Emerald ash borer detected in five more Iowa counties

Emerald Ash Borer (photo/ISU Extension)

Emerald Ash Borer (photo/ISU Extension)

There is no holiday break from the dreaded emerald ash borer.

The invasive beetle has been positively identified in an additional five counties in Iowa, bringing the statewide total to 18.

Read more about the latest infestations from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources: Continue reading

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Raising awareness about one of Iowa’s best-kept secrets

Byway road sign image courtesy of Iowa Valley RC&D.

Byway road sign image courtesy of Iowa Valley RC&D.

Iowa’s Scenic Byways are among the state’s best-kept secrets.

Each of Iowa’s nine state-designated and two nationally-designated byways offers a great way to experience the natural beauty, history and culture of the state. Now, more people will be able to learn about the landscape of the byways and what conservation systems are used to improve them.

The Iowa Valley RC&D provided the following about a grant awarded to the byways that will help promote awareness and provide information through the development of interpretive panels: Continue reading

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Cedar Rapids “greenway parks” plan could mean the ax for nearly 200 trees; no inventory conducted on targeted trees

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By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan CEDAR RAPIDS – During the Trees Forever symposium in Cedar Rapids one week ago, a presentation that glowingly described the city’s upcoming greenway parks system left out one inconvenient truth. The plan not only calls for … Continue reading

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New Pioneer Co-op opens doors to new Cedar Rapids store

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CEDAR RAPIDS – New Pioneer Food Co-op opened its new store to an ecstatic group of supporters this morning in Cedar Rapids. “I’ve been waiting for this for 10 long years,” said Mollie Schlue, who  joined the co-op 25 years … Continue reading

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“An Evening in the Soil” at the University of Iowa, and spotlight on soil around the world

The University of Iowa will present "An Evening in the Soil" on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The University of Iowa will present “An Evening in the Soil” on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Soil doesn’t get the attention that, let’s say, a new organic grocery store or seasonally focused restaurant might, but without healthy soil, you wouldn’t have those organic veggies to buy at the store or served on the menu. Continue reading

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Homegrown restaurants add new flavor to Czech Village in Cedar Rapids

Sauce Bar & Bistro is expected to open by the end of December 2014 in Czech Village. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Sauce Bar & Bistro is expected to open by the end of December 2014 in Czech Village. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

By Cindy Hadish/for the Corridor Business Journal

CEDAR RAPIDS – Patience has been the cornerstone for the owners of a forthcoming restaurant in Czech Village.

After more than a year of work, Lenny Sims and Chris Robinson are eager for the long-awaited opening of their new establishment, Sauce Bar & Bistro. Continue reading

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New Pioneer Food Co-op offers sneak peek of new Cedar Rapids store; opening set for Dec. 10

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By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan CEDAR RAPIDS – If the traffic flooding the parking lot at New Pioneer Food Co-op is any indication, the new Cedar Rapids store will be off to a roaring start. Hungry for a taste of the … Continue reading

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New Pioneer Food Co-op announces opening date for new store in Cedar Rapids

More than a year after announcing that New Pioneer Food Co-op would be coming to Cedar Rapids, store officials announced the opening date for the new location, shown here on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

New Pioneer Food Co-op officials announced the opening date for the new store in Cedar Rapids, shown here on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – It’s what fans of fresh, local and organic foods have been awaiting.

New Pioneer Food Co-op has been readying its new store in Cedar Rapids for more than a year and today announced what the opening date will be.

The Cedar Rapids site is the third location for the co-op, based in Iowa City.

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Wintertime offers outdoor opportunities for exercise in Iowa

The Sac & Fox Trail, in southeast Cedar Rapids, offers an opportunity to be immersed in nature without leaving the city. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

The Sac & Fox Trail, in southeast Cedar Rapids, offers an opportunity to be immersed in nature without leaving the city. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

By Cindy Hadish/for Radish Magazine

Watching a bald eagle gracefully soar over meandering waters is one of the prime reasons to take a wintertime walk on the Sac & Fox Trail.

The trail stretches just over 7 miles along the Cedar River and Indian Creek in southeast Cedar Rapids, where you can feel immersed in nature without leaving the city. Continue reading

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Blue Zones classes channel Shrek to teach children to “eat green”

A Holiday Plant-Based Cooking Class is scheduled at NewBo City Market's Kirkwood Culinary Kitchen this month, with classes for children scheduled at various locations in the Cedar Rapids area. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

A Holiday Plant-Based Cooking Class is scheduled at NewBo City Market’s Kirkwood Culinary Kitchen this month, with classes for children scheduled at various locations in the Cedar Rapids area. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

An interesting twist in what can be a challenge to get kids to eat their veggies: the Blue Zones Project in Cedar Rapids, which promotes healthy living, is teaming up with Theatre Cedar Rapids and other organizations for cooking classes for children.

Actors and actresses from Shrek the Musical will be on hand to talk about all things fairy tale while kids in the class learn about healthy eating.

Find the schedule of classes and more about events this December from the Blue Zones Project: Continue reading

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