Farm, Garden & Outdoors Calendar Released August 6, 2022 – West Central Tribune | Gmx Pharm

Strategic Farming: Field Notes: Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m. Free 30-minute webinar on University of Minnesota Extension via Zoom for farmers and agricultural professionals. Sign up for the live sessions at The program includes a live webinar with interactive discussions with attendees, addressing in-season growing issues as they arise. Weekly themes will be announced during the week of the program to allow flexibility to respond to issues that arise in 2022. For those unable to attend live, the discussion-based series will be released on podcast streaming services immediately after the webinar. Subscribe to podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or Google.

Dairy Day in Central Minnesota: August 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Janski Farm, 3731 200th St., St. Augusta. The University of Minnesota expansion event focuses on dairy management and production of forage for farms in central Minnesota. It will highlight the use of robots on the farm, feed management and the use of catch crops on land and in dairy rations. Lunch is offered at 1:00 p.m. Sign up for the meal at or call Dana Adams at 320-204-2968.

Field day catch crop: August 18, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., free, Southwest Research and Outreach Center, Lamberton. Setting up for Success is for farmers and those working with farmers, with or without cover crop experience, and anyone else who wants to learn more about cover crops. The field tour starts at 9am, rain or shine. Register by August 12 to secure a meal at Late registrations and walk-ins are welcome, but advance registration is required to reserve a meal.

Mandatory grazing day: 25 August, 9am to 1pm, Greg and Rebecca Symanietz family farm, near Avon. The day will focus on forage types, fencing techniques, grazing/shared grazing schemes and calculating feed rations for those interested in implementing mandatory grazing on their farm. Several presentations are followed by a walk through the pastures. Lunch will be provided for those registered by August 18 on the Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District website at or by calling the office at 320-251-7800 ext. 3.

Farm Beginnings: September 1st is the application deadline for the Farm Beginnings class, which will take place from November to March in an online environment, with farm training events to follow later in 2023. The training will help beginners clarify their goals and strengths, establish a strong business plan and begin building their operations. It is designed for new and potential farmers who want to plan a profitable farming business. The course cost is $1,000, which covers up to two people per farm, and scholarships are available. For more information and registration, visit the Land Stewardship Project website at or email Annelie Livingston-Anderson at

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dykstras: Bill and Helene Dykstra have their garden open daily until the frost from noon until dusk. Volunteer donations to Guatemala are accepted. Take Kandiyohi County Road 5 south of Roseland for one mile, go east on 210th Avenue and turn south on 37th Street.

hands on hoard: September 10, 1-4 p.m., Horticulture Display Garden, University of Minnesota West Central Research & Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329 in Morris. Practical demonstrations all about gardening. Space is limited; Advance booking required with Heidi Olson-Manska at 320-589-1711 or More information online at

Star Trek 2022: August 20, 8 am to 1 pm nationwide, advance registration required online at Volunteers are needed to participate in the search for starlet agaric, one of Minnesota’s newest aquatic invasive species. Volunteers gather at local training sites to learn how to identify star alyssum and other invasive aquatic species. They are sent to nearby public waterways in search of star alithium and return to the local training ground to report their finds. Starry stonewort is an invasive alga that was first found in Minnesota on Lake Koronis in 2015 and has since spread to 19 Minnesota lakes. Early detection of this species is crucial for control. No experience or equipment is required to participate in Starry Trek. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Locations include West Ripley Park in Litchfield and locations in Paynesville, Alexandria and Ortonville.

Sibley State Park: A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and is available online. Sibley State Park is just west of New London off US Highway 71. For more information, visit the State Department of Natural Resources website at

  • Wetland Wildlife: August 11, 1-2pm, meet at the Interpretive Center. Learn why wetlands are important to our ecosystem and how to classify animals like mammals, reptiles and birds on a guided tour around the Pondview Interpretation Trail, which is 1.1 km long and stroller-friendly. Sunscreen, bug spray and plenty of water are recommended.
  • The bears who built Sibley: August 12, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., meeting in the amphitheater of the Interpretation Center. Learn about the Veterans Conservation Corps, their mission, and the buildings you see in the park today. The presentation will talk about the beginning of the Conservation Corps in 1935 to its end in the park in 1938.
  • I can fish!: Meet at Lake Andrew’s fishing pier at Bathing Beach on August 13 from 10am to 12pm. The hands-on program teaches all the basics, from fish identification to casting. Fishing licenses are not required for the program. Advance booking is required and more information is also available at .
  • Mammals of Minnesota: August 14, 12-2pm Visit the Interpretive Center to learn about Minnesota’s amazing mammals, including some you might find in the park, what habitat they call home, some of their favorite foods, and a few fun facts about every mammal. This program is ideal for children as there is no fixed length of stay. Suitable for prams and wheelchairs.

Environmental Learning Center Prairie Woods: The hiking trails in the rural Spicer center can be used free of charge during the day. A bathroom with composting toilets is open at the pavilion. Pets should be kept on a leash. All equipment rentals (fat tire bikes, kayaks, canoes) are processed on a reservation basis, which must be made at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve gear for the weekend, please call by noon on Friday. The two-hour gear rental is $20 for adults, $10 for members, and $5 for all youth. Call 320-354-5894.

Volunteer Water Wardens: The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is recruiting volunteers to measure water clarity in numerous lakes and streams — including several high-priority sites in the Willmar area — and then report to the agency. Volunteers conduct a simple water clarity test in a body of water twice a month during the summer. Lake Monitors drive or paddle to a specific spot in the lake to check clarity, while Stream Monitors record data from the creek bank or a bridge across it. All equipment and training is provided, no previous experience is required. The program relies on the volunteers who help monitor Minnesota’s more than 12,000 lakes and more than 92,000 miles of streams. This is the perfect opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts and those interested in helping protect the state’s natural resources. The MPCA uses the data to determine whether lakes and streams meet water quality standards designed to protect aquatic life and recreational activities such as fishing and swimming. In some cases, the information gathered by volunteers is the only monitoring performed on a given lake or stream.

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