Farm, Garden & Outdoors Calendar Released July 30, 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 z.umn.edu/strategic-farming. 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 streamed to 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, forage management and the use of cover crops on land and in dairy cattle rations. Lunch is offered at 1:00 p.m. Sign up for the meal at z.umn.edu/DairyFDCentral22 or call Dana Adams at 320-204-2968.

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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 z.umn.edu/covercropfieldday. 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/cost sharing 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 stearnscountyswcd.net or by calling the office at 320-251-7800 ext. 3.

Farm Beginnings: September 1st is the application deadline for the Farm Beginnings course, which will be held in an online environment from November to March 2023, with on-farm training events to follow later in 2023. The training session will help beginners clarify their goals and strengths, create a strong business plan and start building their operations. It is designed for new and potential farmers who want to plan a profitable farming business. Course cost is $1,000 and covers up to two people per farm – discount for applications received before August 1st and scholarships available. For more information and registration, visit the Land Stewardship Project website at landstewardshipproject.org or email Annelie Livingston-Anderson at annelie@landstewardshipproject.org.

dykstras: Bill and Helene Dykstra opened their garden on July 5th daily from noon until dusk until the frost. 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 olsonh@umn.edu. More information online at wcroc.cfans.umn.edu.

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 www.dnr.state.mn.us.

  • Wetland Wildlife: August 11, 1pm to 2pm, meeting at the Interpretation 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, the jobs they performed, and their buildings you see in the park today. It will talk about the beginning of the Conservation Corps in 1935 to its end in the park in 1938.
  • I can fish!: Meet at the Lake Andrew Fishing Pier at Bathing Beach on August 13 from 10am to 12pm. The practical program teaches all the basics, from fish identification to casting. Fishing licenses are not required for the program. Advance booking is required and see www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/ican/fish.html for more information.
  • 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 them 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.

  • Canoeing and Archery: August 6, 9am-12pm, $20 per session, Grades 4 and up. After a lesson in canoeing skills and safety, set out across the water to spot wetland wildlife, followed by learning the basics of Olympic-style archery.

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