opportunities for young farmers and farm management

1:30 pm: Carol Clarke, MSU Extension Fruit and Nut Division: Spring management of specialty crops

2:00 pm: Tom Woelmer, Monroe County Farm Bureau: Policy development

2:15 pm: Guided farm tour and refreshments

In addition to the presenters listed, staff from the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resource Conservation Service will be present to give updates on Farm Bill programs.

Attendees interested in participating in the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program will receive MAEAP Phase 1 education credit for attending this event putting them one step closer to achieving verification.

Registration is required. Please contact the Monroe Conservation District at (734) -241-8540 ext 5 to RSVP by Friday, June 21.

Board Meeting Schedule:

The second Tuesday of each month
November – March 6:00 p.m.
April – October 7:00 p.m.

Held at the USDA Service Center
1137 South Telegraph Road, Monroe, MI
June 29

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Boat Wash Event

Saturday, June 29
At Bolles Harbor Public Boat Launch

Help prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species! - Volunteers Needed

July 13

Grassland Restoration Learnshop

Saturday, July 13, from 9 am – 12 pm
At Fiat Chrysler Dundee Engine Plant, 5800 N. Ann Arbor Road, Dundee, MI 48131

A learnshop to discuss the many facets of grassland restoration, including planning, implementation methods, and long-term maintenance. Join restoration experts from The Nature Conservancy’s Oak Openings Office and other local conservation partners as they guide us through the restoration process. This event is free and open to the public. We will start indoors and end the morning with an outdoor tour of the grassland areas. Please dress appropriately. Seating is limited, so advanced registration is required.

• Overview of grassland communities and benefits (e.g. Oak Openings, wet prairie, etc.)
• How to identify habitat potential and restoration needs
• Best management practices – prescribed burning, mowing, chemical and mechanical control
• Maintenance and invasive species management
• Tour of FCA Dundee Engine Plant grassland restoration areas

RSVP by July 10 to: Monroe Conservation District at 734-241-8540 ext. 5

**This is an approved MAEAP Phase I event

July 20

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Boat Wash Event

Saturday, July 20
At Lake Erie Metropark Boat Launch

Help prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species! - Volunteers Needed

Aug 10

Clean Boats, Clean Waters Boat Wash Event

Saturday, Aug 10
At Sterling State Park Public Boat Launch

Help prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species! - Volunteers Needed

Aug 16

Great Lakes Sail

Friday, Aug 16, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Information coming

Aug 26

Kick Your Soil Health Up a Notch: A Twililght Meeting

Friday, Aug 26, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Please see this flier for full information!

Sept 4

MCCC Farm Field Day

Wednesday, Sept 4, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
at Monroe County Community College Community Farm (details to follow)

For more information or to register for any of these events please call 734.265.9311 or email Catherine at catherine.acerboni@mi.nacdnet.net.

Monroe Conservation District
1137 South Telegraph Road, Monroe, MI 48161
734.265-9311     catherine.acerboni@mi.nacdnet.net