Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published Sept. 25, 2021

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

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Clean up the Crow: Sept. 25, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Mill Pond boat landing, New London. The 16th annual morning of garbage picking will be followed by a complimentary lunch at the Goat Ridge Brewery to tell stories about the trash found (i.e. a TV, Frisbee, wallet), and other ways to positively impact water quality on the Crow River. All volunteers welcome. For more information, contact Andy Johnson at 320-796-0888 or email .

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 weekends through Sept. 19. For more information visit the state Department of Natural Resources website 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. Two hour equipment rental is $5 for youth, $10 for adult member and $20 for adult non-member. Call 320-354-5894 .

Upcoming events include the following:

  • Family Fun Day: Oct. 3, 1 to 4 p.m., free hiking, biking, and kayaking. Advance registration required with PWELC for biking and kayaking; transportation available from Willmar, contact or 320-333-8054 .
  • Game Day at the Pioneer Cabin: Oct. 5, 4 to 5:30 p.m., grades 15, $5, 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.
  • Intro to off road biking: Oct. 9, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., $10 or $15 with equipment rental; advance registration required.
  • Single track bike skills: Oct. 9, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $15 or $20 with equipment rental; advance registration required.
  • Pioneer crafts: Oct. 19, 4 to 5:30 p.m., grades 15, $6, advance registration required. Dress as a pioneer and make several different crafts. Learn which crafts would be done for fun (corn husk dolls, buzz saws) and which ones would be done for necessity (dipping candles, sewing) and take home what you make; meet at the Pioneer Cabin on the Farm Site.


Silvopasture: Oct. 14, 2 to 6 p.m., family-friendly, all ages welcome, Living Song Farm, Howard Lake. Overview and then rotations focusing on different topics and restoration activities include silvopasture techniques (the integration of trees and grazing livestock on the same landscape), oak savanna restoration, tree planting, prairie seeding and buckthorn pulling/hauling. Sponsored by Great River Greening, University of Minnesota Extension, and the Sustainable Farming Association. For more information or to register, contact Amy Kilgore at or call 651-272-3989 .


Suicide Prevention: Oct. 19 or Dec. 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m., free, online. NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is offering a suicide prevention class tailored to farming communities. Called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) for Agricultural Communities, the program helps individuals learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent a suicide. It is for members of rural and agricultural communities over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention. To register, see “Classes” at . For more information, call 651-645-2948 .


Selecting Daylilies: Oct. 20, noon to 1 p.m., AgCountry Auditorium, University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329 in Morris. Sara Thronsedt has been a gardener for more than 45 years. In 2012, she became an Extension Master Gardener and currently serves on the Horticulture Display Garden Advisory Committee. Her passions are educating gardeners and growing her own perennials and vegetables and is most proud of her half-acre restored native prairie. This “Come Grow with Us” class is free, but donations are accepted. Registration is required upon arrival. Masks required when indoors at any University of Minnesota facility, regardless of vaccination status. More information at or 320-589-1711 .

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.

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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