Pictured Above: Science teacher Deb Kimmelman, Master Gardener Nancy DePas Reinertsen and Kristen Bashen of the Group for the East End with mountain mint at the seed swap in the fall of 2023.
A new North Fork chapter of ReWild Long Island, with the vision of rewilding, revitalizing, and restoring our precious environment, one garden at a time, is forming on the North Fork.
The group’s inaugural meeting will be held on Jan. 8 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Folk Room upstairs at the Southold Free Library. All are welcome to attend.
ReWild is part of a growing worldwide movement to help enable anyone who is able to plant a plot of land with native and organic plants to help provide essential habitat for the creatures that share our world, and to restore lands and waters that have been damaged by our past land use practices.
The North Fork group is being formed by residents who have been involved with the North Fork Pollinator Pathway, who have restored the Custer Preserve Arboretum Native Garden next to the Custer Institute Observatory in Southold and held seed swaps and garden tours over the past year.
Over an eight-month period, beginning in April, Southold Town permitted volunteers from the Southold Peconic Civic Association, mostly from its Environmental Advocacy Committee to clear away an area over 3,600 square feet, choked with invasive plants including poison ivy.
It was the first ReWild Long Island native garden on the North Fork, and they’re hoping it will be the first of many. ReWild Long Island has over a dozen gardens island-wide, either only native plants as at Custer or edible gardens surrounded by native pollinator plants.
The group is looking for community organizations that would like to participate or apply for their grants to create more sustainable native gardens, community gardens, and youth summer programs.