Tours and Volunteers
We are pleased to offer private tours for cattle customers on an individual basis throughout 2021!
Spend quality time with us so we can match the right animals to your farm needs. We are happy
to answer your questions from beginner to advanced. Call Bessheen today to schedule your tour
Garden concepts and biodynamic tours are available on the volunteer schedule listed below. Please call so that we are prepared to meet your needs and education level.
SYMBIOSIS RANCH 2021
Learning to be a sustainable steward is now a hands-on experience! A hearty welcome is extended to all who wish to get back to basics. The Symbiosis Ranch, in partnership with the Naturopathic Community Center, offers sustainable living enthusiasts opportunities to volunteer to help with gardening, food preservation, animal husbandry, biodynamics, and sacred geometry. There is no charge for these adventures. Please request to be put on the Symbiosis Ranch Volunteer List, and we will keep you updated of schedules and coming volunteer activities. Please be prepared for your experience by packing a lunch, plenty of water, garden and/or work gloves, and closed toed shoes. Bring hats and bug repellent at your discretion.
April 17 –21 - Time to Clean up the Garden, Prep the Grow Boxes, Spread a Ton of Wood Chips
May 3-5 - Mulch the Permaculture Trees and Bushes, Plant Berries, Grapes and Root Crops
May 14-16 - Stir and Spread Biodynamic Prep on the entire farm and gardens, Green House Work
May 22-23 - Plant Garden Seeds and Plants from Green House
June 1-3 - Flower Power Planting and Grooming, Fruit Tree and Fruit Bushes, Weeding, Seed Sorting
June 14-16 - Garden Care, Green House Clean Up, Possible processing of Strawberries!
June 25-27 - Garden Care, Some Harvesting of Herbals, Maintenance Sacred Circles in the Woods
July 1-2 - Preparation for the Annual 4th of July Festival
July 2-4 - Natural Health Independence Freedom Festival
July 5 - Festival Clean Up and Ranch Restoration
July 16-18 - Harvest of Veggies with Freeze Drying, Dehydrating and possible Canning
July 23-25 - Weeding, Harvesting and Eating of the Bounty from the Garden, Processing Food
August 2-4 - Let’s Harvest some more Food and Herbals, Cool off with some Work in the Woods
August 16-18 - The Harvest goes on and so begins the Seed Saving!
August 30 - Sept 1 - Heck let’s just harvest, seed save and eat some more!
Sept 12-14 - Garden clean up, Tend to the Honey Bees, Get Creative in the new Worldly Gardens
Sept 27-29 - Dehydrate Watermelon, Make and Can Fall Soups
Oct 4-6 - Garden Clean Up, Final Seed Saving, Roast something over the fire!
The above listed dates and projects are to the best of our knowledge depending on rate of growth, weather and simple what needs to get done! Please dress to work, no flip flops, proper garden foot wear, hats, sun protection, gloves, water container, snacks, and a good lunch. Theresa Solak, a staff member, will run the projects on all the above listed dates and Dr. Baker will join projects when she is not working in town. All volunteers should email to confirm their attendance in case there is a change in plans by the Ranch. All emails are checked 3x a week, not daily, so plan head and communicate your intentions as early as you can for best experience.
SYMBIOSIS RANCH SUSTAINABLE LIVING CLASSES
Classes are held at the Naturopathic Community Center, 503 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, MI, or at Symbiosis Ranch, depending on subject matter and materials/equipment needed. Contact NCC to register (989) 317-4787 or Bessheen Baker (989)506-0057.
See the 2020 Class Schedule by going to the Ranch Courses Page on this Website!