Phragmite collection on site

Update: location is confirmed. here is a map: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=209356543422694227017.0004b77b617b15d0663aa&msa=0&ll=41.671918,-87.595024&spn=0.025485,0.066047

The street address I have given, 12054 South Doty Avenue, is for a strip club called "The Factory" that is right there. Use this address if you need to plug something into your GPS. As you drive along the Frontage road, you won't see street numbers.

If you take exit 130, Doty Road (the frontage road) is clearly marked. Just get off the exit and immediately hook right back around onto Doty where you see signs for Doty Rd and a number of businesses located there. Come back 1 mile. Not sure about signage off exit 115.

This month we are collecting Phragmite Reed! Phragmite is a reed used for thatching in traditional building, but it has become invasive here in the US, in particular in the Great Lakes Region. Location TBD, but will probably be the frontage road of the Bishop Ford between exit 130 and exit 115. Better directions to follow. Goggles, eyeglasses, sunglasses or other eye protection required. Waterproof shoes are very helpful but in an urban environment we can usually get away with standing on asphalt. Dress warmly as we will be outside! Pot luck car snacks! My cell is[masked]-6824. Call me the day of if you are having trouble finding us.

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  • Heather

    We had a fantastic day - thanks everyone! Looking forward to an earlier start next fall - and looking forward to learning slate tiling!

    January 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you all, what a fun day. I lined up the bundles onto the roof front to see how it will look... Yes, probably 200 more needed so I will be out there gathering.

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • Mark P.

    Sunny but freezing is the forecast - its gonna be a tough call if the roads are still snowed over/icy tomorrow - my road bike is not even useable in the snow, had it slip right from under me today and had it almost slip at least 50 times in the short 10 mile trip.

    January 25, 2013

    • Mark P.

      Will do, great time to have a mountain bike :)

      January 26, 2013

    • Mark P.

      Hope you guys are having fun :) Didn't feel the fall yesterday, but I do now. Definitely too sore to put on so many frigid miles and I would like to avoid the same situation happening again.

      January 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am driving from Hammond today... anyone needing a ride from a south shore station at hegewisch or Hammond, or lives nearby, let me know. [masked] paul...

    January 26, 2013

  • Heather

    Here is some more detailed info about tomorrow. I'll have this printed for everyone as well- http://phragmite.weebly.com/­

    January 25, 2013

  • Heather

    We have someone driving from Hindsdale if anyone needs a ride from that area-

    January 25, 2013

  • Jeffrey Shank M.

    Hey I'd love to do this, but will need a ride. I'm in uptown, anyone leaving from near there? Let me know! I know this area well. Lots of invasive plants down there.

    January 21, 2013

    • Jeffrey Shank M.

      Cta not cat, auto correct grrrrr!

      January 22, 2013

    • Heather

      I am leaving from Humboldt Park - might be a little out of your way but I have room in the car for 2 more-

      January 22, 2013

  • JB D.

    Hi, I would like to extend an invitation to the Phragmite collection attendees for warm vegan soup at my studio in Pullman (which is a very close to the Doty road / 115th St. site) afterwards on the 26th. Please let me know if there is an interest and I will provide an address and other info. Best, -jb

    January 19, 2013

    • Heather

      Are you collecting with us or staying home to cook? If you are meeting us at your place, post or send me your number so we can call when we are on the way. If you are collecting with us, then fantastic :)

      January 21, 2013

    • JB D.

      I'll be at the studio making soup on this one. Looking forward[masked]

      1 · January 21, 2013

  • Heather

    Paul, I am delighted to hear about your possible thatching project! It is unlikely that there is enough time left this season to collect enough reed for a roof, but there is always next season. I can give you some more details next week. You have to figure on about one bundle per square foot. You'll see what a "bundle" looks like on the 26th :). But you never know - we might be really productive and your roof might be small enough that we could hook you up!

    January 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Heather, I was so eager to learn about this, I thought it was today. Right now there are wild grape vine covering the structure. it is about 10x20 ft with a gable roof pitched 3-12.

      January 19, 2013

    • Heather

      That's 200+ bundles...we could pull it off next winter if we got enough help! I am glad we got the right date straightened out. See you next Saturday!

      January 19, 2013

  • Mark P.

    If I remain free I'll bike it from the southside.

    January 17, 2013

    • Heather

      Ok - be careful on the frontage road. It is kind of chewed up in places and sightlines for cars to see you are bad closer to exit 130.

      January 17, 2013

  • Rachel R

    Won't be able to join you, but those who aren't familiar, the invasive Phragmites australis can be used as mason bee nesting habitat: http://www.masonbeesforsale.com...­

    1 · January 17, 2013

  • Heather

    I've just come back from the site, and the warm weather has accelerated the deterioration of the Phragmite. We are at the very end of the harvest season. Phragmite is scraggly right near the best parking. We will walk up the road about 1/10 of a mile from where the parking is for phragmite that is in better shape.

    January 17, 2013

  • Mark P.

    Interesting, this may be useful for future projects. I will keep this in mind.

    1 · January 17, 2013

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