Pruning Party on Washington Island April 20-22

Celebrate Earth Day April 20-22 with Gathering Ground, a nonprofit based on Washington Island with a mission to educate youth and adults in sustainable agriculture, promote economic development, and strengthen the health of individuals, the community, and the environment. To celebrate, the group has organized work parties.

Gathering Ground has 40 acres with a five-acre vineyard. During the Friday, Saturday and Sunday celebrations volunteers will be able to help prune the vineyard and plant apple, chestnut, heartnut and pear trees. No experience is necessary. There will be demonstrations on pruning and planting throughout the weekend.

Gathering Ground’s Earth Day celebration will include the opportunity to get your hands dirty, as well as enjoy a community atmosphere with wreath-making with vine trimmings, snacks and music. You can also adopt a tree through Gathering Ground’s “First Fruits” Adopt-a-Tree program. For a $50 donation, a fruit or nut tree will be taken care of for the first five years of life, providing deer protection, fertilizer, mulch and care. The tree adopter will get to enjoy the first fruits produced by the tree, which will occur around three to five years. A tree tag that identifies the type of tree will also be emblazoned with the donor’s name.

Gathering Ground was founded 2016 when Tim and Julie Lyons donated the 40 acres to the newly incorporated 501(c)3. For more information visit

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