SUNDAY, April 24, 2022 Seed ball distribution at the Wildflower Walk.
SATURDAY, March 26, 2022 Ellis Country Rural Heritage Farm sponsors seed ball making in the children’s area of the Ellis County Master Gardener Expo.
MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2022 Seed ball Planting Day at the Ellis County Rural Heritage Farm on Martin Luther King was a great success! Now all we need is the blessing of rain.
Ginger Cole, Rural Heritage Farm Board Member and Project Director, reported that 2,000 to 3,000 seed balls containing Texas wildflower seeds were made, delivered, and/or distributed by families, individuals, and local church, school, and youth organizations at the Rural Heritage Farm, located at 130 Cunningham Meadows Road, Waxahachie, TX 75167.
Groups that participated in the Seedball Making Project included the Boys and Girls Club of Ellis County, Central Presbyterian Church Community Garden Project, Ellis County Master Gardeners, Indian Trail Chapter of the Master Naturalists, Pettigrew Academy, and St. Joseph Catholic School, among numerous families and individuals.
Carly Aulicky, Ph.D., North Texas Director of Outreach & Stewardship for the Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) and Volunteers Jo Ann Collins and Evaline Woodrey from the Fort Worth Chapter of NPAT, provided interesting and informative interactive activities for visitors to learn about the importance of native prairies, pollinators, and, yes, our humble, but important, bat allies.
Wendy Shappard, Outdoor Activity Specialist and STEM Instructor for the Girl Scouts of North Texas, and active member of the Indian Trail Chapter of the Master Naturalists and the Rural Heritage Farm Board, also provided a fun and engaging activity for kids to make small bird feeding stations out of Cheerios that they could place in their own backyards.
DECEMBER 6, 20221 Ellis County Rural Heritage Farm, Inc. was awarded a $500.00 Seed Grant from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and underwritten by Native American Seed. Once the seeds were received, the call went out for seed making volunteers. Instructions and Blackland Prairie information was distributed with seeds and soil for making seed balls.