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Click here to read more about CSA farms in Minnesota. by Joni Astrup Associate editor Nancy Welty happily describes herself as a corporate drop-out. For years she worked as an accountant and management consultant, and spent a lot of time on airplanes traveling for work. “After 20 years of that I said, ‘I want to [...]

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Click here to read about a CSA farm in Big Lake Township. by Joni Astrup Associate editor Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms are becoming a hot commodity in Minnesota. “It’s really taken off in the last five, six, seven years,” said Minnesota Grown spokesman Paul Hugunin of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. “A few years [...]

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A Spring Celebration of Birds, Plants and Nature will be held from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman. Events include: •Bird Tour, 8–11 a.m. Meet at refuge headquarters. •Birds of the Wetlands and Oak Savanna, 9–11 a.m. Meet at refuge headquarters. •Family Nature Walk, 10–10:30 a.m. Meet at [...]

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The historic Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River will offer two gardening-related events in April. •Build a Birdhouse Workshop will be held from 1–3 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Fee: $10 per birdhouse; $8 for Minnesota Historical Society members. Participants will build a birdhouse to take home. All tools and equipment are provided. Designed for bird [...]

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Rain barrels and compost bins are now available at a discounted price through the Recycling Association of Minnesota. Pre-orders will be delivered to the Sherburne County Fairgrounds in Elk River on May 12. Compost bins cost $55 (regularly $105) and rain barrels, $69 (regularly $139). To order, go to recycleminnesota.org. For people without Internet access, [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor Elk River’s Farmers Market will be moving to downtown this summer. The market will be located in the vacant space next to Elk River Meats that was created when two buildings at 716 and 720 Main St. were demolished by the city in January. A consultant is working on plans [...]

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The Eighth Annual Garden Expo presented by the Sherburne County Master Gardeners will be held from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at Big Lake High School. Keynote speaker will be Carrol Henderson, who will talk about landscaping for wildlife. Henderson is the long-time supervisor of the Nongame Wildlife Program at the Minnesota Department of [...]

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Spring clean up events are coming up soon in several area communities. •Livonia Township, 8 a.m.-noon April 21 at the Livonia Town Hall, 11162 265th Ave., Zimmerman •City of Elk River, 4-8 p.m. April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27 and 8 a.m.-noon April 28 at Great River Energy’s Resource Processing Plant, 10700 165th Ave., [...]

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District 728 Community Education is offering a number of home and garden-related classes this spring. The list includes: •Couponing 101: Learn the basics of couponing from 6-9 p.m. Monday, May 7 at the Handke Center, Elk River. $19 per individual or $35 per pair. •The Art of Sushi: 6-9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at Elk [...]

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