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Urban garden: a spirited use for whiskey barrels

Yazan: Cindy Hadish/SourceMedia Group News | 09 June 2010 | Comments Off
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Brittany Gilbert, of Brown-Forman, wrote to me about an awesome use of a vacant parking lot and recycled whisky and bourbon barrels. The company employs more than 4,000 people worldwide and is one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies, with more than 25 brands in its portfolio including Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort and [...]

What to do with leftover seeds

Yazan: Cindy Hadish/SourceMedia Group News | 25 March 2010 | 1 Comment
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   LouAnn Jayne of Marion told me about a great idea for gardeners with leftover seeds. She is starting a recycle/reseed project at the Marion Public Library. Gardeners with leftover seeds can drop them off at the library’s information desk, beginning now through May 1, to be distributed for free to anyone in need of [...]

Spring fever

Yazan: Cindy Hadish/SourceMedia Group News | 10 March 2010 | 7 Comments
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Linn County Master Gardener, Lisa Slattery, gives us a taste of the gardening season ahead: I admit I have a huge case of spring fever. I also have to admit that I’ve done things a bit backwards already this year (remember my resolution to Journal this year??). I purchased some of my seeds without plotting [...]

CSA teaser

Yazan: Cindy Hadish/SourceMedia Group News | 04 March 2010 | 1 Comment
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Linn County Master Gardener Intern, Danielle Wangsness, submitted the following about community-supported agriculture, also known as CSA:    As spring starts to inch a little closer I can almost start to taste the fresh vegetables and fruits that I plan on cooking with.  I have a small yard coupled with limited time to grow a [...]

Winter farminars begin tomorrow

Yazan: Cindy Hadish/SourceMedia Group News | 25 January 2010 | 3 Comments
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Sally Worley, of Practical Farmers of Iowa, sent the following on a series of webinars that begin tomorrow, Jan. 26, 2010:  Practical Farmers of Iowa is excited to announce their winter lineup of online webinars, or “farminars.” Practical Farmers of Iowa has four farminars scheduled for this winter, beginning January 26. To register and participate [...]

Iowans need to eat more veggies

Yazan: Cindy Hadish/SourceMedia Group News | 30 September 2009 | Comments Off
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     The CDC released a study this week that showed most of us could do better eating our fruits and vegetables. Iowa ranked 12th lowest, in a tie with Delaware, in the percentage of adults meeting both fruit and vegetable goals. Only about 12 percent of adults here meet the goals of two or more [...]

Rain stopped? Get out the grill

Yazan: Cindy Hadish/SourceMedia Group News | 28 August 2009 | Comments Off
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Here’s hoping the rain is over and more sunny days are in our future. With plenty of tomatoes and peppers on hand from the garden, I plan to get some on the grill this weekend. Linn County Master Gardener Claire Smith has grilling on her mind, too. The following is from Claire on out-of-the-ordinary grilling [...]

Community Garden Tour

Yazan: Cindy Hadish/SourceMedia Group News | 26 August 2009 | Comments Off
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     Theresa Carbrey considers herself part of the vegetable lobby. “We’ve got the pork and beef lobbies – somebody’s got to be the vegetable lobby,” said Carbrey, the education coordinator for New Pioneer Food Co-op in Iowa City.     New Pi and Harvest Farm & Preserve in Iowa City this year established community gardens called [...]

Riverside Casino bets on farmers market

Yazan: Cindy Hadish/SourceMedia Group News | 26 June 2009 | 1 Comment
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   Riverside Casino leaders are betting everyone wins at a new endeavor the casino has launched. Farmers market vendors will be hawking produce, crafts and baked goods in the casino’s parking lot once a month through September.     Veggies and slots might not be synonymous, but public relations director Sharon Haselhoff sees the market as an [...]

Buy Fresh Buy Local

Yazan: Cindy Hadish/SourceMedia Group News | 13 May 2009 | Comments Off
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The following came from the River Bend Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter about its membership drive:  The River Bend Chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local is seeking members and supporters for its 2009 campaign and directory.  This new chapter was formed in 2008 when 34 growers and/or supporters in Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson and Jones [...]

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