CLC Next Webinar will be August 26, 2021, How to Collect and Sow Your Native Seed

REGISTER HERE :   https://balibrary.librarycalendar.com/events/how-collect-and-sow-your-native-seed

Mark your calendar for the next Chicago Living Corridors webinar. “How to Collect and Sow Your Native Plant Seeds” ·
Date/Time: August 26, 2021, 7-8:30 pm·
Location: Webinar through the Chicago Area Living Corridor Alliance (CALCA), hosted by the Barrington Area Public Library·
Fee: Free· Registration Procedure: Register through the Barrington Area Public Library at https://balibrary.librarycalendar.com/…/how-collect-and…·
Leader: Sarah Michehl· Description: Use those seeds!

Join Sarah Michehl from The Land Conservancy of McHenry County for tips and tricks on how to collect and sow your native plant seeds. Basic seed identification, collection methods and timelines, and tips on how to sow will be covered. Our native habitats need all the native plant help they can get, so utilize those seeds!

Bio: Sarah Michehl is the Community Engagement Specialist with The Land Conservancy of McHenry County and has spent the last 20 years learning and working in the environmental field as an educator. She has a personal and professional interest in sharing with others the functionality and joy that comes with incorporating native plants into any property. She’s had the opportunity to visit over 200 properties as part of The Land Conservancy’s Conservation@Home program. She also really likes dogs, kids, reading, and insatiably researching just about anything.

IMPORTANT UPDATE Chicago Living Corridors’ webinars will be hosted by the Barrington Area Library on their Zoom platform.  

Please register at:
https://balibrary.librarycalendar.com/events/how-collect-and-sow-your-native-seed

CLC Next Webinar will be May 27, 2021, Keys to Seed Libraries, Seed Sharing and Seed Terminology

REGISTER HERE :   https://balibrary.librarycalendar.com/…/seed-sharing….

Have you thought about starting a Seed Library or Seed Sharing Event and had no idea where to start? Have you heard about a Seed Library and were wondering what it was? Are you swayed by Non-GMO promises on seed packaging? Have you ever wondered if you can save seeds from grocery store produce? If any of these thoughts have crossed your mind, this talk will give you loads of AH-HA moments as we provide a behind the scenes looks at community seed sharing. We will discuss the legal and practical requirements for seed sharing through seed libraries and seed swaps, demystify terms related to seed choices, and provide basic concepts for seed saving.

Carolina Schottland is an attorney by trade, but a plant person by passion. She is the Program Coordinator for the Round Lake Area Garden Club which oversees and manages a permanent Seed Library at the Round Lake Area Library. Ms. Schottland is a Lake County Extension Master Gardener and also volunteers with the Lake County Forest Preserve and Chicago Botanic Garden. Liz Kirchhoff is an Adult Services Librarian at the Barrington Area Library, where she has worked for almost fourteen years. Last year she opened the new Seed Library after several years of research, grant writing, and preparation. This year, she’ll be expanding gardening programming at the library to include a Teaching Garden, where Extension Master Gardeners will teach hands on classes to small groups of students. In her free time, Liz reads for a book award committee and is hard at work renovating her new house and garden.

IMPORTANT UPDATE Chicago Living Corridors’ webinars will be hosted by the Barrington Area Library on their Zoom platform.  

Please register at:
https://balibrary.librarycalendar.com/events/seed-sharing-seed-libraries-swaps-and-saving.

Chicago Living Corridors Next Webinar will be April 22, 2021, A Native Shade Garden

Chicago Living Corridors next webinar will be Thursday,, January 14, 2021 at

Chicago Living Corridors next webinar will be Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 7:00 pm. The presenter will be Peggy Simonsen from Citizens for Conservation, who will share “A Wealth of Possibilities for a Native Shade Garden. She’ll discuss plants in all seasons, and emphasize the value of plants that are native to our area

REGISTER HERE :   https://balibrary.librarycalendar.com/events/native-plants-shade-gardens.

IMPORTANT UPDATE Chicago Living Corridors’ webinars will be hosted by the Barrington Area Library on their Zoom platform.  

Chicago Living Corridors Next Webinar will be January 14, 2021, 7:00 pm, Native Shrubs in the Home Landscape.

Chicago Living Corridors next webinar will be Thursday,, January 14, 2021 at

Chicago Living Corridors next webinar will be Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 7:00 pm. The presenter will be Sarah Michehl from The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, who will share “Native Shrubs in the Home Landscape. Foundation plantings, privacy hedgerows, and species to feature will be covered.

REGISTER HERE :  https://balibrary.librarycalendar.com/events/native-shrubs-home-landscape

IMPORTANT UPDATE Starting with this January webinar, Chicago Living Corridors’ webinars will be hosted by the Barrington Area Library on their Zoom platform.  

NOTE: This webinar will be on Thursday instead of Wednesday

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Chicago Living Corridors Next Webinar, Unexpected Pleasure by Ders Anderson – November 11, 2020, 7:00 pm

Chicago Living CorridorsThe November webinar for Chicaog Living Corridors will be Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 7:00 pm. The presenter will be Ders Anderson, who will share “Unexpected Pleasures: What our restored habit taught us”.

Ders has served as the Greenways Director for Openlands for 25 years, focused on greenway corridors of open space, both land-based and stream-based. We hope you will join us for this excellent program. Register at

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4903467127806712333https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4903467127806712333

Monarch Joint Venture Webinar: Getting Monarchs Into Business

Businesses and corporations can help create native habitat on private property.  Here is information on a webinar scheduled for Aug. 28, 2018.  One of the presenters is Iris Caldwell (UIC) who will discuss activities of Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group, an organization active in the Chicago Area.

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 28th, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT (1pm Central, 12pm Mountain, 11am Pacific)

Webinar Title: Getting Monarchs Into Business: Case studies of monarch conservation

Description: Thelma Redick will discuss the business case for support monarch conservation, exploring how businesses work with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) to incorporate conservation into business operations, corporate citizenship initiatives and business management targets. Several quick-fire case studies will introduce the breadth of project types implemented by WHC members, across sectors and with varying resource availability. Susan Kelsey, will then take a deep dive into how GM, a long-time member of the Wildlife Habitat Council, monarch habitat a priority among their suite of pollinator projects in North America. With more than seventy certified programs world-wide, GM has used very effectively used monarch habitat as one way to engage employees and community, enhance habitat, and link to local, regional and national ecological initiatives. Iris Caldwell will then provide an overview of how organizations in the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group are approaching monarch habitat conservation, also featuring a couple of industry case studies.

Presenters:  Iris Caldwell, Energy Resources Center, Thelma Redick, Wildlife Habitat Council and Susan Kelsey, GM.

Register: Getting Monarchs into Business

Please feel free to share this announcement and registration information!

We look forward to your participation!
MJV/NCTC Webinar Team

Tracy McCleaf

US Fish and Wildlife Service
National Conservation Training Center
698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
304-876-7781
tracy_mccleaf@fws.gov

Native Plant Sales

NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus, a number of Native Plant Sales are being cancelled or held online. As the information comes in, the information will be updated, but do plan to check with the organization. The list was updated on March 20, but nursery information not yet validated.

Sales are grouped by county, proceeding north to south, and were originally organized chronologically within county.  Due to the Coronavirus, many dates are not chronological this year.  

 

Organizations

McHenry County

Cancelled – Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee
May, 2021  First Sunday in May at McHenry County College
Noon to 3 PM  Cash and check only. 150 Species of forbs, grasses and ferns.  Sale has enjoyed an excellent reputation for 30 years.  Excellent Selection.  http://www.thewppc.org/sale.html  Sales from other vendors available at same location.  

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County Spring Sustainability Sale
2021 Order ahead, Pickup May 14 and 15, time to be determined
Check website for further details.
4622 Dean St., Woodstock, IL 60098
Trees, shrubs, plants, herbs, vegetables, rain barrels, and composters.
www.conservemc.org 815-337-9502

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION MASTER GARDENERS of McHENRY COUNTY
No Plant Sale for Spring 2021
PO Box 1430  | 1102 McConnell Rd | Woodstock IL 60098
Phone: 815 338 3737
dahlfors@illinois.edu | web.extension. Illinois.edu/l  

Lake County

Openlands Native Plant Sale (formerly Conserve Lake County) – 
Online ordering available now, thru the fall
Openlands is partnering with Possibility Place Nursery. 
Selection will change thru the season.  Plants will be delivered
Please check https://www.possibilityplace.com/order-online?partner=ol

Friends of Volo Bog Native Plant Sale
2021 Online Orders thru May 11 @ 3:00 pm
Pick-up is May 22 and 23 at Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 W. Brandenburg Road, Ingleside, IL behind the Visitor Center. Order online at  https://www.friendsofvolobog.org/

Citizens for Conservation
Order online thru April 18, 2021. Pick-up bwetween May 6-8, by appointment
held on the grounds of Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.  Lake County.
Over 200 varieties of forbs, ferns, grasses, trees and shrubs.  Check http://citizensforconservation.org  Also fall tree and shrub sale by pre-order only in August for delivery in September each year.

Lake Forest Open Lands Go Native! Plant Sale
No 2021 Information
Mellody Farm Nature Preserve  
Saturday, May 16th, 2020  8AM-1PM
350 North Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
http://www.lfola.org/go-native-plant-tree-sale 

The Gardeners of Central Lake County Garden Club 
No 2021 Information
817 W. Lake Street, Libertyvillle
Beautiful healthy local plants for sun or shade, Cash or check http://www.gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org  or call Cindy at 847-772-2186
Knowledgeable club members on hand to help you with your selection.   

Lake County Forest Preserves Native Plant Sale
2021 – Check website for information.
North Bay Pavilion at Independence Grove in Libertyville
16400 Buckley Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048
https://www.lcfpd.org/plant-sale/

The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Lake County
Saturday, June 12, 2021
  annual plant sale – “From our Garden to Yours”. Plants available include perennials shared from the Master Gardener’s gardens, natives, herbs and vegetable plant seedlings. Used garden-related items will be available for sale in our “Garden Treasures” area. Payments accepted in cash and check only.
University of Illinois Extension, 100 S. Highway 45, Grayslake, IL 60030.  9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  For further information, go to https://extension.illinois.edu/events/2021-06-12-lake-county-extension-master-gardener-2021-plant-sale or phone 847-223-8627

Winnebago County

Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter – Rockford area
Advance orders are due Friday, April 30.
Members-only pick-up Thursday, May 6, 3-7 pm.
Order Pickup and Public Sales, Friday, May 7, 3-7 pm and Saturday, May 8, 9-2 pm.
Masks and personal distancing required. 
President, Jerry Paulson, paulsonjerry@aol.com

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Cook County

Chicago Audubon Native Plant Sale 
Order online on their website (below).  Pickup date is May 23. 2021
12:00-2:00pm at North Park Village Nature Center,
5801 N Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60646.
Please contact Nancy Bradt at nbdoodle@yahoo.com
        for plant suggestions
https://www.chicagoaudubon.org/new-events/native-plants-sale/2021

Skokie Park District Earth Day Plant Sale
Check website for 2021 details
4650 Brummel St, Skokie, IL 60076
https://www.skokieparks.org/special-events

Go Green Wilmette 2021 Native Plant Sale
Saturday May 8th, 2021  9:00 – 11:00 am
Pick-up Location Gillson Park Beach Parking Lot,  Wilmette, IL
Check website for details
http://www.gogreenwilmette.org/plantsale/

Lake Catherine Nature Center
No 2021 Information
8:00 am to 11:00 am7402 W. Lake Catherine Drive, Palos Heights http://www.lakekatherine.org/special-events.cfm

Irons Oaks Native Plant Sale
2021 Sale date, May 15
Check website for details
20000 Western Avenue, Olympia Fields, IL 60461
http://www.ironsoaks.com/

Thorn Creek Audubon Society/Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve
Saturday, May 22, 2021 9:00 am to noon
Limited Open Sale, Check Website
Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve
1100 Ridge Road, Homewood, IL 60430
Thorn Creek Native Plant Sale

Schaumburg Community Garden Club
Schaumburg Park District
ONLINE Preorder only, Pick-up only.  No tent sale
2021 Pre-ordering information available on website
1111 E. Schaumburg Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60193
http://schaumburggardenclub.org/plantsales/native-plant-sale/

Wild Ones West Cook Chapter Native Plant Sale
June 3-5, 2021, Online ordering now open.
Check website for details
405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302t
West Cook Wild Ones

DuPage County

Morton Arboretum Plant Sale
2021 Please refer to website for details
Requires admission to Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
Different availabilities for members
Morton Arboretum Plant Sale

Kane-Dupage Soil and Water Conservation District Native Plant Sale
No 2021 Information
2315 Dean St, St. Charles, IL 60175
http://www.kanedupageswcd.org/sales.htm

Wheaton Park District Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 24th, 2021  from 8:30AM-11:00 AM
820 W. Liberty Dr, Wheaton, IL
Check details here http://wheatonparkdistrict.com/

College of DuPage Native Plant Sale
No 2021 Information
Health and Science Center (HSC) Greenhouse
Check this link for information.

DuPage County Forest Preserve District Native Plant Sale
2021 Order Online Pick-up  Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15
Time determined by Alphabetical order of Last Name (see website)
Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook
630-933-7247.
Shop for flowers, grasses, trees and shrubs and get expert advice
https://www.dupageforest.org/native-plant-sale 

The Conservation Foundation Native Plant Sale
Order online  April 30-May 2, 2021
Do check details on the website
10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 60565
http://www.theconservationfoundation.org/

Annual Naperville Community Gardeners Plant Sale
No 2021 Information
Wide selection of Native pollinator plants, shared member Perennials, Annuals and Veggies Naperville’s Ron Ory Garden Plots On West St.More info at http/napervillecommunitygardeners.org.

 

Kane County

Kane County Forest Preserve Foundation
2021 Order Online thru April 15, Pick up May 1
Check website for details
LeRoy Oaks Forest Preserves in St. Charles
https://kaneforestpreservefoundation.org

Northern Kane County Wild Ones Native Plant Sale
No 2021 Information
28 Brookside Dr, Elgin, IL 60123
Northernkanecounty.wildones.org

Kendall County

Plano Middle School Native Plant Sale
No  2021 Information
802 S. Hale St., Plano, IL 60545
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t5hdJ7gOO93z3Raw-FexkxV2KIBMFqpQNoG3sTeHMsM/edit

Kendall County Forest Preserve District Native Plant Sale
No 2021 Information at this time.
10460  Rt. Highway 71, Yorkville
https://naturalcommunities.net/pages/kendall-county-native-plant-sale

Will County

Forest Preserve District of Will County
Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale
Online ordering thru May 1, pick up May 14 and 15
17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet, IL 60433
More than 150 species of  native perennials,  trees and shrubs
https://www.reconnectwithnature.org/News-Events/Event-Calendar/

Kankakee County

Illinois Native Plant Society Native Plant Sale List
Not all sales are INPS – Check https://illinoisplants.org/native-plant-sales/
There will be some duplication with this list.

Indiana locations

Friends of Indiana Dunes Native Plant Sale
Online only,  Curbside pick up April 24th, 2021
Check website for details.  
http://friendofindianadunes.org/

Gibson Woods Wild Ones 16th Annual Native Plant Sale
See website for 2021 details
6201 Parrish Ave, Hammond, IN 46323
http://www.gw-wildones.org/

Wisconsin location

Wild Ones Menomonee River Area Native Plant Sale
No 2021 information
W180 N6275 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53052 http://menomoneeriverarea.wildones.org/native-plant-sale/

Nurseries Selling Native Plants

West Suburban Locations
*The Growing Place       (TWO LOCATIONS) NGN
Natural Garden Native brand
25 W 471 Plank Road, Naperville, IL 60563
Naperville: (630) 355-4000

2000 Montgomery Road, Aurora, IL 60504
Aurora: (630) 820-8088
http://thegrowingplace.com/

NOTE:   Natural Garden Natives TM (NGN) is a true native brand that represents natives sourced from within 90 miles of St. Charles.  They can be purchased directly from the warehouse of Midwest Groundcovers, above. They can also be found at numerous nurseries here: http://www.naturalgardennatives.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/wheretobuy.find .  Look for NGN

*Planters Palette
28 West 571 Roosevelt Road
Winfield, IL 60190
630-293-1040
Planterspalette.com

Natural Communities
Algonquin;
Tel: (331) 248-1016 Nick Fuller  Appointment suggested.
Web: NaturalCommunities, Batavia  Email: natives@naturalcommunities.net

*Midwest Groundcovers LLC Natural Garden Natives
6N800 Illinois Route 25
P.O. Box 748 , St. Charles, IL 60174 (near Bartlett)
Tel: 847/742-1790 Fax: 847/742-2655
Web: http://www.midwestgroundcovers.com.

*Wasco Nursery
41W781 Route 64, St. Charles, IL 60175
Tel: (630) 584-4424 (West of Randall Road)
Web: Wasco Nursery  Pollinator Kits $99
They have a selection of native plants included in their stock

Byron Native Nursery (Wholesale only)
POBox 125
St. Charles, IL 60174
630-513-5105
Byronnursery.com

Linda’s Loves (charitable)
4509 Wilson Ave., Downers Grove.
Tel: (630) 971-2411 by appointment only.
Web:  Linda’s Loves 2016 Plants.  Email: Linda at melin80@sbcglobal.net

Northwest Suburban Locations

Glacier Oaks Nursery
8216 White Oaks Road
Harvard, IL, 60033
815-482-7404
glacieroaksnursery.com

Hawthorn Gardens Center and Gift Store
24481 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047
Phone number is: 847-726-0627
Www.hawthorngardens.net
They provide a selection of straight native species and will provide curbside pick-up.

Blazing Star Nursery
2107 Edgewood Drive
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-4716
blazingstar.com

Ohana FarmsTree and Shrub Nursery in Marengo, IL.
http://ohana-farms.com
They have a selection of natives included in their stock.

Natives Haven Native Wildflower Nursery
13809 Durkee Rd, Harvard, IL 60033
(815) 344-6623
http://www.nativeshaven.com

Red Buffalo Nursery
 5515 Hill Road, Richmond, IL, 60071
Tel: 815-678-4848 Appointment suggested.
Web: http://redbuffalonursery.com/  Email:jack@redbuffalonursery.com
Spring sale dates – first two weekends in May.  10 am to 4 pm.
Also sell at farmer’s markets.  Check their website for information.

Natural Communities Native Plants  This company does not have a brick and mortar store, but serves the Chicago area.  Free local pick-up.
Orders shipped.  https://naturalcommunities.net  This listing overlaps with the entry further down of Natural Communities, but there is somewhat different information.

Cook County, North Suburban

Pollinator Prairie Patch
Northwest side of Chicago
Visits by appointment only
Call 773-510-2486
www.PollinatorPrairiePatch.com

Reds Garden Center  Carries a selection of native plants.
3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL
847-272-1209
http://www.redsgardencenter.com 

South of the Chicago Area

Possibility Place Nursery
7548 W. Monee-Manhattan Road, Monee, IL 60449
Tel: 708/534-3988 Fax: 708/534-6272  By appointment only.
As of July, 2018, you can order a selection of plants online.
Web: www.possibilityplace.com

Possibility Place has partnered with Sag Moraine Native Plant Community.  Sag Moraine is a non- profit, all volunteer organization committed to promoting native plants and ecological landscaping in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.  Every time a purchase is made at Possibility Place through a link on Sag Moraine’s website or Facebook page, a portion of the proceeds goes to continue the work of Sag Moraine.  Help Sag Moraine by purchasing native plants with this linkhttps://sagmoraine.org/resources/

Further Afield:  Other native plant nurseries can be found through the Plant Natives webpage.  Illinois is on this page:  http://www.plantnative.org/nd_idtoks.htm

*Listings with asterisk are not exclusively natives, but are shown in listings of resources selling native plants.  There may be additional full-service nurseries that carry some natives

Mail Order Native Plant Nurseries

Prairie Moon Nursery – highly-respected nursery with all native plants, pure species.  Selling seeds, potted trays and bare root stock. About 700 Species.  Online catalog, (great Plant Finder feature) or physical catalog.  http://www.prairiemoon.com

Prairie Nursery – another highly-respected nursery with a long history or selling native plants. Pure species. Seeds and plants.  Plant finder feature for the online catalog, or request a catalog.  http://www.prairienursery.com

Spring Gardening Inspiration, hosted by Darien Garden Club

On Saturday, March 10, Chicago Living Corridors was an exhibitor at the Darien Garden Club’s Spring Gardening Inspiration.  This event had 115 registrants and 11 exhibitors. The volunteers did a terrific job of planning, from greeting the exhibitors at the entrance to offer assistance, to providing an array of refreshments and lunch, and  wonderful perks. The best goody bag ever and a plant arrangement at every table. There were over thirty baskets of raffle prizes.

Of course, the speakers are the essential part of a good program, and the keynote was given by Dr. Abigail Derby Lewis, Senior Conservation Ecologist, Senior Program Manager, Chicago Region, Field Museum of Natural History.  “What You Plant Matters: the collective impact of urban habitat on people and nature.” She showed maps and graphs diagraming the amount of available open land in the Chicago region, and the opportunities that exist for increasing the habitat for monarchs. The challenges created by climate change were a major focus of her presentation, and the resulting impact on invasives, diseases, flooding, biodiversity, and mismatching of “pheno-phase”.  (meaning that plants will bloom too early due to warmer temperatures and not be available when the insects/birds arrive that depend on those plants.)

She recommended actions that can be taken to withstand the changes, and stressed the need for improving the health of the landscape: tree planting initiatives and the Biodiversity Recovery Plan of Chicago Wilderness were two examples.  Planting native habitat on private property was a key objective, and lines up perfectly with the mission of Chicago Living Corridors.

After the keynote, there were two tracks, with two speakers on native plant subjects and two speakers on vegetable gardening.

The variety of exhibitors was also a great feature – including tables for Conservation@Home, The Indian Prairie Public Library, Sunny Patch Farm, the Forest Preserves of DuPage County, a Seed Library (I missed the full name, but a terrific idea),  Downers Grove Organic Gardeners, the Garden Clubs of Illinois organization, and Wild Ones of Greater DuPage, as well as a table for the host organization and a few others.

The Darien Garden Club has a number of members that are growing native plants in their home gardens, and the club stands out as a leader in the garden club universe.  Chicago Living Corridors was very pleased to have been invited to exhibit at this function, and meet some of the principals of the Darien Garden Club. We will be exploring creating a connection between the garden club and CLC.  

Volunteer Opportunities

CLC Volunteer Opportunities

Join our effort. Consider volunteering with CLC – assist in promoting native plant use, native gardens and natural habitat on private lands in the CLC Chicago Region (26 counties).

Help is needed in the following areas:

  • Social media – Facebook, Twitter, others as appropriate
  • Communication – contact with supporters and prospective supporters
  • Website – content,  responding to inquiries
  • Events – tabling, presentations
  • Garden club initiative – outreach, content development
  • Administrative support

For more information contact us at info@chicagolivingcorridors.org . To volunteer, use our
Contact Page. We will be happy to work with you to match your available time and interests with our needs.  You should know that your contribution will be valuable.

Partner Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with one of our partner organizations to get your hands in the dirt! See our Participate page for more information.