Emerald Ash Borer found on University...

Emerald Ash Borer found on University of Iowa campus

IOWA CITY – Woodpeckers helped pinpoint emerald ash borer, an invasive pest that kills all ash trees, on the University of Iowa campus. Johnson County’s confirmation brings to 30 the number of counties where emerald ash borer has been found in Iowa. That includes Linn County, where live larva of the beetle was detected in […]

Cedar Rapids removes more healthy tre...

Cedar Rapids removes more healthy trees in Czech Village neighborhood

By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan CEDAR RAPIDS – Losses continue to stack up in the Czech Village neighborhood, where another round of trees have been given the axe, in the name of flood control. The neighborhood was inundated with floodwaters from the nearby Cedar River in 2008, after which numerous homes were demolished, leading to a […]

Cedar Rapids Washington asbestos case...

Cedar Rapids Washington asbestos case goes to Environmental Protection Commission

By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan A state commission will decide whether or not to refer a case involving the Cedar Rapids Community School District to the Attorney General’s Office for further enforcement. The Environmental Protection Commission will take up the question regarding asbestos removal at Cedar Rapids Washington High School at its meeting Feb. 16, 2016. […]

Flowers for the socially conscious

Flowers for the socially conscious

By Cindy Hadish/for Radish Magazine Anne Armitage sells locally grown flowers at Bark & Bloom in the NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids, but sourcing locally is nearly impossible for Midwestern florists in the winter. “It’s very challenging,” said Armitage, who has to rely on what wholesale suppliers make available in Iowa during cold weather […]

Iowa Caucus night snapshot in Cedar R...

Iowa Caucus night snapshot in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS – One small snapshot of Iowa’s statewide caucus night on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, showed a surge of attendees. “We thought there would be 125 here tonight,” Anthony Brown, caucus chair for Precinct 16 said at Arthur Elementary School in Cedar Rapids. “And we had 292, so thank you for blowing that number […]

Photo gallery: 2016 Caucus finish lin...

Photo gallery: 2016 Caucus finish line in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS – Candidates for president made their final push this weekend, in front of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses that will take place Monday, Feb. 1. Republican Marco Rubio and Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders drew large crowds in Cedar Rapids, while former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley rallied his troops as he met with supporters […]

Second Sunday garden forums: search f...

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Project GREEN’s 2016 Second Sunday winter garden forums are already under way. All of the forums are 2-4 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library and are free to attend, with refreshments and door prizes. I’m sorry I missed out on the first one, in January, in which Chuck Porto, retail […]

Rediscovering our Food System in Iowa

Rediscovering our Food System in Iowa

An event coming up next week in Johnson County, Iowa, will bring together six sectors of our food system to help spur conversation and move forward toward a common vision. Learn more about the free event here: Join us Thursday, February 4th, 2016, from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. for Alliances—Rediscovering our Food System, a public forum where we will […]

Iowa central to proposed “Monar...

Iowa central to proposed “Monarch Highway”

By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan CEDAR RAPIDS – Travelers along Interstate 35 would share the plus-1,500-mile route with some migrating friends if plans for a “Monarch Highway” take flight. Chip Taylor, founder and director of Monarch Watch and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Kansas, described the proposal during his presentation Jan. […]

Master Gardeners bring classes to Eas...

Master Gardeners bring classes to Eastern Iowa libraries

Linn County Master Gardeners will be spreading the word about a multitude of gardening topics in their upcoming 2016 library series. From Blairstown to North Liberty, Central City to Cedar Rapids and beyond, the experts will provide information on container gardening, organic vegetables, rain barrels and more. If you’d prefer to fit it all in […]