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Pickling & Fermentation Basics


Get started preserving pickled and fermented vegetables from your garden or local farm! We will cover food safety and the basics of quick pickling and fermenting. We will also discuss the differences between brined and fermented vegetables and the ingredients and equipment required for both.
WHEN: Monday, October 5, 5 - 6 p.m.
WHERE: KNC - DeLano Farms Market Barn, 357 West E Ave, Kalamazoo

Pollinators: Perils & Possibilities


The Kalamazoo Nature Center and Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones are happy to bring pollinator and garden specialists together from around the Midwest to talk to our community about the serious problems our pollinators face and the many actions you can take to help them. Our keynote is Heather Holm, author of the comprehensive book Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe, and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants, which can be purchased in the KNC Expedition Shop. Heather will be signing books throughout the day. The morning will be filled with lectures from Heather, as well as local experts on pollinators. The afternoon sessions will be devoted to workshops. Pre-registration is required.
WHEN: Saturday, October 10, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 North Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo

Compost Workshop - Hands On

Office for Sustainability will be hosting a compost mound building workshop at the Gibbs House Farm. Gaelen Brown, author of "The Compost Powered Water Heater" and founder of AgriLab Technologies Inc., will be leading the construction of the mound and educating about renewable thermal energy.This is a hands-on workshop -- it's free but you will be helping to create a working compost system; Please dress according to the weather and be prepared to get dirty! No opened toed shoes. Snacks and water will be provided. More info
WHEN: Monday, October 10, 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: WMU - Gibbs House, 503 Parkview Avenue, Kalamazoo

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For more information about Common Ground and it's programs, contact:
Catie Boring at the Kalamazoo County Land Bank
phone: (269) 216-9681