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Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

Prairie Seed Cleaning Workdays

Event Dates

  • 09/27/2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 09/27/2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 11/08/2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 11/08/2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 11/10/2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 11/10/2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 11/11/2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 11/11/2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 11/12/2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 11/12/2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 11/15/2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 11/15/2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 11/16/2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 11/16/2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Event Description

Sign-Up is Required: https://signup.com/go/xhUUinJ; Space is limited 

Our seed shed is filling up! Lend a hand in Dane County’s seed shed to begin processing the seed harvest from hundreds of species of native plants. As seed comes in from the field, help is needed processing it in order to produce clean seed ready for spreading on restored areas. Hammer milling is the first step in the cleaning process, releasing seed from capsules and breaking apart seed clusters. That step is then followed by using a fanning mill which separates seed from chaff with use of multiple screens and fans.

No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust. Hearing protection, dust masks, and additional PPE will be provided.  Space is limited and registration is required. 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Sign-up is required; wear a face mask at orientation, break, and when social distancing of 6’ between individuals cannot be maintained. If you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, do not attend.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Claire Lamberg (413) 313-6546 lamberg.claire@countyofdane.com

Location

Dane County Seed Shed, 4401 Libby Rd., Madison WI  

Parking lot is behind the building.

Seed cleaning equipment is in Bay 2, marked by a "Volunteer Entrance" sign.

Contact

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Categories: Parks, Volunteer