By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan CEDAR RAPIDS – The Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market kicks off its 10th season on June 6, with a major announcement noted during a press conference today.
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Month: April 2015
A conference call with reporters last week described the massive numbers of chickens that would be euthanized on one farm in northwest Iowa as the single biggest loss seen thus far from avian influenza. Two Iowa turkey farms also have been hit by the virus, commonly known as bird flu. Now comes word that five […]
April can be so unpredictable: cold, wet and dreary one day, sunny and warm the next, and so it was this weekend. While the weather for Saturday’s EcoFest in New Bohemia wasn’t ideal for an outdoor festival, many activities were indoors so it was definitely not a wash-out. For me, it was a bird-brained day […]
A long streak of pleasant weather this month made it particularly tempting for Iowans to start planting their gardens. This week’s colder-than-average temperatures, however, reinforce why they might have jumped the gun and offer an apt reminder about the legend of the Three Frozen Kings.
This spring, it seemed like it might have been safe to plant earlier than usual, and then we get hit with a few nights of frost warnings. So, at least I don’t feel too far behind. If you’re eager to get your hands in the dirt, you’re in luck. Plant sales are kicking off this […]
Iowa BIG students will play a big role during a tree-planting on Arbor Day. The students will plant 24 bare root fruit trees this Friday, April 24, 2015, at Noelridge Park. Friday’s event is one of many to celebrate Earth Week, with Trees Forever scheduling daily activities to make it a true “Earth Week Blitz.”
As promised, NewBo City Market is adding to its variety of anchor merchants. Three new vendors will start in May at the market at 1100 Third St. SE in Cedar Rapids. See related stories here and read on for more about the new additions, from NewBo City Market:
Got weeds? There’s an app for that, coming soon! The definition of a true “weed” has morphed, particularly in light of recent reports about the value that dandelions and other early bloomers provide for our valued pollinators, such as bees.
Several caring people and organizations have come together to create a gardening project at the Johnson County Poor Farm to help feed those in need. Even if you don’t garden, you can help. The project is in the running for a grant program and voting is already underway.
By Cindy Hadish/For Radish Magazine Just as the shady canopies of American elm trees gave way to Dutch elm disease in the last century, the ubiquitous ash tree, a staple throughout the Midwest, is succumbing to emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that kills all varieties of ash. The lesson from both is one that […]