Genesis Grounds Committee

Committee members- 

Linda Annesley, Laura Wallace, MaryLu Barth, Charlotte Cowles, and Eric Slosberg

Genesis Grounds Fall Cleanup Sunday Oct 25th 1-4


Our glorious Michigan fall is upon us.  While we may dread the winter, the color and fragrance of a brisk fall day are a blessing to be treasured.  Every year we ask congregants to celebrate spring & fall by spending a few hours tending to our shared outdoor space.  


Raking, trimming, spreading fresh compost and mulch are great exercise and a satisfying way to spend an afternoon in shared camaraderie.  It goes without saying that this year is different.  While we're craving the activity and in-person social interaction, at the same time we know we must be vigilant, wear masks and social distance.  There's plenty of room to spread out around the grounds.


All ages welcome.  Come for the whole time or drop-in as it fits your schedule. We'd love to see you!  Please bring your own clippers, shoves, rakes and gloves.  Wear warm comfortable clothes and MASK-UP! A restroom will be open for one-at-a-time use during the cleanup. 


Thank You,

Genesis Grounds Committee

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Genesis Grounds Committee: Laura Wallace, Mary Lu Barth, Charlotte Cowles, Eric Slosberg, Sarah Wiess, Phil Barr

Thank you to the Adopt-Plotters and Volunteers who contributed their time and expertise to keep our grounds looking beautiful throughout this challenging year.


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We know that it's the week before the election,but take this opportunity to recenter on what you can affect in your world and go forward recharged to continue the struggle.

Beautiful and Safe: Recent Grounds Actions - Letter to Congregants

March 28th 2020

Dear Congregants of STC and TBE,


This year we are proposing two steps to promote bio-diversity in our gardens.  We're embarking on a multi-year butterfly garden project to contribute to the health of the butterfly and bee population.  We will also stop using herbicides on our lawns to control weeds.

Coming to the decision to stop using herbicides has not been an easy one.  Since taking on grounds co-leadership with Sarah almost three years ago, we've had many conversations about the use of herbicides on the grounds.  Two statements capture the concerns and the tensions around this issue: 

·  "We want to maintain a professional looking institution"

·  "Please stop exposing our children to chemicals"


We've discussed this with our lawn service and we'll have some control over weeds with regular mowing, regulating lawn height, and mulching the borders of the garden beds.  I'm sure many of you have other tips which we hope you'll share.   However, we know that stopping the use of herbicides will mean that dandelions and other invaders will start appearing on the lawns, and that weeds take work to control.  While some of you will applaud this as healthy diversity, we know that dandelions, Taraxacum officinale, with it's short bloom, spreading leaves, seed stalks, and deep roots have long been the hated enemy of the American lawn.  Perhaps it's time to reconsider.


In addition to the ongoing discussions, mentioned above the issue of herbicides came up this year due for two other reasons:

·  We'd like to achieve national certification for the new  butterfly garden and herbicides hinder the growth of many native plants on with butterflies and bees feed and reproduce

·  Genesis became a proud member of the Washtenaw Environmental Excellence Partnership.  The partnership calls for minimizing or eliminating the use of  chemical herbicides and fertilizers on  the grounds.

·  We've met with the Genesis board in March and received a unanimous resolution of support for embarking on this strategy, But we also want to hear from you.

Scores of you have participated in keeping our joint campus vibrantly green, in flower and attractive.  If you've not yet joined in, please do, what could be better than an afternoon outdoors of physical exercise and conversation.  Especially in this time of social isolation.  Please become a volunteer in maintaining our grounds.  You'll enjoy it and we need your talents and enthusiasm.  And and when you see dandelions by all means pull a few.   Welcome your comments and suggestions.  Email:


The Ground committee will be following up this article with an article with a signup sheet on how you can safely spend an hour or two outside working to care for our grounds, even in this time of social isolation.



Genesis Grounds Committee

Linda Annesley, Laura Wallace, MaryLu Barth, Eric Slosberg

Sarah Wiess, Phil Barr Co-Chairs


Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale is also used to increase urine production and as a laxative to increase bowel movements.  It's French name, It is also used as skin toner, blood tonic, and digestive tonic. ... In foods, dandelion is used as salad greens, and in soups, wine, and teas. The roasted root is used as a coffee substitute. It is a important springtime nutritional source for bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects.

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