Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published Aug. 21, 2020

Events and classes scheduled in the outdoors, gardening and farming.

Round hay bales in a field


Suicide Prevention class for Agricultural Communities: NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center are partnering to provide free online suicide prevention classes tailored to farming communities. This effort aims to change public perceptions in agricultural communities and better equip them to identify and help people who may be having thoughts of suicide. Called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) for Agricultural Communities, the program helps individuals learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent a suicide. The one-session class will be offered from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 and Sept. 17. To register, see “Classes” at . For further information, call 651-645-2948.

Farm Beginnings: Sept. 15 is the deadline for applications to the Farm Beginnings class, which will take place in an online setting November through March, with on-farm educational events to follow later in 2021. The training session helps beginning farmers clarify their goals and strengths, establish a strong enterprise plan and start building their operation. It is designed for new and prospective farmers who want to plan a profitable farm business. The class cost is $1,000, which covers up to two individuals per farm, with a discount for applications received before Aug. 15. More information and registration is on the Land Stewardship Project website at or email Annelie Livingston-Anderson at .


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

Horticulture Night: The five videos from the online event are still available on the website at .

Horticulture Display Garden: Open daily from dawn to dusk. Please adhere to all safety procedures and protocols posted at garden entrances and informational kiosks.


Growing tasty tomatoes: Sept. 16, 6 to 7 p.m., display garden, University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329 in Morris. Talk by Ryan Pesch, University of Minnesota Extension educator. This “Come Grow with Us” class is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 320-589-1711.


A rchery-only deer hunt: Oct. 31-Dec. 31. Renville County Parks will conduct a special archery-only deer hunt in designated county parks. All information and applications can be found at by selecting "Departments" and then "Parks." Deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1. For more information on Renville County Parks, call Jesse at 320-523-3747 or like "Renville County Parks" on Facebook.

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 or phone 320-214-4341.
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