On May 29, Washington Island students in grades three through 12 gave back to their community through a service/learning day at Gathering Ground with Russell and Alessandra Rolffs. Through a race in the vineyard, students picked up pruned grapevine pieces, which saved the Gathering Ground team many hours of work. The students also planted blueberries, and those in grades eight through 12 received a lesson and hands-on experience in grafting grape cuttings onto existing trunks.
“We are excited to partner more with the Island School,” said board president and vineyard manager Russell Rolffs. “We hope to continue growing our partnership with Island students and expanding our educational programs.”Gathering Ground offers educational programming for families and adults throughout the summer and a summer internship to college-aged students interested in sustainability.