Permaculture alive in Daufuskie Island orchard

The Community Farm’s orchard 20 months after planting

The Community Farm’s orchard 20 months after planting

The orchard was established to produce a bounty of fruits for our community. Until recently, the orchard’s slightly sloped and sandy terrain led to much water loss. Keeping with the vision of permaculture on the farm, swales have been dug to catch rain water and establish a higher water table. Since then, we have experienced a large surge of growth and beneficial wildlife in the orchard.

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Sanctuary Helps Island’s Cats

by Jeffrey and Laura Winholt

Daufuskie Island's cat sanctuary

Daufuskie Island’s cat sanctuary

In 2006, in response to the growing population of free roaming feral cats that were living in unhealthy conditions and which had become a nuisance to residents and businesses, a small group of residents decided to take action to address the situation. Using the trap, neuter and release (TNR) method, we transported 181 cats to Hilton Head Island to be treated by the Hilton Head Humane Association and the Lowcountry Spay/Neuter Clinic. We then managed eleven free roaming cat colonies using colony management guidelines from Alley Cat Allies and the Beaufort County Ordinance.

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Year of the Oyster: Upcoming Events

Please join us for these Year of the Oyster events!

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Friday, September 16 — Boat trip to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge: This is a very special opportunity! A charter boat trip from McClellanville to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge with Joy Brown, The Nature Conservancy’s Marine Program Manager. We will meet at the McClellanville Town Hall boat ramp at 11:30am. Limited to 20 participants. $40 per person covers the boat charter fee.

Saturday, November 12 — An evening with Rowan Jacobsen: Author Rowan Jacobsen will read from his newly published work “The Essential Oyster.” This special event includes an oyster art show and an oyster-filled dinner prepared by Daufuskie’s own Sallie Ann Robinson. Details to follow.

For more information, please contact Jenny Hersch at 413-717-2167, herschbiz@aol.com, or check http://daufuskieislandfrontporch.com/ for updates.

Year of the Oyster Events Continue

by Jenny Hersch

The Year of the Oyster is in full swing! The DI Conservancy, the DI Historical Foundation and the DI Elementary School — with help from the Haig Point Naturalist Program and the Coastal Discovery Museum in Hilton Head — have organized an island-wide, year-long series of educational programs, field trips and social events celebrating the environmental, economic and cultural importance of the oyster — past, present and future.

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Horseshoe Crab Tagging June 4th

Join Nicholas Wallover, SC DNR staff, in an evening tagging event of the fascinating Horseshoe Crabs.  Every spring the beaches of South Carolina are inundated with horseshoe crabs as they leave the water to spawn at high tide.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the critical role the Horseshoe Crabs play in both wildlife conservation and human health!

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Year of the Oyster

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It’s the Year of the Oyster! The Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation, the Daufuskie Island Conservancy and the Daufuskie Island Elementary School in cooperation with the Coastal Discovery Museum in Hilton Head, the Haig Point Naturalist Program and the Daufuskie Island Rum Company will present an island-wide, year-long series of educational programs, field trips and social events celebrating the environmental, economic and cultural importance of the oyster – past, present and future.

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