Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published Jan. 16, 2021

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

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Eagle Lake fishing derby: Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Eagle Lake, north of Willmar. Entry is $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 16. Check in at the public access or at Sunray Cafe. Fish anywhere on the lake, can use shelters and houses, moving around the lake is permitted. All fish must be checked in by 3 p.m. The fundraiser for cancer is in memory of Ron Shimek. Bad weather date is Feb. 13.

Prairie Sportsman: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, and repeats at 12:30 p.m. Monday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Pioneer PBS. Join host Bret Amundson for “Outdoors with Ray Ruiz.” Enjoy fishing at Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis with Ray Ruiz, who introduces Latino people to outdoor sports; go on a dove hunt on a hemp field near Blue Earth; and learn how to cook with “hempura.”


Nutritional world of dried edible beans: Jan. 20, noon to 1 p.m., online by the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris. Learn the importance of pulses (dried edible beans) in your daily diet, and why pulses are good for the soil. Discover the wide variety of pulses and how to grow dried peas, beans and lentils in your home garden. Presented by Sara Thronsedt, a gardener for more than 45 years and a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener since 2012. She currently serves on the center's Horticulture Advisory Committee and grows perennials and vegetables and has a half-acre restored native prairie. This “Come Grow with Us” class is free, but donations are accepted. Details to log-in will be available on the website. For more information, call 320-589-1711.

Prairie Yard and Garden: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, and repeats 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Monday on Pioneer PBS. Host Mary Holm visits with Pat Hein of Morris who has designed her very own she-shed to keep her yard tools, overwinter her plants, create lovely planters and relax with a good book too.


Farm transition: Jan. 19, 1 to 3 p.m., or Jan. 21, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., online, register at upcoming events on the Land Stewardship Project website at . Workshop series for retiring farmers looking to transition their operations to the next generation and developing leases that support their stewardship legacy. Weekly meetings Feb. 2 through March 9.


Renting it out right: Jan. 20, 5:30 to 8 p.m., free, online, register at upcoming events on the Land Stewardship Project website at . Introductory program on conservation leases and practices on rented farmland for non-operating landowners and/or farmers who rent land and would like resources for working with their landowners.

PorkBridge and SowBridge: Jan. 20 is the registration deadline for University of Minnesota Extension distance education programs that begin in early February. The six-session PorkBridge is aimed at those who own, manage or work in swine grow-finish facilities. The 12-session SowBridge is for people involved in managing or caring for sows, and/or their litters, and boars, including operation owners, caretakers, technicians, managers and technical service providers. Online registration at or .

Ag to Energy – Biofuels Workshop: Jan. 27, 7:30 to 9 a.m., free, online. Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission workshop with Jamey Cline, business development director at Christianson PLLP and an involved advocate for the renewable fuels industry. Cline will speak on the interaction of the agriculture and renewable fuels industries. Register at .

Women renting it out right: Jan. 29, 1:30 to 4 p.m., free, online, register at upcoming events on the Land Stewardship Project website at . Women face unique challenges when navigating the agricultural world, either as farmers or as landowners. This workshop is a woman-only space to share experiences and ask questions in a supportive environment.

Multi-generation farm transition planning: Thursday, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25, noon to 1 p.m., free, online. The University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota State system have partnered to offer hands-on farm transition education focused on multi-generation farm businesses. An emphasis of the sessions is how to transfer both the “financial business” and how to transfer the “management and responsibility” of the farm business. The retiring generation and incoming generation should attend the sessions together, including spouses, partners and other relevant parties. The instructors will be Jim Molenaar, Farm Business Management instructor at St. Cloud Technical and Community College, and Extension educators Megan Roberts and Amber Roberts. Advance registration is required at .

Sustainable Farming Association: Feb. 8-13, annual conference. Dozen sessions held throughout the week and concluding with Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen speaking on initiatives and challenges in expanding processing opportunities laid bare by COVID-19. To close the conference, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will be interviewed by the association's executive director Theresa Keaveny on the state’s response to meatpacker concentration and antitrust enforcement. Association members may register for free and nonmembers for $40 on the website at .

Soil Health Field Day: Feb. 16, 1 to 4 p.m., online, free, register at upcoming events on the Land Stewardship Project website at . Soil health experts Jay Fuhrer and Jon Stika will talk about why soil health matters and how you can assess soil health on your farm and how to incorporate soil health into practices. Hear information and data from planting cash crops into green cover crops (planting green) and grazing perennial/annual covers at Menoken Farm.

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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