Find Iowa’s list of 2015 CSA farms here

Abbe Hills Farm, in rural Mount Vernon, is among the Community Supported Agriculture farms listed in Iowa's 2015 directory. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Abbe Hills Farm, in rural Mount Vernon, is among the Community Supported Agriculture farms listed in Iowa’s 2015 directory. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

If you’re in the Iowa City area, you still have a chance to meet local farmers who operate Community Supported Agriculture farms during a CSA Fair this Thursday, Feb. 26, at the University of Iowa College of Public Health Building.

Find more information about that event here and in the meantime, the LeopoldĀ  Center for Sustainable Agriculture has released the updated directory of Iowa CSA Farms for the 2015 growing season. Continue reading

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New Pioneer Food Co-op announces grand opening party for Cedar Rapids store

Customers sample baked goods during a "sneak peek" of New Pioneer Food Co-op's Cedar Rapids store in December 2014. The store will celebrate its another grand opening in March. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Customers sample baked goods during a “sneak peek” of New Pioneer Food Co-op’s Cedar Rapids store in December 2014. The store will celebrate its grand opening in March. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

New Pioneer Food Co-op opened its new store in Cedar Rapids more than two months ago, but is still celebrating.

Today, New Pi announced details for the store’s grand opening, scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at the new store at 3338 Center Point Rd. NE.

See photos from the store’s opening in December here and read on for today’sĀ  announcement from New Pi: Continue reading

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Court ruling lists gray wolves as endangered species in Iowa

Wolves photo/Wikimedia

Wolves photo/Wikimedia

There are no breeding populations in Iowa, but the occasional gray wolf that strays into the state is now offered federal protection.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published its rule Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, on a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, which reinstated federal protections for wolves in the western Great Lakes region. Continue reading

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Photo gallery: Winter Gardening Fair 2015

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I’ve tried many times to sum up the Winter Gardening Fair, but it never quite conveys all that happens during the full day of gardening classes. With more than 50 workshops, the Linn County Master Gardeners continue to explore new … Continue reading

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Backyard beekeeping bee-ing considered in Cedar Rapids

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By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan CEDAR RAPIDS – A new buzz at City Hall could prove sweet for bee lovers. On Wednesday, the Cedar Rapids Development Committee gave wing to what could lead to an ordinance allowing beekeeping in city limits. … Continue reading

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Two out; one Iowan survives on American Idol

Maddie Walker photo/American Idol

Maddie Walker photo/American Idol

Two American Idol contestants with Iowa connections are out, with one Iowan making the cut into the Top 24.

On tonight’s broadcast, Ankeny 16-year-old Maddie Walker was shown the door after she performed with the top 48.

But wait! Continue reading

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Film, food and gardening featured at Prairiewoods this week

Scott Koepke of Soilmates teaches  about the benefits of composting during Eco-Fest 2013 outside the NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Scott Koepke of Soilmates teaches the benefits of composting during Eco-Fest 2013 outside the NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Some of my favorite gardeners will be at Prairiewoods in Hiawatha this coming week.

Scott Koepke of Soilmates will give a vegetable gardening presentation this Thursday, Feb. 19; Sonia Kendrick of Feed Iowa First will join in a viewing on Sunday, Feb. 22, of the Terra Firma documentary that features her and two other veterans; and Linn County Master Gardener, Phil Phister, will share seed-starting and transplant tips on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Here is more from Prairiewoods on all three events: Continue reading

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“Lazy gardener,” flowers for hummingbirds, vertical gardening and more on tap in Master Gardener Spring Library Talks

Seed-starting is among the topics covered by Linn County Master Gardeners during their Spring Library Talks in 2015. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Seed-starting is among the topics covered by Linn County Master Gardeners during their Spring Library Talks in 2015. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The Linn County Master Gardeners are expanding their reach.

Their spring talks will be held at seven area libraries this year, so you’re sure to find one just a short distance away and they’re free!

Topics range from container gardening and rain barrels to seed-starting and more. See the following schedule, with the month/day/town and miles listed from Cedar Rapids. The date is to the left of each session’s title and all are scheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m. Continue reading

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Homegrown Iowan updates on American Idol

wash-300x95Spoiler alert, in case you missed last week’s episodes of American Idol. Continue reading

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Two new stores; two grand openings in Cedar Rapids

Crowds rush through the doors of New Pioneer Food Co-op on opening day. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Crowds rush through the doors of New Pioneer Food Co-op on opening day. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – When New Pioneer Food Co-op opened its doors Dec. 10 in Cedar Rapids, store leaders promised a grand opening at a later date.

That date, and a few details have been released.

The store, at 3338 Center Point Rd. NE, will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Local producers, samples and live music are all on tap. The event is free and open to all. Shoppers don’t have to be New Pi members to buy at the store. Continue reading

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