Farming

Adaptive Grazing Field Day: Sept. 21, 3 to 7 p.m., Voss Farms, 27725 Business 23 E, Paynesville, free, Pre-register by calling Jared Luhman at 507-271-5968 or email jared@sfa-mn.org. The Doug Voss family raises grass-fed beef, free range chickens, and has custom and seasonal grazing enterprises. Adaptive grazing, fencing, water infrastructure, bale grazing and more will be showcased at this field day. Voss is also the Grazing Lead for the Sustainable Farming Association. More soil health resources and events can be found on the SFA website.

Suicide Prevention: Sept. 21, 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 namimn.org. For more information, call 651-645-2948.

Outdoors

UMN Aquatic Invasive Species Research Conference: Sept. 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., online. Lake lovers and resource managers are invited to attend the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center’s annual research and management showcase. Learn about the latest in management and control of aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil, starry stonewort and zebra mussels; common carp management, cattail removal to improve shoreline biodiversity, invasive Phragmites management, preventing the spread of spiny water fleas, improving the efficiency of watercraft inspections, and more. See the agenda, session descriptions and register at www.MAISRC.umn.edu/2021-showcase. Full-day access tickets are $20. All sessions will be conducted as Zoom webinars and will allow for typed questions from attendees. They will be recorded and available to attendees for viewing after the Showcase on the MAISRC YouTube channel.

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

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 www.dnr.state.mn.us.

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center: Trails 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 (320) 354-5894 by noon on Friday.

Gardening

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 County Road 5 south of Roseland for one mile, go east on 210th Avenue and turn south on 37th Street.