Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published Sept. 11, 2020

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

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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 .


New Master Gardener training: Oct. 1 is the application deadline to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener.

Extension Master Gardeners bring science-based horticulture knowledge and practices to Minnesota, promoting healthy landscapes and building communities through volunteer efforts.

Master Gardeners are reliable sources of gardening information for Minnesotans. What many don’t know is that becoming a Master Gardener gives volunteers a chance to expand their interests in areas including sustainability, local foods, pollinators and climate change. Master Gardeners also put their skills to work conserving green spaces, native plants and clean water.

The training will be all online and spread over 14 weeks, making the program more student-friendly than ever. To become a Master Gardener, individuals commit to complete online training and 50 hours of volunteering in the first year. After the first year, they commit 25 hours to annual volunteer work; many choose to devote more time to the program.


Master Gardeners come from all ages and backgrounds. To learn more about the program and apply, visit .

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.

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.


Pesticide Container Collection: Empty pesticide container collection will be from 9 a.m. to noon 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. This is the final date that containers will be accepted for collection. For more information, contact the Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District at 320-523-1550.

Suicide prevention class: 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 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17. To register, see “Classes” at . For further information, call 651-645-2948.

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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