Global March Against Monsanto draws crowd in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS – With shouts of “I want to know if it’s GMO,” a group of about 50 activists took to the streets in Saturday’s March Against Monsanto. The march through Czech Village and New Bohemia in Cedar Rapids was … Continue reading

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Tips for backyard chicken flocks in wake of bird flu

Owners of backyard hens can follow safety tips to protect their chickens from bird flu. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Owners of backyard hens can follow safety tips to protect their chickens from bird flu. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan

Almost daily in recent weeks, reports about Iowa poultry farms infected with bird flu are announced by the state.

More than 25 million chickens and turkeys have been affected in 60 farms, including a smaller backyard chicken flock added to the list this week in Sioux County.

In addition, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced an order yesterday to cancel all live bird exhibitions at county fairs, the Iowa State Fair, and sales of birds at livestock auction markets, swap meets and exotic sales, due to avian influenza.

Rebecca Mumaw, who leads chicken classes in Cedar Rapids and was a driving force behind the ordinance to allow hens in the city, said bird flu has been added as a topic in the classes, due to the high level of concern. Continue reading

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Cedar Rapids continues string of tree removals for sake of green space

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By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan CEDAR RAPIDS – The city is continuing its trend of clear-cutting trees for the sake of “parks” space. This week, 20 mature trees were removed from the riverfront along First Street SW, between First and Second … Continue reading

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Pipeline opponent to speak at Prairiewoods in Hiawatha

Opponents of the Keystone XL and Bakken pipelines hold signs Jan. 13, 2015, on the Third Avenue Bridge in downtown Cedar Rapids. Opponents of the Keystone XL and Bakken pipelines hold signs Tuesday, Jan. 13, on the Third Avenue Bridge in downtown Cedar Rapids. Pipeline opponent Ed Fallon will speak at Prairiewoods on May 20. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Opponents of the Keystone XL and Bakken pipelines hold signs in January 2015, on the Third Avenue Bridge in downtown Cedar Rapids. Pipeline opponent Ed Fallon will speak at Prairiewoods in Hiawatha on May 20. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Glad to hear that activist Ed Fallon bonded out of jail today, as he is scheduled to visit Prairiewoods in Hiawatha this Wednesday, May 20, to discuss his 400-mile walk across Iowa.

Fallon, a former Iowa legislator, was arrested and charged with trespassing May 18, after refusing to leave Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s office, where he sought a meeting to discuss the proposed Bakken Pipeline. Continue reading

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See the largest morel mushroom winner and other images from Houby Days 2015

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CEDAR RAPIDS – For a weekend predicted to be marred by rain and even severe storms, the weather turned out to be nearly perfect for Houby Days in Czech Village. Houby is the Czech word for mushroom and morel fans … Continue reading

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Farmers markets return to Czech Village as efforts begin to reconstruct roundhouse

Alex Andersen is shown inside the Riverside Roundhouse as he began the deconstructing process to save the building after the 2008 flood. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Alex Andersen is shown inside the Riverside Roundhouse as he began the deconstruction process to save the building after the 2008 flood. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Riverside Roundhouse could make a comeback, and with it, a return of farmers markets to Czech Village.

The roundhouse, built in 1962 and used for farmers markets until 2007, was deconstructed after the 2008 flood by volunteers, led by Alex Andersen, owner of Ernie’s Tavern.

Since then, the building has been in limbo while the pieces remained in storage. Continue reading

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Milkweed for monarchs an added attraction at Mother’s Day Showcase at the Noelridge Greenhouse in Cedar Rapids

See beautiful blooms during the Mother's Day Showcase at the Noelridge Greenhouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

See beautiful blooms during the Mother’s Day Showcase at the Noelridge Greenhouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

In case you missed the Easter Showcase last month, you’ll soon have another chance to visit the Noelridge Greenhouse.

The free milkweed plant given with each purchase, in itself, is a great reason to go to the Mother’s Day Showcase, to help our monarch butterflies. In addition, you’ll see row upon row of flowers and a room full of stunning tropical plants. Continue reading

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Morel mushrooms and Czech traditions celebrated during Houby Days in Cedar Rapids

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As a Cedar Rapids native living near Czech Village, Houby Days was a part of my childhood, so I was happy to be involved in writing about this year’s upcoming three-day festival for the Czech Village Association. Houby is the … Continue reading

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A glimpse at the work of Feed Iowa First in Cedar Rapids

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Spring is a busy time, particularly for gardeners. Now, just imagine your garden was not only at your home, but at 23 different sites. Sonia Kendrick might feel that way as she runs between the gardens she oversees for Feed … Continue reading

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Find the “missing link” to health at farmers markets

A sign at Henry’s Village Market in Homestead is displayed in late summer during the farmers market in the Amana Colonies. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

A sign at Henry’s Village Market in Homestead is displayed in late summer during the farmers market in the Amana Colonies. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

By Cindy Hadish/For Radish Magazine

My hometown hosts one of the largest farmers markets in the Midwest, but the Downtown Cedar Rapids market’s sea of people, produce, products and pets isn’t for everyone.

The crowds that keep some people at bay, however, serve as a boon to the 200-plus vendors, many of whom tell me that this type of market — with upwards of 14,000 customers saturating the streets — is what keeps them in business. Continue reading

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