November Greetings

Fellow Gardeners and Garden Lovers

By this time, you’ve probably put your beds to rest for the winter or are well on your way to doing so. Just this past week I put in viburnum bushes, some oak leaf hydrangeas, and planted some hellebores. Living in the woods like I do is beautiful, especially this fall. But it has challenges like blowing away the thick blanket of leaves only to start over the next day and the next and the next. If that is my worst gardening dilemma, then I am truly blessed. As winter approaches, we gardeners can look forward to forcing bulbs, buying holiday poinsettias, and perusing seed catalogs as we plan next year’s gardens.

Speaking of planning, your Executive Committee is planning to boost the membership’s usage of our website. In keeping with my themes of INCLUSION and INVOLVEMENT, we will be sending you a survey to get your input on how you would like to communicate through social media, our website, the National Magazine, and National Meetings.

Equally important is the content you would enjoy. The website’ opening page will be constant with things like our logo, mission statement, and brief history. From there will be links to the basics like a periodic message from the WNF&GA president, directories, archives, bylaws and standing rules, and minutes of the National Meeting. Beyond that, the website will be ever evolving, fluid and dynamic. We could include feature articles, introductions of scholarship winners, your branch announcements of upcoming events, initiatives, gardening tips and tricks, and whatever else on which the membership would like information.

We live in a digital, electronic age and should use our website to our advantage to communicate. Please be sure to complete the survey when it arrives. Your involvement will help guide the Executive Committee to make our website responsive to the wants and needs of the membership.

On another note, please contact me with any questions, concerns, suggestions, etc. I will present your comments to the Executive Committee when we meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Then I will publish a response at the start of each month on our website. Once again, this supports my goals of INCLUSION and INVOLVEMENT with you in mind. Until next month when there will be a new message from me on our website, I wish you feelings of gratitude and abundance as Thanksgiving approaches.

Counting my blessings,

Patty Burnside, WNF&GA President, 989-284-3455,


It is with great pleasure that we send a huge THANK YOU, to you, the members of Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association, for looking forward, taking the leap to change the scope of the Frysinger International Project and becoming engaged in the decision making process to choose the 2017 Frysinger International Project. This replaces the Pennies for Friendship program.

Area: Africa – East, West & Central. Society: Uyoma Food Security Self Help Project: Project No. 1025: Agok women revolving credit scheme for food security, nutrition, and education support has received a $2000.00 check to partially sponsor this project, thanks to those who have supported the Frysinger International Project Fund (formerly the Grace E Frysinger International Fellowship Fund). In brief: This organization initially held group meetings in the target village, situated on the shores of Lake Victoria, to plan the project. The community members chose fresh fruit growing, poultry rearing and fish farming as their preferred project activities. Continue reading “Projects”


Centennial National Projects

100,000 Native Plant Project

Recognizing the importance of native plants, the WNF&GA has taken on the ambitious challenge of planting 100,000 native plants to celebrate our 100th Anniversary.  For more information, please click on:

  • Interests – Environmental Concerns tab

Food Crops Project

Agriculture has historically been an important part of the WNF&GA’s early mission. To acknowledge that historical tradition, we will be recording the food crops grown by our members during the 2014 growing season. There is no final goal but rather a desire to see members’ contributions to homegrown food crops including vegetables, fruits and herbs. For more information, please click on:

  • Interests –  Agriculture – Food Crops  tab

Questions? Please email Suzanne at

Suzanne Smith-Oscilowski, Environment Director

Sylvia Wilson, Agriculture Director