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April 2021

Online Presentation – Ziibimijwang Farm:  Growing Indigenous Food Sovereignty

April 14 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Ziibimijwang Farm is helping restore food sovereignty for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and other communities throughout the northern Great Lakes region. What opportunities and benefits are there for Native American Tribes and Communities in operating a sustainable, community-based farm?  What are the challenges associated with this approach and how can they be successfully managed?  How can collaboration with tribal and non-tribal institutions, such as the University of Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, help promote Ziibimijwang’s mission?…

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Michigan Botanical Club Presents: Lakeplain Wet Prairie Restoration at Sibley Prairie Nature Preserve

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy (SMLC) is in year five of restoring the remnant lakeplain wet prairie at its Sibley Prairie Nature Preserve - West Prairie site in Brownstown Township. This presentation highlights the rare plants and obligate species found at the site, the restoration partnership with The Nature Conservancy's Oak Openings program, and what the future could look like for this globally unique habitat; as well as the challenges and benefits of working to protect this declining natural community…

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June 2021

Community Read: Online Book Discussion – “The Home Place,” by J. Drew Lanham

June 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

We're very excited to bring you a discussion of J. Drew Lanham's The Home Place. National Geographic wrote that Lanham's book is a "lyrical story about the power of the wild  synthesizes J. Drew Lanham’s own family history, geography, nature, and race into a compelling argument for conservation and resilience.” Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum is partnering with the Ypsilanti District Library in a community read program featuring books that portray the intersection of race and the environment. Two titles have…

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