Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published Sept. 24, 2022
Events and classes scheduled in the outdoors, gardening and farming. Submit your event at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Tuesday.
New Master Gardener training: Oct. 1 is the application deadline to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer. 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. 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 out over 14 weeks. 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 z.umn.edu/MG_info or call 612-625-9864 .
Dykstras: Bill and Helene Dykstra will have their garden open from noon until dark daily until frost. Freewill donations for Guatemala will be accepted. Take Kandiyohi County Road 5 south of Roseland for one mile, go east on 210th Avenue and turn south on 37th Street.
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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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.
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
- Story hour at the Pioneer Cabin: Sept. 29, 4 to 5:15 p.m., grades K-3rd, $6.50, parent or guardian free, advance registration required. Dress as a pioneer and listen to a story about the Ingalls family and what pioneer life was like, listen to a book and do an activity that Laura did.
- 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.