This upcoming event has a special connection for me. My cousin, Judy Beuter, has been raising chickens in a sustainable way for years at her farm in rural Solon. I’ve visited during her “Baby Chicks Day,” and am sure that “Meet the Meat Chickens” will be just as educational. New Pioneer Food Co-op is helping […]
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This is still a few weeks away, but it’s going to be a big event, so mark your calendars! It seems that orchids are becoming more widespread and available just about anywhere. This event can help with any questions you might have about raising these exquisite flowers. Here is more from the Eastern Iowa Orchid […]
CEDAR RAPIDS – Who can blame Kirkwood Viticulture Instructor, Lucas McIntire, for being in what I can only describe as a state of grape Nirvana. At our most recent class, the weather was Iowa-perfect and early grapes were good to go, allowing us to not only harvest the fruit of the vineyard, but to take […]
I can’t believe I’ve never seen a “Tapener” before now. At our most recent viticulture class at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, we used this handy tool to position young grapevines onto trellis wires. A combination staple gun/tape dispenser, the Tapener is ingenious, and as long as it doesn’t get jammed, is fairly simple […]
This sounds like the water-borne version of chiggers. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources notes that swimmer’s itch is becoming an issue at Okoboji Lake and offers advice on what can be done about this condition: SPIRIT LAKE – Campers last weekend reported cases of swimmer’s itch contracted on East Okoboji Lake in the Iowa […]
They’re so cute as babies, but do you have what it takes to raise backyard chickens? Find out during this free educational session coming up this Saturday, April 13, 2013.