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Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published July 17, 2020

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

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Gardening

Horticulture Night: July 30, 5 p.m., University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be online and include virtual tours of the garden and hands-on demonstrations from the backyards of horticulture experts. They will start at 5 p.m. and may be accessed online in the weeks following. Websites will be announced closer to the night.

Twilight Garden: Aug. 19, 7 to 8 p.m., display garden, University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329 in Morris. Robin Trott, University of Minnesota Extension educator in horticulture, will lead a tour featuring plants and flowers that offer unique scents, blooms or movement in the twilight hours. This garden will provide you with lots of ideas for creating a soulful, calm and enchanting escape in your own backyard. Limited to 25 people; first come, first serve. This “Come Grow with Us” class is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 320-589-1711.

Outdoors

Starry Trek 2020: Aug. 15, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., statewide. Registration by Aug. 6 is required, online at www.StarryTrek.org . Volunteers are needed to participate in a search for starry stonewort, one of Minnesota’s newest aquatic invasive species. Volunteers will gather at local training sites to learn how to identify starry stonewort and other aquatic invasive species. They will be sent to nearby public water accesses to check for starry stonewort and return to the local training site to report their findings. Starry stonewort is an invasive algae that was first found in Minnesota at Lake Koronis in 2015 and has since spread to 14 Minnesota lakes. Early detection of this species is critical for control. No experience or equipment is necessary to participate in Starry Trek. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Sites include Saulsbury Beach County Park in Spicer and sites in Paynesville, Alexandria and Ortonville.

Farming

Kandiyohi County Farm Bureau: July 21, 7 p.m. annual meeting, Log Cabin, Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds.

Pesticide Container Collection: Empty pesticide container collection days will be from 9 a.m. to noon on July 22, Aug. 19, and Sept. 16 at the Renville County Landfill located at 32877 County Road 4, Olivia. To be eligible for collection, pesticide containers must be high-density polyethylene plastic (imprint of HDPE & #2 on the bottom), have been triple- or pressure-rinsed and are pesticide free, and have all caps, foil seals, and labels removed. No mini-bulk containers or containers with dirt or other materials stuck to the outside will be accepted. These are the only dates containers will be accepted for collection. For more information, contact the Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District at 320-523-1550.

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Partners in Ag Innovation Conference: July 30, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., virtual live stream, free for ag producers and agribusiness professionals. The MinnWest Technology Campus and the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission are joining forces to co-host the virtual conference. When launched 10 years ago, the conference focused on animal science startups and evolved to a broader focus on agriculture and animal science. This year's virtual conference will focus on coming together as an industry and community and promoting the region as a vibrant agriculture cluster. Listen to the sessions and ask questions of the speakers. Detailed list of speakers and free registration available on the website partnersinag.com .

Farm Beginnings: Sept. 1 is the deadline for applications for the Farm Beginnings class that starts in October. The 12-month training session helps beginning farmers clarify their goals and strengths, establish a strong enterprise plan and start building their operation. The course uses a mix of farmer-led classroom sessions, on-farm tours, and an extensive farmer network. It is designed for new and prospective farmers who want to plan a profitable farm business. Students do not need to currently own land, but some farming or production experience is helpful to get the most out of the class. More information and registration is on the Land Stewardship Project website at landstewardshipproject.org or email Annelie Livingston-Anderson at annelie@landstewardshipproject.org .

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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