We had The Salvation Army's Boys and Girls Garden Club up for a visit again this summer . During this time we shared what was growing on the farm, took a walk in the forest, had a picnic and learned about flower arranging. Everyone was able to make their own flower arrangement and a sun catcher decorated with flower petals to hang in their window. We are very happy to announce we are now forming a formal partnership with this wonderful club and The Salvation Army! We will be participating in outreach to club's headquarters, offering nature crafts, programs and assistance in their new garden space! These kids will also get to come to Minglewood more than once during the year, experiencing the preserve other than just in summer! We are excited to see these kids more often through the year and hope they feel the same! We recently attended the dedication for their new garden space at the boys and Girls club on Reynolds Park Blvd. It is a lovely space and we look forward to helping them in the future to grow in many ways in this new garden.
The schedule for spring day camps are now listed under Nature Day Camps on the toolbar above. Minglewood has planned some wonderful learning experiences for the whole family. We will have fun with the kids exploring the natural world in assorted themed day camps. The Preserve will be be participating again this year in the local Piedmont Environmental Alliance's Earth Day Fair in Winston Salem located at the fairgrounds, on Saturday, April 23rd, also to celebrate Earth Day, Minglewood will have a open house and potluck Sunday, April 24th, Please check the calendar for more information. On May 7th we are having a day camp for mothers (or grandmothers/female adult) and their kids, celebrating Mother's Day. We will explore Minglewood and have lunch together. Please check our Nature Day Camps on the toolbar above for more information on this celebration.
Minglewood is Now Teaching the Lessons of Aldo Leopold!
Tripled the Amount of Visitors in 2016!
Minglewood 2017 News
Spring Day Camps, Earth Day and A Mother's Day Celebration!
We are looking forward to bringing our Sunday Supper program back to Minglewood Farm & Nature again this year! This has proven to be a great way for Minglewood to generate attention to our mission and to assist in raising funds for operations and supplies. It also has become a wonderful way of sharing Minglewood and the food we produce. Our guests always enjoy coming together to share a community meal with friends old and new. We hope you can join us for a Sunday Supper or two in 2017 . We will be posting the schedule and chef listing soon.
Farm to Table Meals are Starting Up...Again for 2017!
We were very excited to have one of our visiting groups this summer come from the Winston Salem Boys & Girls Garden Club. This was a very inquisitive group of kids. They were eager to learn from what was growing on the farm this time of year to identifying assorted trees, mosses & life in the forest. We had scavenger hunts in the forest & on the farm. Lots of fun was had for all, including wrapping up our day making hand cranked blueberry ice-cream! Here is your connection to read all about Minglewood & the visit.
We also had a wonderfull article written about MInglewood in the Mt Airy newspaper this past spring
Boys & Girls Garden Club Visit Leads to Article in Local Paper(2015)
Now Taking Reservations
We are now taking reservations for school groups, garden clubs, senior adults and anyone who is interested in visiting Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve. Visit and see what is growing for the upcoming season or hike the woods and learn about the great biodiversity of the North Carolina foothills! There is a lot to see and experience here on Minglewood and we look forward to sharing it with you.
We are proud to celebrate the first year of Minglewood Farm & Nature Preserve by planting a Yellow Wood tree, a native of the NC mountains with our kids Will and Chloe Imus. Our hope is that one day they will reflect with others under the shade of this beautiful flowering tree.
Minglewood Farm & Nature Preserve Tree Planting (2015)
Farm & Nature Preserve
Girls and Boys Garden Club from The Salvation Army and Minglewood to form Partnership
Minglewood Farm & Nature Preserve is very happy to report that we have more than tripled the amount of visitors that we had all of last year! The Preserve continues to pull from schools in Surry, Stokes and Forsyth counties to visit. The preserve also continues to host homeschoolers, garden clubs, women's groups, church groups and now school faculty retreats! We were delighted to host the Winston Salem Montessori school faculty retreat here in August. It was a lovely day and they were able to enjoy their retreat in the open air of Minglewood Farm & Nature Preserve. It was wonderful to see these teachers in action as they planned and focused on the this year's children they would be influencing in such positive ways. We feel strongly that they will be back with their students in tow to experience many of the lessons that can be found in the natural world here at Minglewood.
Continued Partnership with The Boys and Girls Garden Club and Growing
This winter Margie & Bill Imus (directors of MFNP) attended a workshop to study the The Leopold Education Project (LEP) curriculum, and Lessons in Land Ethic (LLE), which is an innovative, interdisciplinary educational curriculum based on the classic writing of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold (author of Sand County Almanac). LLE was developed for grades 6-12 and is designed to teach the public about humanities ties to the natural world and to provide leadership in the effort to conserve and protect's the Earth's natural resources. This is a wonderful resource for Minglewood to get our message across and to help produce our future conservationist and environmentalist in a fun learning and educational manner! With the help of the LEP, Minglewood is able to provide students with direct experiences in the natural world by making use of the outdoors as a learning laboratory for problem solving, observing and discovering. Students will expand their awareness and appreciation of the environment. Minglewood shares many of the goals of the LEP, to create an ecologically literate citizenry, to heighten students awareness of the natural world while fine tuning the skills necessary to read the landscape, instill love, respect and admiration for the land in order to create a personal land ethic in each individual. This is a very exciting opportunity for MFNP and the surrounding school systems! We are not only able to bring these lessons to the preserve to share with students but we are now available to lead workshops to engage TEACHERS in the lessons of LEP, so they can take these lessons back to their classrooms and schoolyards! We will offer our first teacher LEP workshop this summer, stay tuned. And please call or email to make your reservations to bring your students to MFNP and learn from the many lessons that nature has to offer us!
Come join us for this fantastic day celebrating Art In Nature throughout Minglewood Farm & Nature Preserve. This is a fun day for the community to visit Minglewood and experience nature first hand and how the natural world can be such a strong influence on artist and the their work. We will have stations setup throughout the preserve giving children (& adults!) the opportunity to create their own art from nature! There will be stations celebrating how the written word can be such beautiful inspirations in poetry, story telling and music. We will have numerous artist that create art from natural items or create nature inspired art, sharing their crafts and art. We will have a food truck or two and a bake sale with beverages available for dining, you are welcome to bring a picnic for your lunch too. We are excited to feature our friend and artist, Terry Schupbach-Gordon to be the professional story teller that day with fun stories for the kids with the help of her puppets. There will be music, art and crafts, dancing, stories, poetry and much more. This is a free event with thanks to the NC Arts Council and the Surry County Arts Council. Minglewood and the Arts Councils of NC making our community stronger! There will be more announced on this event soon, please stay tuned and check our FB account!
MingleWood's Leaders Becoming NC Environmental Educators
2nd Annual Art In Nature Celebration, Saturday May 20th, 2017, 10am-5pm
Holiday Christmas Greenery Sales and Workshop
Bill and Margie Imus (Director & Co-Director) continue to attend NC Environmental Educator workshops throughout the state, working toward becoming certified as NC Environmental Educators. Minglewood Farm & Nature Preserve strives to bring lesson plans to the preserve that will work directly in tandem with required curriculum of the K-12 school systems in NC. Students have the opportunity to come to Minglewood and work on study skills such as learning to awaken their senses and inquire about the Natural World. They will work on field notes and journaling, how to use all of our senses to make observations and how to transfer journal notes to a nature mapping, data collection forms . Young children can learn about seeds, how they germinate and what it takes to grow a healthy plant. Students may come and learn about woodland ecology and how trees are essential tools for human survival. These are just a few of the examples of study opportunities at Minglewood Farm & Nature Preserve. Please use our contact page to reach out and plan your visit. Minglewood looks forward to working with each class on their individual needs of study in the natural world.
We are very happy to be offering a Holiday greenery sale as a fundraiser for the preserve this coming season. We have found a wonderful young family out of Lowgap, here in Surry County, that is very talented and now carrying on their parents tradition of growing and crafting beautiful wreaths and garlands. We will offer ordering these by email listings which will be sent out soon. We will have have pick ups here at the preserve along with wreath decorating and swag making workshops for kids and adults! If you do not receive an email with information and order form please email email@example.com to request one. Look under our camps and workshops page to find more information on these classes. Pickups will be November 25, 26 and 27 and the following weekend December 2, 3 and 4. If you are unable to pickup we will deliver for a fee.
Minglewood's 3rd Annual Plant Sale is Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23, 2017. We will offer a great selection of bedding plants for your garden. Plants will include interesting vegetable plants for late spring and summer planting, beautiful flower plants for cutting and arranging, also edible and ornamental flowers along with numerous culinary herbs. We will be celebrating Earth Day all weekend with guided hikes throughout Minglewood's native forest and farm. Hikes will leave from the greenhouses on the hour, beginning at 10am on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday, Last hike on each day leaves out at 3pm. Please wear proper shoes and bring your water bottle. Visit Minglewood, get your plants for the garden and then go on a guided hike around Minglewood, enjoying the native forest, wildflowers, creeks and more, all the time celebrating Earth Day out in the natural world!
Our partnership continues to grow with the Boys and Girls Garden Club within the Salvation Army's club in Winston Salem, NC. We have already had numerous visits this year. We started out with with making bird feeder ornaments, heart shaped and more in February at the center in WS. When the kids could not make their first visit to MFNP in February, due to make up snow of days, Minglewood met with the kids in WS on a day they got out of school early and we went birding on the Greenway on Salem Creek. We spotted flocks of robins, starlings, a Red-tailed hawk, turkey vulgars and more. We enjoyed watching the robins taking their baths in a little waterfall into the creek. Toward the end of our walk we found some owl pellets right on the paved walkway! Owl pellets are the regurgitation of the indigestible parts of what the owl has eaten. We had a good time dissecting the pellets made of fur and finding bones and teeth inside! We will be back at the clubhouse soon assisting in the garden with spring planting and other projects throughout this year. We are also looking forward to a number of visits from the kid's garden club here to the preserve during 2017 also. We are very happy to have the opportunity to continue to build our relationship with so many of these wonderful kids that are truly interested in gardening and the natural world!
Annual Plant Sale April 22 & 23, 2017 Celebrating Earth Day all weekend!