Plantwalkers Fall 2018 Gathering

A day immersion into local ecology and its stewardship.

All Day Plantwalks, Informative Plant Presentations, as well as Vendors and Tradeshow of the Greater Cincinnati area Plant People!

Location: Treasure Lake and Dark Wood Farm, Petersburg, Kentucky. 2590 Lawrenceburg Ferry Road.

Facilitators: Doug Crouch,  Rebecca Wood, Celeste Shumrick, Ben BeltyMichael HoodAnde Schewe

Date: Saturday October 20th, 2018 with camping also available the night before and that night with a separate fee

Event Cost:  $25 or $75 for a family of 4! 

Contact Info: For more information contact the following:

Doug at

for tickets:


Day Description:

Ande and Lauren of Lola’s Botanical, a local tea company of medicinal herbs

There is a calling for more collaboration and community around creating opportunities that are accessible and affordable all the while very dynamic and ongoing for us to gather repeatedly. This event has come together from that need whilst offering a space for learning, family interaction, and a communal fall gathering occurs. This event is created and produced by some of the Ohio River Valley and beyonds best plant based business’ and organizations.

With a deep sense of gratitude and excitement we are bringing this experience within the Cincinnati Tri-state area of Northern Kentucky.  We invite you to join us, unplug for the day, and immerse yourselves into the wonders nature provides and offers.

At all times several things will be happening, indoor presentations, outdoor walks or hands on, vending, and space to just be.

It’s really about cultivating in yourself a deeper awareness of your connection with plants, and enjoy walking away knowing a bit more than you have before, and perhaps be inspired as you walk into the fall season closer to nature and refreshed in your connection with others on their own plant journeys as well… Enjoy a plant and nature experience with a community, and perhaps bring the family and create a memory together…

Host Site:

Treasure Lake with Dark Wood Farm

Treasure lake is local small business focused on recreation in nature, from hiking to birding, boating to fishing that has been in the Crouch family since 1984.  It’s a wonderfully scenic place hidden in the hills of the Northwestern Corner of Northern Kentucky and Boone County only 22 miles from downtown Cincinnati.  We have been hard at work developing the broad acre forest for bio-diversity and wild food abundance.  With our thickets of spicebush and paw paw in the understory and towering hickories and oaks in the overstory, the wildlife love it here and we are sure you will too.  Camping is on one of our flat ridges that perch above the 12 acre pay fishing lake.  Furthermore, it is a community center of sorts as well with entertainment and nature immersion uniquely blending together! The property also now features Dark Wood Farm run by Annie Woods, a local growing local foods.  The farm runs a 50-person CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program from May- November and sell their produce to restaurants in the greater Cincinnati area. Furthermore, the following Permaculture elements and functions that can be experienced are:

  • Non Timber forest product development including a focus on wildlife management
  • Extensive Native Food Forest and specific management techniques to enhance this
  • Hot & Cold Composting (Vermiculture) systems for boosting soil life, picking up on waste streams, and cycling nutrients
  • Market Garden that feeds into local foods and creates employment
  • Tree Crop and mushroom production for further food resilience
  • Event and Festival hosting to create a cultural gathering point for many points of culture

Website: Click Here

Schedule of Events

October 19th: optional camp and campsite fun with music, separate camping fee applies
October 20th: details below

8:30 am- Arrival registration, greet and meets.

9:00 am – OpeningCircle

9:30 am- 10:45 am

Plant Walk A:  What Your Woods has to Offer: Rebecca Wood
Presentation A: Permaculture Planning for Biodiversity: Doug Crouch
10:15 am-10:30 am Tabling and Networking break

11:30 am-12:30 pm

Celeste showing off her love for plants and hands in the earth
Presentation B: Making nut milk with the abundant hickory, Interactive with Michael Hood and Ben Betly
12:30 pm -2:00 pm Lunch Break, networking and tabling

2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Plant walk C: Folklore and Foraging, incorporating the myths, legends and folktales of the plants as we walk…Ande Schewe
Presentation C:  Autumn Alter Wreath making class with Celeste Shumrick
3:30 pm -3:45 pm: tabling and networking

3:45 pm -5:30 pm

Plant Walk D:: Tree Treasures: Rebecca Wood and Doug Crouch

5:45 pm – 6:00 pm

Closing Circle

6:00 pm farewells and option to camp for additional separate fee

Presenters Bio’s and Talk Description Expanded: Click Here

Additional Features:

While all the programming is going on plus the breaks you are welcome to peruse the vendors, network, and simply enjoy a walk in the forest on your own if need be.  Anything to recharge your connection to nature, yourself, and community!

  • Lola’s Botanical Tea House- Donation based tea servings in Lola’s dome tent with pillows giving a lounge feeling.


How to get There


Crouch’s Treasure Lake

2590 Lawrenceburg Ferry Road

Petersburg, KY 41080

The lake can be accessed from the I-275 loop that encircles the tri-state area of Cincinnati, OH.  From I-275 take the Petersburg exit.  If you are coming through Indiana it will be the first exit after the bridge or in Kentucky it will be the last exit in KY, two past the airport.  Go West, take a right from either direction, off the exit onto KY 8 which turns into KY 20 1/2 mile down the road.  Follow that for 4 miles in total.  Turn right on Lawrenceburg Ferry Road after you go through a couple of tight S-curves and flatten out to the bottom. Then follow that for about 1 mile past houses and cornfields on the left and drive through the forested section.  You will see a driveway forking to the right after a small bridge and the sign for Treasure Lake.  Go right up the hill and the tavern will be on your left while the private residence will be the small cabin straight ahead. Please stop at the tavern for the event check-in.







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