Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published July 3, 2021

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

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Kernza: July 8, 1 p.m., rain or shine, A-Frame Farm, Madison, free. Advance registration required at . Learn the latest research about Kernza, the first perennial grain crop to be commercially available for production in the United States. Tour will include two Kernza stands and a soil pit that will give attendees a view of Kernza roots in the soil. The Lac qui Parle Soil and Water Conservation District will run soil and water erosion demonstrations, and University of Minnesota Extension Educators and Forever Green Initiative researchers will be on-hand to answer questions. Leaders from Perennial Promise Growers Co-op, the newly formed Kernza growers co-op, will share their mission and vision for building markets and commercial opportunities for farmers.

SMSU Agronomy Field Day: July 14, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Jon Knochenmus Center for Innovation and Southwest Minnesota State University Agronomy Field Trials Farm site, north edge of Marshall, free. RSVP for lunch by July 12 to . The third annual day will include lunch, tours and presentations highlighting SMSU faculty, students, field trials and related projects. Plot tours will follow the presentations, and partners will share research goals for 2021.

Minnesota’s aquaculture industry: July 14, noon to 1 p.m., free. Register online at . The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute monthly webinars explore different aspects of the food and ag sectors in Minnesota — from resources for food entrepreneurs to innovations in co-products and biobased energy. This webinar will focus on a 2020 consumer research study that examined the potential for strengthening Minnesota’s food fish aquaculture industry.

Partners in Ag Innovation Conference: July 29, MinnWest Technology Campus, free for ag producers and agribusiness professionals. The MinnWest Technology Campus and the Kandiyohi County & City of Willmar Economic Development Commission are joining forces to co-host the conference. The theme is “From Survive to Thrive.” As we think about this year’s conference, we are still emerging from the fast-track of change and unexpected events brought on over the past year but we are feeling hopeful and ready to emerge on the other side. Through this difficult period, comes a time for transformation and growth. Let us take what we learn from 2020 and learn to not just survive…but thrive. A hybrid format is expected, and organizers will keep attendees informed as planning progresses. See for more.


Tallgrass Prairie BioBlitz: July 17, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Lac qui Parle State Park & Wildlife Management Area, suggested donation of $25 per person or $50 for a family, camping is available. The Land Stewardship Project along with the Minnesota Master Naturalist program, will be surveying tallgrass prairie to learn about the prairie and all that lives there; plants, insects, birds, animals, geology, water, soil etc. No experience needed. Register by noon on July 12 to get into the lunch count at


For more information email or call 320-269-2984.

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 .

  • NorthStar Trail Travelers Walking will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 17; more information at .

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.

  • NorthStar Trail Travelers Walking will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18; more information at .


Horticulture Night: July 29, 4 to 8 p.m. display garden, University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329 in Morris. Planning for a safe 2021 in-person event that follows COVID-19 safety protocols all while taking in the beauty of the Horticulture Display Garden. Social distancing and facemasks required for those who are not fully vaccinated. Registration will be required upon admittance.

Presentations and demonstrations will be spread out throughout the garden, allowing participants to freely go from one station to another. There will be no set start and end time for these demonstrations. This allows for social distancing. We encourage participants to ask questions at the stations that are of interest to them, while going through the various stations at their own comfort level.

Stations include herb gardening, tomatoes, 50 years of annual flowers, rain gardens, orchids, landscape design and protecting pollinators with integrated pest management.

All tours will be self-guided to avoid crowding together. Maps and brochures will be available to guide you.

Bring your own seating (i.e. camping chair) since there will be no bleachers. There will be no tents (again, to avoid crowding together) so bring your own umbrella or shade if you desire.


A boxed meal will be available for purchase on-site.

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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