Local artist “draws” attention to local foods with street art

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By Cindy Hadish/For the Corridor Business Journal Artist Thomas Agran barely has a chance to dip his brush to resume painting before the comments begin. “Nice work,” a man driving past in a van shouts, giving a “thumbs-up.” A woman … Continue reading

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Photo gallery: Market After Dark in downtown Cedar Rapids

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By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan If you’re a fan of the crowds and excitement of the Downtown Farmers Market in Cedar Rapids, chances are, you’ll love the Market After Dark. The first-ever nighttime market in Cedar Rapids sports everything that the … Continue reading

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Free garden tours offer chance to view flowers at their peak

Coneflower are among the plants in bloom at the Noelridge Park gardens in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Coneflower are among the plants in bloom at the Noelridge Park gardens in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The gardens at Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids are ever-changing and have been gorgeous every time I’ve visited this summer.

An upcoming garden tour offers another opportunity to visit – though any time is good – with the added bonus of experts to guide you through the gardens.

See a sneak peek of the gardens here and read on for more from Friends of Noelridge Park about the upcoming tour: Continue reading

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Ironic choice for tree removal as honey locust gets the axe outside of Trees Forever headquarters in Marion

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UPDATE (Aug. 26, 2015) Bank of the West issued the following statement today: “We recently removed a tree we believed to be partially dead and diseased, and  pruned the dead branches of another tree adjacent our building.  Our first and … Continue reading

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Nighttime farmers market trend hits Cedar Rapids with “Market After Dark” to celebrate 10th anniversary

Cedar Rapids will host its first Market After Dark on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Cedar Rapids will host its first Market After Dark on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Nighttime farmers markets have been spicing up the local food scene throughout the U.S. for several years and are now making their way to Eastern Iowa.

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance will host its first-ever Market After Dark from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. The market is in addition to the regular Downtown Farmers Market, two of which remain this season. Continue reading

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Photo gallery: Brucemore Garden and Art Show 2015

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CEDAR RAPIDS – If you attended this year’s Brucemore Garden & Art Show, you might have a piece of the historic estate growing in your garden next year. A seed-saving workshop, with Linn County Master Gardeners Peggy Green and Glenn … Continue reading

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Last Village Farmers Market this season approaches to help restore Roundhouse in Czech Village

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CEDAR RAPIDS – Czech Village received approval to hold a limited number of farmers markets this summer and the last one is fast-approaching. The final Village Farmers Market of the 2015 season will be Saturday, Aug. 22, from 8 a.m. … Continue reading

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EPA: Iowa Fertilizer and Egyptian company Orascom to pay penalty for Clean Water Act violations

Expect to see plenty of corn when Iowan Chris Soules takes his turn as ABC's "The Bachelor." (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The company building a fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa will pay a penalty to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations, according to the EPA. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The company wooed to build a fertilizer plant in Iowa with more than a half-billion dollars in incentives has settled with the Environmental Protection Agency over alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at its construction site in southeast Iowa.

Gov. Branstad and his administration promised $100 million in state tax credits to Orascom, an Egyptian company that is building the plant in Lee County, and which has access to a reported $545 million in combined local, state and federal government incentives. Continue reading

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Urban walks project includes Czech Village in Cedar Rapids

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The Radish magazine asked four contributors to write about their favorite walks, with one caveat: the site couldn’t be in a park or on a trail. As editor Sarah Gardner noted, the majority of the walking most of us do … Continue reading

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Brucemore tradition continues with Garden & Art Show

"Kiss Me over the Garden Gate" was among the varieties of flowers in bloom during the Brucemore Garden & Art Show in 2014. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

“Kiss Me over the Garden Gate” was among the varieties of flowers in bloom during the Brucemore Garden & Art Show in 2014 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – One of the can’t-miss events of the gardening season is coming up this Saturday, Aug. 22, with an added bonus.

Admission to the Brucemore Garden & Art Show will be free this year, thanks to generous sponsors, said Tara Richards, Director of Community Engagement for the historic estate at 2160 Linden Dr. NE.

Even having sprained my ankle while running one year, I hobbled over afterward to the Brucemore Garden & Art Show. It’s just that good. Besides learning from incredible speakers and browsing the plants and art available to buy, it’s always enjoyable to take a stroll through the Brucemore gardens, and I’ve often come away with recipe ideas for seasonal produce.

See images and find one of the awesome recipes from last year’s show here: Brucemore Garden & Art Show and read on for more about this year’s event from Brucemore: Continue reading

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