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Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published Aug. 14, 2021

Events and classes scheduled in the outdoors, gardening and farming. Submit your event at news@wctrib.com by noon on Tuesday.

Round hay bales in a field

Farming

Manure Composting Workshop: Aug. 11, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., free, West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329 in Morris. Learn about manure composting through educational sessions, demonstrations, hands-on activities and discussions with an expert panel. Topics include site selection, composting process, turning and temperature, understanding analysis, economics, regulations, land application. For more information, contact Chryseis Modderman via email at cmodderm@umn.edu .

Adaptive Grazing Field Day: Sept. 21, 3 to 7 p.m., Voss Farms, 27725 Business 23 E., Paynesville, free. Register in advance by calling Jared Luhman at 507-271-5968 or email jared@sfa-mn.org . The Doug Voss family raises grass-fed beef, free range chickens, and has custom and seasonal grazing enterprises. Adaptive grazing, fencing, water infrastructure, bale grazing and more will be showcased at this field day. Voss is also the Grazing Lead for the Sustainable Farming Association. More soil health resources and events can be found on the SFA website at sfa-mn.org .

Gardening

Dykstras: Bill and Helene Dykstra will have their garden open from noon until dark daily until frost. Freewill donations for Guatemala will be accepted. Take Kandiyohi County Road 5 south of Roseland for one mile, go east on 210th Avenue and turn south on 37th Street.

Outdoors

Minnesota Gravel 160: Sept. 10-12, $145; three-day bike packing trip through Kandiyohi and Renville counties, beginning and ending in Willmar. Day 1 heads south into Renville County to stay at Mack Lake County Park; Day 2 heads northwest following the river with a stop in Beaver Falls County Park before ending the night at Skalbekken County Park; Day 3 will be a ride back up to Willmar taking mostly gravel roads. For more information and to register, see runsignup.com/Race/MN/Willmar/MnGravel160 .

Sibley State Park: A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and is available online. Sibley State Park is west of New London just off U.S. Highway 71. Construction projects include renovation of the amphitheater near the Interpretive Center and a new trail connecting Sibley State Park to the Glacial Lakes State Trail, which requires closing of the Mt. Tom Trail this summer. The beach store is open. For more information, visit the state Department of Natural Resources website at www.dnr.state.mn.us .

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Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center: Trails at the rural Spicer center may be used during daylight hours at no cost. A bathroom with composting toilets is open by the pavilion. Pets should be on a leash. All equipment rentals (fat-tire bikes, kayaks, canoes) will be handled on a reservation basis, made at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve equipment for the weekend, please call by noon Friday.

Special events this summer include:

  • "Music Under the Prairie Stars": Sept. 10, annual fundraiser
Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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