Plant sales sprout in Eastern Iowa

Plant sales sprout in Eastern Iowa

We’ve been fortunate to experience beautiful weather this spring and recent rains should boost those seeds planted outdoors. If you’re looking for your own gardening boost, a number of plant sales scheduled in the coming weeks should do the trick. Master gardeners and other organizations sell perennials such as hosta and daylillies, along with vegetable […]

Photo gallery: EcoFest 2016

Photo gallery: EcoFest 2016

Pollinators have been a worthy focus of habitat restoration efforts, one of the themes at this year’s EcoFest in the New Bohemia area of Cedar Rapids. Members of Monarchs in Eastern Iowa, along with numerous willing young volunteers, made milkweed seed balls during the event, which will be used by RAGBRAI riders to spread across […]

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Creeping Charlie is another early bloomer that is beneficial to bees. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Overnight, my yard has exploded into a sea of yellow. Rather than go through my usual, futile, efforts to eradicate the dandelions this year, though, I’m turning them over to the bees. Dandelions are among the early plants that provide pollen and nectar for bees when they emerge in the spring. Increasingly, more people are […]

EcoFest and nature walk among Earth W...

A dung beetle metal sculpture greets visitors at a past EcoFest outside of the NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Live music, environmental documentaries, a butterfly show and more are scheduled for this year’s EcoFest, on Saturday, April 23, 2016, in New Bohemia in southeast Cedar Rapids. Other activities are taking place during Earth Week, in the days leading up to Earth Day on April 22. Related: Earth Month activities in Iowa City Trees Forever […]

Earth Month celebrated with film scre...

Earth Month celebrated with film screenings, gardening forum and more in Iowa City

The University of Iowa Office of Sustainability and Johnson County Green Team have events under way this April to celebrate Earth Month and Earth Week 2016. Additionally, Friends of Historic Preservation in Iowa City and the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center will hold a screening of Blue Vinyl at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. […]

Pork and shrimp create perfect combo ...

Pork and shrimp create perfect combo at Rehberg farm in Iowa

By Cindy Hadish/for Radish magazine Denny and Lea Rehberg have added a decidedly coastal flavor to their Midwestern farm. Rehberg’s Pork is well-known at Iowa farmers markets for its bacon, ham, sausage and other purebred Hampshire hog products, but the farm is poised to make a name with its shrimp, as well. The Rehbergs are […]

New vegan dining option coming to Ced...

New vegan dining option coming to Cedar Rapids

By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan Cedar Rapids-area diners looking for raw and vegan alternatives are in luck. Rawlicious, a raw food, vegetarian and vegan cafe, will open in the NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE,  as an anchor merchant in July. The cafe offered a preview tasting April 1 and April 2 at the market, […]

Learn how to help pollinators in free...

Learn how to help pollinators in free series at Cedar Rapids Public Library

Linn County Master Gardeners are continuing their theme of the “Year of the Pollinator” with three sessions this April in the Creative Gardening Series at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. The year began with an event at Kirkwood Community College, featuring Chip Taylor, founder and director of Monarch Watch and professor of ecology and evolutionary […]

Iowa’s Glacial Trail offers loc...

Iowa’s Glacial Trail offers local foods off-the-beaten path

By Cindy Hadish/for Edible Iowa River Valley The Glacial Trail Scenic Byway’s setting, off the beaten path, contributes to its enchanting appeal. Visitors seek out the Glacial Trail’s rolling hills and picturesque landscapes for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities, as well as its local foods and wine, said Brandy Hoffert, executive director of Iowa […]

Easter Showcase happening at Noelridg...

Easter Showcase happening at Noelridge Greenhouse in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS – The warmth of the Noelridge Greenhouse can dispel the gray skies that sometimes tend to accompany this time of year. That’s particularly true during the annual Easter Showcase, held this Saturday, March 26, and Sunday, March 27, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Noelridge Greenhouse, 4900 Council Street NE. See […]