An Update on our Sustainability Projects

Blog Post By: Craig McKinley, Grounds Department

It's hard to believe it’s already August. However, Bucks Run is in prime condition and ready for you to enjoy! In this week's blog post, I wanted to give some updates on a few of our projects that we touched on earlier this year.

THE BUCKS RUN CHICKENS

The “Bucks Run Chickens” have begun to lay eggs! This means that in a couple weeks, all eggs used in our restaurant will be laid on property from humanely raised, cage-free Isa Brown Chickens. Another added bonus with our chickens is they are consuming roughly 20 pounds of vegetable scraps from restaurant prep each day. On a monthly basis, the chickens are recycling over ¼ ton of food waste that would normally end up in a landfill! The remainder of the vegetable scraps the chickens don’t eat is now being added to our thermal composting operation. This compost, once broken-down, will be used on the golf course and in our garden.

Bucks Run Golf Club Mt. Pleasant MI Chicken Eggs


FRESH PICKED VEGGIES FOR THE QUARRY GRILL

Our garden has also begun to produce for us in the recent weeks! So far, we have picked eggplant, peas, beans, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, onions, and jalapenos for use in our Quarry Grill Restaurant. We are very proud to be able to provide this fresh produce to our guests. In the below photo, you can see George, a member of our Quarry Grill Team, out picking fresh cherry tomatoes for the day's cooking.

Bucks Run Golf Club Mt. Pleasant MI Quarry Grill Cherry Tomatoes


THE BEES & THE BUTTERFLIES

The Bucks Run bees are also busy making honey and having a field-day roaming around and foraging on our property. It has been a treat to watch their hives progress throughout the summer. The Monarch butterflies have also made it up to our neck-of-the-woods from their multi-generational trek from the Sierra Madre Mountains to lay eggs. The generation born here will be the longest living generation traveling back down to Mexico for the winter. While we do put pre-emergent herbicide in our fescue areas, we allow the milk weed to live in non-playable areas. This is because Milk Weed is the only plant that Monarchs will lay eggs on, as it is what their young feed on.

Bucks Run Golf Club Mt. Pleasant MI Monarch Butterfly


We are excited by the response from both our staff and guests alike regarding these more environmentally-friendly ways of operating. We are definitely looking forward to finding new, fun ways moving into the future. As always, we look forward to seeing you on the golf course and in our restaurant, and please continue to replace your divots and repair your ball marks. Have a great week!

Posted by admin at Aug 07, 2017 Category: Other
Tags: Bucks Run Golf Club, Mt. Pleasant, MI, Sustainability, Organic, Garden, Vegetables, Chickens, Eggs, Bees, Butterflies