The environments we create with Mother Nature can help sustain us – or slowly erode our vitality.   What might we do, as individuals and collectively, to enhance our sustainability?  The resources here are a start.

We are working with the Village on other sustainability initiatives.  Look for more at the Franklin Village website at

MSU – Oakland County Extension Service: Pontiac, PH 248-858-0880, Garden Hotline: 248-858-0902 Contact: [email protected] MSU Tollgate Garden, Novi, MI‎ – PH 248-347-3860‎

Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA): Lillian F. Dean, FAICP, 3910 West Webster Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073. PH 248-288-5150 or email: [email protected] .   Resources on “green gardening”, rain gardens, healthy lawns, naturescaping with native plants, composting and water shed issues.  Website info:

Nature-Deficit Disorder: Recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal for his book, Last Child in the Woods, author Richard Louv discusses nature-deficit disorder and troubling research.  He claims the staggering divide between children of today’s wired generation and the outdoors is contributing to disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.  Direct exposure to nature is essential for the physical and emotional health of both children and adults.   We can do better.  The Franklin Garden Club shared this book with Berkshire Middle School, whose Victory Garden (created by students – who then harvested over 1,500 pounds of vegetables for donations to the hungry) was included in our 2009 Garden Walk.  Learn more at

Earthworks Urban Farm: This garden is an outgrowth of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, inspired by the belief that communities must restore our connection to the land as a source of food that sustains life.  The Franklin Garden Club toured this garden and after a Soup Kitchen meal joined the project coordinator for lively discussion on how we all can improve our relationships with the earth and one another.

Bio-organics or bio-solids fertilizer: Sewage sludge, often dried and pelletized is sold for fertilizer products – often touting its “organic” or natural benefits (though industrial, medical and other high-risk wastes may remain, untested in the medium).  Synagro is the largest marketer, processor and hauler (recently privatized by the Carlyle Group).  Brand names of such products with sludge are listed below.  For more information visit:

All-Gro, Granulite, Chesapeake Sunshine, EarthMate, Nutri-Green, ORGRO High Organic Compost, Bay State Fertilizer, GroCo, TAGRO, SoundGro, Milorganite, We Care Compost, EKO Compost, Glacier Gold

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