Frequently Updated Park News
Silverwood Park Land for Sublease
Land for Sublease!
The Friends of Silverwood (FoSP) has uncertified but functionally organic land to sublease for produce or flower production. The lease requires a minimal commitment to public education efforts at the park of 8 hours annually.
For details go to:
https://www.silverwoodpark.org/cultivation/grower-partners/ or for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Come Learn about Mushrooms!
The Mushroom Log Event is Back!
April 4, 7, or 14 from 12pm-2pm
April 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 from 10am-2pm
Contact Rita for more info. Also, we are looking for volunteers!
Please complete this form to register for the event: Mushroom Workshop Registation 2024
Next Board Meeting 3/5
Join us at the next board meeting!
Start time: 5:30pm
Board meetings are open to the public and are currently held in person at the Stonehouse Visitors Center at Silverwood Park.
Here is the agenda: 2024-Agenda for Board Meeting in March
Silverwood Needs You!
Silverwood Park needs you!
Volunteers are needed for specific events including a volunteer to organize the Barn Dance in June (secure the band and caller and organize the homemade pie sales). Another volunteer is needed for organizing the Harvest Festival in September (arrange for entertainment, art/crafts booths, educational exhibits, and food), as well as a rental manager for the Stonehouse and North Shed (serve as contact person for potential renters, meet with renters, and coordinate arrangements for set up and clean up).Have a skid steer? Silverwood growers are seeking an individual or business with a skid-steer (and a trailer to haul) to turn the growers compost pile four times during the growing season (May to September).
Check out the informational signs at the park!
Come see our latest addition for park visitors--signs explaining the Stonehouse history and the Agroforestry Demo Farm! Here's a blog post about the signs. Thanks, everyone who helped get this done!
Woods Conservation Work: What's New?
Rita Fox is our woodland restoration manager. Volunteer to work with her team, which often meets on Friday and Saturday mornings, starting at 9 am.
We need certified volunteers to chainsaw brush and trees for removal. This is done from late summer until we get at least an inch of snow on the ground to burn the piles.
We prepare for the Controlled burn in the spring, and follow up with seeding in areas that don't need lots of spraying for invasives. We have also created piles to the South of the burn unit until spraying time arrives. We do apply chemicals using Backpack Sprayers (Garlon mixed with a little Escort is our usual formula). We are investigating an Organic Spray for possible use. We hand pull some invasives like garlic mustard and cut hedge parsley and yellow clover. Mike is our guide for spray applications as he knows about prairie plants (has his own prairie at his residence) and Savanna needs.
We started thinning trees on the steep slopes north of the area we worked to clear a year ago. More sunlight will help the sown Savannah seeds grow! And the trees are too crowded together in the areas where we will be cutting trees.
Call Rita at 715-623-7277 to find out more. If you come out to the park to work with the restoration team, be sure to bring water, and snacks, dress appropriately for the day's weather; and wear your work gloves.
Read a blog post about the woodland restoration work done in Fall 2022 here.
Volunteer with the Friends of Silverwood Park
Did you know that volunteering feels good--and is good for you? One of the best ways to get an idea about volunteering with the Friends of Silverwood Park is to visit the park and do a “walk and talk” with a Board member. You can contact us at email@example.com to set that up.
Of Interest to our Grower Partners....
Marbleseed, formerly known as MOSES
Marbleseed has announced the launch of its brand new website, to support its new name and branding. Marbleseed is the organization formerly known as the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). For over thirty years, Marbleseed/MOSES has been working in community with the Midwest’s regenerative and organic farmers. Now they are continuing that work and leveraging their social capital to grow the region’s organic farming movement. The name has changed, but the work remains the same: farmer-led and rooted in organic. Visit the website to find resources, programs, events, news, and more.
Building Community Online Marbleseed is collaborating with partners to create the Ag Solidarity Network, a platform of knowledge exchange, advancement, and sharing of practices that work for farmers to succeed. The platform will be free for farmers to use: post pictures, ask questions, and receive notifications. The platform will centralize conversation threads between the various groups and facilitate networking.
Marbleseed Podcasts Dive into the most relevant topics of sustainable and organic farming through interviews with farmers and ag professionals with Marbleseed Podcasts which include MOSES Organic Farming, In Her Boots, and coming in 2023: a new show to build awareness around the 2023 Farm Bill and amplify the stories of farmers of color, beginning farmers, and veteran farmers.
Watch "Introduction to Agroforestry Technical Assistance" with the Savanna Institute
Savanna Institute January Newsletter
2024 Apprenticeship Applications Now Open!
Each season, we pair apprentices with mentor farms for 10 weeks of on-farm agroforestry learning. Apply now through May for the 2024 season.
Savanna Institute Upcoming Events
About Savanna Institute
Our partner, the Savanna Institute, is laying the groundwork for widespread agroforestry in the Midwest. Just take a look at the demonstration plantings on the right as you drive into Silverwood Park to see their work in action.