Goose for a Czech Christmas

Goose for a Czech Christmas

Of all the memories of my grandparents’ farm, the geese weren’t necessarily a favorite. To a small child, they appeared towering, and until I learned a secret from my grandmother, they seemed menacing, as well, hissing at us to keep our distance. At some point in time, grandma taught me to hiss back and from […]

Nature’s Noel to mark end of an...

Nature’s Noel to mark end of an era

CEDAR RAPIDS – The Indian Creek Nature Center is saying good-bye to an old friend, at least for one occasion. To mark the last Nature’s Noel at its headquarters in a historic dairy barn, the Nature Center’s Guild will sell commemorative plates, ceramic ornaments and gingerbread cookies in the shape of the barn during the […]

More reasons to eat organic and info ...

More reasons to eat organic and info on Iowa’s 2015 Organic Conference

This quote from “Fast Food Nation” author, Eric Schlosser, makes a great point about organic food that some of us may rarely consider: “One of the main reasons to eat organic is not because there may be some minor pesticide residue on the food that may harm you, but because farmworkers are being poisoned on […]

New Pi offers Thanksgiving feast samp...

New Pi offers Thanksgiving feast samples in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS – When you say New Pi and “free food” in the same breath, you know it’s going to be crazy big. I was at the opening celebration of the New Pioneer Food Co-op in Cedar Rapids and the store, at 3338 Center Point Rd. NE, was packed, so I’d expect nothing less during […]

Majority of pipeline supporters speak...

Majority of pipeline supporters speaking to Iowa board coming from out-of-state

The Iowa Utilities Board will hear from both supporters and opponents of the Bakken oil pipeline during a hearing this week to decide if the pipeline is for the good of Iowa.

Wandering elk shot by sheriff’s...

Wandering elk shot by sheriff’s deputy in Iowa

Apparently, Iowa doesn’t roll out the welcome mat for elk. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported today that a bull elk was shot Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, at the request of the DNR after it encountered a farmer in west-central Iowa.

Iowa’s Rainbow Iris Farm receiv...

Iowa’s Rainbow Iris Farm receives Martha Stewart award

Horticulturist Kelly Norris and his family’s Rainbow Iris Farm are being honored by Martha Stewart as one of this year’s 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Winners. Norris, an author who has visited Eastern Iowa a number of times, including as a speaker at this year’s Winter Gardening Fair in Cedar Rapids, is receiving the award […]

Cedar Rapids opponents plan to attend...

Cedar Rapids opponents plan to attend Bakken pipeline hearing

President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline has been making headlines, but Iowans still face having a crude oil pipeline run through the state. The Iowa Utilities Board will begin the Bakken pipeline hearing next week to determine if the pipeline serves the “convenience and necessity” of Iowans. Public comments will run 9 a.m. […]

Iowa bird flu update: quarantine lift...

Iowa bird flu update: quarantine lifted at all commercial sites

Several backyard chicken operations remain under quarantine in Iowa following this year’s bird flu outbreak, but state officials announced today that all commercial operations have been given approval to restock their farms. The disease affected more than 31 million chickens and turkeys in Iowa and led to countries such as China, South Korea and South […]

Play at Coe College addresses farmlan...

Play at Coe College addresses farmland transfer

The transfer of farmland is a critical issue in Iowa; one that the play “Map of My Kingdom” tackles through storytelling. On November 4, the Linn County Food Systems Council, along with Coe College’s Sustainability Council and Environmental Club, are sponsoring a performance of the play, followed by a panel discussion with local leaders involved […]