Providing hands-on instruction in sustainable orchard management
The Friends of the Wagbo Orchard (FWO) is an all-volunteer group that manages the Wagbo apple and pear orchard.
Starting in 2012, it is still in its beginning stages. We are currently developing the FWO's goals, policies,
and agendas; but in general it will look like the Friends of the Wagbo Sugarbush model, in which volunteers receive
a share of fruit in return for their work. If you are interested in working with the FWO or would like to guide its development,
please contact Wagbo at the number or email listed.
Friends of the Wagbo Sugarbush
Bringing the agri-cultural heritage of maple sugaring to our community
The Friends of the Wagbo Sugarbush (FWSB) is an all-volunteer group that makes syrup at the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center in East Jordan.
It is a diverse group whose common purpose is to make great maple syrup and to share both the product and the process with the local community.
There is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals, and even the whole family can get involved! If you are interested in working with the FWSB,
please contact Wagbo for more information at the number or email listed.
Wild Edibles for Ecological and Dietary Sustainability
Reaping what we did not sow...
Wild Edibles for Ecological and Dietary Sustainability (WEEDS) is a Northern Michigan forager’s group devoted to wildcrafting for sustenance
and fun as we reconnect to the land. We hold events throughout the year in Antrim County and beyond to harvest and prepare our wild bounty.
From maple syrup in the spring, to hazelnuts in the fall; from pine needle tea in the winter, to juicy berries in the summer: nature’s garden
is always producing food. Experience for yourself the abundance (and great taste!) of wild edibles. Join us for an educational and delicious
At the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center we don't just teach about sustainability, we incorporate it as a model
for living on our land. Our goals include improving energy efficiency, maintaining a healthy biodiverse landscape, and controling invasive
species. During the winter of 2010 Ric Evans of Paradigm Energy Services performed an audit on the Wagbo Farmhouse to determine
what steps should be taken to increase our energy efficiency. We have taken the first major step toward this goal
by repairing and reinsulating the farmhouse roof. Our land is conserved through selective timber harvesting, old-growth management
areas, and invasive species removal.