Iowa tries to rebuild its poultry industry after bird flu outbreaks

Iowa released its latest report on bird flu on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Iowa released its latest report on bird flu on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Bird flu has taken its toll on Iowa’s poultry since it was first reported in the state in April 2015.

New numbers released today show that more than 34 million chickens and turkeys in Iowa have been affected during that time; most at commercial farms, but also at six backyard flocks.

See how you can keep your backyard chickens healthy here, and read on for more from today’s report: Continue reading

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Contest: Help solve the Tama Town Mystery

A train rumbles past the City Hall/library in Chelsea, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

A train rumbles past the City Hall/library in Chelsea, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

I’m fascinated with history, particularly when it has local relevance.

A new contest from Iowa Valley Scenic Byway Coordinator Dora Bopp ups the ante by combining history with places that I treasure in Tama County, along with the added element of a mystery. Continue reading

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CSA offers Christmas in July — and June, August, September and October

Sweet, fresh-picked strawberries have been among the produce provided in the weekly CSA share from Farmer Dave in rural Mount Vernon, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Sweet, fresh-picked strawberries have been among the produce provided in the weekly CSA share from Farmer Dave in rural Mount Vernon, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

How do you improve perfection?

“Farmer Dave” Miller asked how satisfied we are as members of his Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) tonight at the weekly pick up of veggies grown on his farm.

I was stumped on ways to improve the CSA. Every time I go, I feel like it’s Christmas. The kind of Christmas where you know what you might be getting, but there’s still that element of anticipation and surprise. Continue reading

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Learn the art of garden photography at Noelridge Park

A night to learn garden photography is set for July 29, 2015, at Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Becki Lynch)

A night to learn garden photography is set for July 29, 2015, at Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Becki Lynch)

As part of its season of “Art in the Park,” members of the Linn Area Photo Club  and Friends of Noelridge photographers are offering a photography night at the Noelridge gardens.

“Art in the Park” is also the theme of Noelridge’s entry in this year’s All America Selection Display Garden Landscape Contest. Read about the contest here and see below for more from Linn County Master Gardener, Becki Lynch, about the photography event: Continue reading

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Garden tours in Linn and Johnson Counties offer free look at elegant design and national daylily display

Daylilies, liatris and other lilies bloom in the rural Linn County garden of Zora Ronan. The gardens will be open for viewing on July 12, 2015. (photo/Zora Ronan)

Daylilies, liatris and other lilies bloom in the rural Linn County garden of Zora and Paul Ronan. The gardens will be open for viewing on Sunday, July 12, 2015. (photo/Zora Ronan)

Note: Due to rain, the Backyard Abundance tour in Iowa City has been rescheduled to Saturday, July 18, 2015.

Gardening enthusiasts are in luck this upcoming weekend. A free garden tour in Iowa City and one near Central City promise glimpses into gardening worlds that many of us can only dream about achieving.

Backyard Abundance is hosting a tour on Saturday, July 11, in Iowa City at the home of John Thomas, a retired landscape architect who has applied a lifetime of practice to his entire garden.

The following day, on Sunday, July 12, Zora and Paul Ronan will open their American Hemerocallis (daylilies) Society National Display Garden near Central City for tours. Continue reading

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New Lucky’s Market opens to crowds in Iowa City

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By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan IOWA CITY – The first Lucky’s Market in Iowa opened this week at the former Sycamore Mall in Iowa City and joins other grocery stores that have opened in recent months with a focus on local … Continue reading

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Downtown Cedar Rapids bursts on Fourth of July with Farmers Market, Freedom Festival events and more for 2015

Customers packed the streets of downtown Cedar Rapids during the first Downtown Farmers Market of the season. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Customers packed the streets of downtown Cedar Rapids during the first Downtown Farmers Market of the 2015 season. Even larger crowds are expected downtown for the Fourth of July. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – Watch for even more people than usual rocketing to downtown Cedar Rapids over the Fourth of July.

In addition to the Downtown Farmers Market, from 7:30 a.m. to noon this Saturday, the Fifth Season Race is set to begin at 8 a.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave. SE. Continue reading

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Noelridge announces Art in the Park in garden contest entry

Art in the Park will be the theme of this year's Noelridge garden contest entry. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Art in the Park will be the theme of this year’s Noelridge garden contest entry. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The gardens at Noelridge Park, at Council Street and Collins Road NE, won second place in an international contest last year and for the second time, will be entered in the competition.

Linn County Master Gardener, Becki Lynch, is again leading efforts with the garden design.

See more about last year’s entry: Noelridge Garden Contest and read on for more from Noelridge about this year’s contest and related activities: Continue reading

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After long wait, Sauce Bar & Bistro opens in Czech Village

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CEDAR RAPIDS – The wait is finally over. Co-owner Lenny Sims summed up the opening of his restaurant, Sauce Bar & Bistro, in one word: “relief.” After two years of work, it’s no wonder. Sims and co-owner Chris Robinson used … Continue reading

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“An Iowa original” New Pioneer Food Co-op to throw party this Saturday

New Pioneer Food Co-op's Summer Solstice Garden Party celebrates milk and more on Sat., June 21, 2014. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

New Pioneer Food Co-op’s Summer Solstice & Owner Appreciation Party will be Saturday, June 27, 2015. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

IOWA CITY – New Pioneer Food Co-op is throwing a party for its co-op members this Saturday, June 27, 2015.

The store has been in Iowa City since 1971 and has since expanded to Coralville and more recently, Cedar Rapids. Continue reading

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