Affiliates gather for picnic, enjoy FSPA land tours

07/15/2021 12:07 pm


This year marks the 40th anniversary of the FSPA Affiliation ministry. As part of the year-long celebration, affiliates and their guests enjoyed time together on FSPA land on St. Joseph Ridge, just outside of La Crosse. 

The FSPA Ecospirituality Team led garden tours and hikes around FSPA prairie land, learning about the production of nearly 5000 pounds of sustainably raised fruits and vegetables as well as timber management, planting prairies, maintaining trails, removing invasives and tending the natural burial cemetery. 

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About the Villa Garden Tours
FSPA Ecospirituality Project Outreach Coordinator Karen Stoltz led a tour of the gardens, greenhouse, and orchard on the FSPA land. With the garden areas producing nearly 5,000 pounds of sustainably raised fruit, vegetables, flowers, and herbs, affiliates and their guests learned what is growing in our newest additional gardens! Karen also highlighted information on pollinator habitat, showing guests how the FSPA Eco Team attracts beneficial bugs and birds.

About the FSPA Land Tours
FSPA Integral Ecology Director Beth Piggush and FSPA Land Sustainability Coordinator Steve Dewald led a forest walk to two important spots on the FSPA land, the middle prairie, which is less than a half mile from the garden area, and the scenic overlook. FSPA land efforts include timber management, planting prairies, maintaining trails, removing invasives and tending the natural burial cemetery. 

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