Each year, KYMN talks with third graders from St. Dominic’s School in Northfield to get their thoughts on Christmas. This is the 2018 class, sponsored by Bob and Andy Winter of Muddy Marsh Farms, Bob and Shari Erickson and Jake and Gina Fossum of Alma Construction, and Dick and Roxie Simon of D & S Cement:
In partnership with the University of Minnesota, the Carleton College Cowling Arboretum will host a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training program beginning Monday, Sept. 18 and running through October 26. Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday evenings at the Carleton College Cowling Arboretum. Two additional Saturday field trips will take place Sept. 30 and Oct. 14. The cost for the course is $275, including materials.
Registration is now open and the class is expected to fill up quickly.
Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on course, studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Students will join experts at the Carleton Arboretum to learn about the plants, animals, geology, ecology, and history of the “Big Woods Big Rivers” region. Students will gain valuable tools for exploring the natural world and sharing it with others, and will spend significant portions of each class outside learning and practicing those skills. Additionally, participants will gain stewardship and interpretation skills while working on a team capstone project.
To learn more about the program or to register online, visit www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org.
John Keller, executive director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, will present an informational session on Tuesday, March 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Lion’s Pause, Buntrock Commons at St. Olaf College. Keller will give an overview of current immigration law and practices, including an introduction to immigration law, information about current emerging immigration policies (including recent Executive Orders), and available resources for community members. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 786-3820.
Plan to attend the 2017 Horticulture Day….Gardening: Not Just A Summer Project!
It’s time to “Think Spring”! On Saturday, March 11th, the Rice County Master Gardeners will host their annual Horticulture Day, featuring speakers on orchids, common plant diseases, hydroponic gardening and new ideas in landscaping for 2017. The event will be held at Buntrock Commons on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Our first speaker will be Michelle Grabowski, U of M Assistant Extension Professor of Horticulture & Plant Pathology, who will discuss common diseases and problems in fruits and vegetables. Our next speaker will be Jerry Fischer, owner of Orchids Limited in Plymouth. Jerry is known for his large collection of beautiful, quality species and for creating new hybrids. He will also have orchids for purchase. After lunch in the St. Olaf cafeteria, we’ll hear from Larry Cipolla, Hennepin County Master Gardener, who will discuss his adventures with hydroponic gardening for year-round vegetables. We will conclude with Chris Lampert of Knecht’s Nursery in Northfield, who is a landscape designer with fresh ideas that will inspire your landscape dreams!
Registration includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, door prizes. There will be vendors on-site and a silent auction. Registration is due March 3rd. The event has been approved for four continuing education hours for Master Gardeners. To register, visit http://www3.extensin.umn.edu/county/rice or www.facebook.com/ricecountymastergardeners or call the Rice County Extension, 507-332-6109.
Trevor May, Byron Buxton, Chris Attaberry, Tony Oliva and TC Bear stop by KYMN studios after visiting the Northfield Middle School: