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The 2011 Minnesota Grown Directory is now available. The directory lists hundreds of places to find locally grown foods including orchards, farmers markets, berry farms and garden centers. To order a free directory, call 1-888-847-4866 or go to www.minnesotagrown.com.

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Looking for a place to recycle clean plastic pots, trays and hanging baskets this season? Here are some area options: •Green Valley Greenhouse, 6530 Green Valley Rd., Ramsey •Nelson Nursery, 25834 Main St., Zimmerman •Prairie Restorations, 31646 128th St., Princeton •Malmborg’s, 20045 County Road 81, Maple Grove For more information, go to www.gardenminnesota.com. Minnesota Grown [...]

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A farmers market is being organized in Nowthen, with plans to open in June. “People have wanted this in Nowthen for a long time,” said Dennis Blake, one of the organizers. The first informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at Nowthen City Hall, 19800 Nowthen Blvd. The farmers market is [...]

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The Sherburne County Master Gardeners 7th Annual Garden Expo will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 9. It will be held at the Big Lake High School, 501 Minnesota Ave. The expo will feature seminars, vendors, educational displays and door prizes. Fee is $25 per person and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks, sessions and [...]

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Orders for discounted rain barrels and compost bins are being accepted now for later pick up in Elk River. An Earth Machine compost bin is $55 and a rain barrel is $69 (not including sales tax). There are two types of rain barrels available, The Rain Catcher or The System. Go to www.recycleminnesota.org to see [...]

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Learn how to make hot beds and cold frames to expand the growing season during an event at the Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 26. Fee is $15 or $12 for Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) members. Reservations are required, call 763-441-6896. Also coming up at the Kelley Farm: •1 [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor It’s called “A Harvest To Remember,” and it will be back again in 2011. The program was launched in 2010 by the historic Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River. It resulted in two community gardens planted by seniors and area youth. The produce was donated to the CAER food shelf [...]

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Sherburne County Master Gardeners’ seventh annual Garden Expo will run from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, April 9. It will be held at the Big Lake High School, 501 Minnesota Ave. The expo will feature seminars, vendors, educational displays and door prizes. Fee is $25 per person and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks, sessions and supplies. [...]

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