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Project MOW sheep supervision and kick-off training at Johnson Preserve
September 10, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Interested in getting baaaaaaack to nature with some furry farm friends? Want to explore the intersection of animal husbandry and land stewardship? Volunteer with Legacy Land Conservancy to help maintain a mobile sheep herd that will be eating woody invasive plants on the Lloyd and Mabel Johnson Preserve!
For one week from Sunday, September 10 through Sunday, September 17, Legacy will be hosting Project MOW–an Ypsilanti-based company–and its sheep as a new herbicide-free method to control invasive plants. The sheep will be fenced in around the hedgerow and supervised by volunteers throughout the week as they browse invasive understory plants.
As part of this opportunity, all sheep supervisor volunteers must attend the kick-off training event on Sunday, September 10 from 2-4pm at Johnson Preserve. Project MOW will go over sheep and pen care. The group will also help set up the temporary sheep fencing. During the kick-off event, attendees will be expected to sign up for at least one shift between Sept 11 and Sept 17. The shift schedule is flexible.
Registration is REQUIRED for the volunteer opportunity and kick-off event. Slots are limited, so please register in advance to sign-up and ensure your slot. This event is open to all ages, however participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Fill out this Google form to RSVP
Please dress for the weather and in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Pants and closed toe shoes are a must, regardless of the temperature, to protect from poison ivy and getting scratched up while outside.
Meet at Lillie Park South! Johnson Preserve and Lillie Park are connected by a trail. We will be convening at the red gazebo located on the eastern edge of Lillie Park South’s parking lot. The gazebo is adjacent to the start of the trail we will use to walk over to Johnson Preserve.