Farm, Garden & Outdoors Calendar Released June 18, 2022 – West Central Tribune – Low Calorie Diets Tips

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 released on podcast streaming services immediately after the webinar. Subscribe to podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or Google.

Management of invasive species: June 28, all day, West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris. The hybrid event will feature four keynote speakers via Zoom in the morning and afternoon, with face-to-face expert discussions at each of 10 research and contact centers across Minnesota. Attendees can watch the morning virtual keynote sessions in person at the center closest to them or from any location of their choice. At the in-person afternoon event, there will be direct access to field and research sites, and participants will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of invasive species native to their region. It will also offer hands-on, experiential learning focused on the science behind invasive species and how you can take action in your own communities.

Summer Beef Tour: On July 12, 6:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the University of Minnesota Extension Beef Team and the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association will host the tour at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus with stops at the Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Forage Research Plots. The tour begins and ends at the Minnesota Zoo, where participants have exclusive access to the entire zoo from 4pm to 8pm. Check-in opens at 6am at the zoo and buses leave at 7am. Tickets are $30 per person online at z .umn.edu/MNSummerBeefTour or at the door. Lunch and dinner are included. Inquiries can be sent to Dr. Joe Armstrong at armst225@umn.edu.

Partners of the Agricultural Innovation Conference: July 26, 7:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar or virtual live stream, free to qualified agricultural professionals. The MinnWest Technology Campus and the Willmar Economic Development Commission of Kandiyohi County & City of Willmar are co-hosts of the conference. dr Matt Roberts, expert on agriculture, commodity markets, energy issues and biofuels, will open the event. Personal stories about sustainability, working with the next generation and expanding possibilities are woven throughout the day. The day ends with a session focused on farm management, transitions and legacy planning. Detailed list of speakers and registration on the partnersinag.com website. For more information, contact Sara Mikolich at smikolich@starkgroupinc.com or EDC’s Sarah Swedburg at sarah@kandiyohi.com or 320-235-7370.

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.

Meeker County Master Gardener Tour: July 12, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., six gardens south of Grove City and Litchfield, $10, advance tickets available at Stockmen’s Greenhouse, First Lutheran and Zion Lutheran Church offices, KLFD Radio, im Meeker County Extension Office and in each garden on the evening of the tour. Proceeds go to Zion Youth and MST USA. Bus transportation to each garden is available for $12; Call 320-693-5275 by July 5th. A minimum number of passengers is required. Sponsored by Meeker County Extension Master Gardeners, for more information call 320-693-5275.

Gardening Night: July 28, 4-8 p.m. Show Garden, University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329 in Morris. Horticultural presentations, garden shows, keynote speakers, live music, food and stalls, farm tours and more.

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.

  • I can fish: July 16 or August 13, 10am-12pm, $7 Adult, Under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult, 5-11 years free accompanied by a registered adult. Hands-on instruction from experienced anglers, designed with beginners in mind, and all equipment is provided. Fishing licenses are not required. A vehicle permit is required to enter all Minnesota State Parks. One-day vehicle permits ($7 value) are included in the program.

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.

  • climbing wall: July 23, 9am-10:30pm, $20 per session, Grades 3-8, advance registration required. Challenge yourself physically and mentally at your own pace. Beginners can get to know the sport, exercise and have fun; Experienced climbers can train and refine their skills. The center’s instructors will be there to help and equipment will be provided.
  • climbing wall: July 23, 10:30 a.m. to noon, $20 per session, grades 9-12, advance booking required. Other details as above.

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 specific lake or stream.

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