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May 3, 2021

Local Events to Start Your Summer 2021 Growing Season

Join in these upcoming seed starting and plant events with partners of the Western UP Food Systems Collaborative. All events are taking place in May 2021 and are open to anyone!

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  • Wednesday, May 12th from 4-6 p.m.: Seed Starting Party at Porvoo Park in Hancock. Join the Portage Lake Seed Library in starting seeds for your home garden. Participants will receive free seed starting kits. Free event, open to all.
  • Saturday, May 15th from 1-3 p.m.: Garden sign making and compost share at Ray Kestner Park in Houghton. Join the Growing from the Heart community food growing and sharing program as we make Growing from the Heart signs for home gardens, learn to break-down pallets for sign-making, and connect to share the abundance of local foods with one another this summer. Sign-making supplies will be provided. Extra old scrap wood for signs, crowbar, hammers/nails helpful but not required. Bring containers to take home compost. Free event, open to all.
  • Saturday, May 29th from 1-4 p.m.: Plant sale at Pewabic St. Community Garden (204 E. Houghton Ave., Houghton). Fundraiser selling indoor and outdoor plants to benefit the programs of Pewabic St. Community Garden.
  • May 30th from 11 am - 5 p.m.: Garden market at Calumet Art Center (57055 5th St., Calumet). Art sale and plant sharing/swap.

Social distancing and masks will be required at all events.

Thanks to Pewabic St. Community Garden, Calumet Art Center, Portage Lake Seed Library, Growing from the Heart, and Portage Health Foundation for planning these events.

The Western UP Food Systems Collaborative is a grassroots community effort working to create a supportive, interconnected, and equitable food system across our region through service and stewardship for the wellbeing of our earth, air, and water, and all living beings. For more information, visit