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Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published Oct. 1, 2022

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

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Farming

Strategic farming: Field Notes: Wednesdays, 8 a.m., free, 30-minute University of Minnesota Extension webinar over Zoom for farmers and ag professionals. Register for the live sessions at z.umn.edu/strategic-farming . The program will feature a live webinar with interactive discussion with attendees, addressing in-season cropping issues as they arise. Weekly topics will be announced on the week of the program, maintaining the flexibility to react to issues that come up in 2022. For those unable to attend live, the discussion-based series will be posted immediately following the webinar to podcast-streaming services. Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or Google podcasts.

Gardening

Horticulture Display Garden: Open daily from dawn to dusk, University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329, Morris. Please adhere to all safety procedures and protocols posted at garden entrances and informational kiosks.

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

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. For more information, visit the state Department of Natural Resources website at www.dnr.state.mn.us .

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. Two-hour equipment rental is $20 for adults, $10 for members and $5 for all youth. Call 320-354-5894 .

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  • Game day at the Pioneer Cabin: Oct. 20, 4 to 5:30 p.m., grades 1-5, $6.50, advance registration required. Who’s up for some friendly competition? After dressing as a pioneer, unplug for an afternoon of blind man’s bluff, a three-legged race, a game of graces (hoops & sticks), kubb and many more pioneer games. If it’s raining out, we’ll see how you do at jacks, pick-up sticks, and card games. Meet at the Pioneer Cabin on the Farm Site.
  • Halloween Haunt: Oct. 28, 6 to 9 p.m., grades K-5, $10, must be accompanied by an adult. Talk with the creatures on the enchanted trail to find out what they are doing to get ready for winter, decorate a cookie, play games and climb the indoor wall, all in your costume.
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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