NOVI, MI ( October 20, 2015) – Fox Run retirement community residents Chet Tarczynski and Tom Gray were key volunteers who this month planted a large wooden platform near Tollgate Farm's pond in hopes that it will attract a nesting pair of osprey next spring.
There are several ospreys in the area and many have visited the Tollgate Farm pond. Tarczynski and Gray were said by Tollgate Farm manager Roy Prentice to have been instrumental in bringing together Detroit Edison, Osprey Watch and Michigan State University for this project.
The views of rolling farmland available around Tollgate Farm are practically unknown elsewhere in present-day Oakland County, making it one of the original historical sites of Novi. The 160-acre farmstead is currently owned by Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Americana Foundation.
The Tollgate Farm site represents a working farm with animals and retired draft horses from Greenfield Village. A variety of educational programs and classes such as the following are hosted:
- Homeowner horticulture
- Youth development programs
- Community food systems education
- Woodlot management
- Agriculture and natural resources