‘All Things Green’ draws in large crowd to Montcalm Area Career Center

By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 11:29 am on Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Dozens of different types of herbs, grown by Montcalm Area Career Center students, were available for purchase at the center’s All Things Green expo Monday evening. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

SIDNEY — Teachers, students and many vendors were on hand Monday afternoon at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC), where things were “greener” than St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin.

Green technology and its application to everything from gardening to bio-fuels was the topic of the day at the “All Things Green” expo. The event, held annually at the center, was open to the public and drew a very respectable crowd anxious to see the latest advances in green technology, hear from master gardeners and maybe pick up a couple freebies in the process.

Speaking at the event was Brad Rowe, professor of horticulture at Michigan State University, who explained “green roof technology” and pointed out some of the benefits of the practice.

Visitors were able to see an example of green roof technology in action, thanks to a project presented by MACC students Dakota Lobert, Tristen Wheeler and Bailey Gorney, who were on hand to demonstrate an actual green roof garden, which they created on the roof of a large dog house. The garden is relatively self sustaining and is watered automatically by timer.

MACC students Dakoda Lobert, left, Tristen Wheeler, center, and Bailey Gorney provided information about the green roof technology doghouse at Monday’s All Things Green expo at the Montcalm Area Career Center. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

According to Lobert, the technology required to create the garden could easily be adapted to larger roofs. It’s merely a matter of using more materials to establish the initial plantings. The roof garden, Lobert added, helps keep both heating and cooling costs down because of the insulating properties of the dirt and plantings themselves.

Most of the vendors seemed happy with turnout for the event. Gerald and Rosalee Hull, owners of Rosebud Ranch, brought a long a couple kids (the baby goat variety) and a large sampling of the soaps and other products they create from goat’s milk.

“We’ve been selling stuff pretty well so far,” said Gerald Hull. “It’s been busy.”

In addition to the many vendors, several area churches and service groups turned out to help spread the word about their various projects. Organizers from IM Kids 3rd Meal were at the event trying to drum up volunteers for their recently instituted program designed to make sure no children in Ionia and Montcalm counties go hungry. The effort is being sponsored in part by the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD).

Representatives from Cannonsville Critters animal rescue in Stanton showed up with a couple cute kittens in tow. On the canine side of things Professional Touch Training Kennel was there with a very well behaved, if gigantic, Malamute and other dogs.

Career Center Principal Celena Mills said she was very happy with the way the event turned out this year.

“It’s going great,” Mills enthused.

Vendors from throughout Montcalm County, as well as bordering counties, were on hand Monday evening at the Montcalm Area Career Center. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

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