Farm, Garden and Outdoor calendar published on September 25, 2021

Clean the crow: September 25, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Mill Pond Landing, New London. The 16th Annual Garbage Pickup Morning will be followed by a free lunch at the Goat Ridge Brewery to tell stories about the garbage found (i.e. All volunteers are welcome. For more information contact Andy Johnson at 320- 796-0888 or email [email protected]

Sibley State Park: A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and is available online. Sibley State Park is west of New London just off US Highway 71. Construction plans include renovating the amphitheater near the Interpretive Center and a new trail connecting Sibley State Park to the Glacial Lakes State Trail, which requires the Mt. Tom Trail to be closed this summer. The beach store is open on weekends until September 19. For more information, visit the State Department of Natural Resources website at

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center: The trails in the Spicer Rural Center can be used free of charge during the day. A bathroom with a composting toilet is opened by the pavilion. Animals must be kept on a leash. All equipment rentals (fat-tire bikes, kayaks, canoes) will be by reservation, made at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve the equipment for the weekend, please call before noon on Friday. The two-hour equipment rental costs $ 5 for youth, $ 10 for adult members, and $ 20 for non-member adults. Call 320-354-5894.

Upcoming events are as follows:

  • Family fun day: October 3, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., free hiking, biking and kayaking. Prior registration required with PWELC for cycling and kayaking; transportation available from Willmar, contact [email protected] or 320-333-8054.
  • Play day at the pioneer hut: Oct 5, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Grade 15, $ 5, prior registration required. Who is up for a friendly competition? After dressing up as a pioneer, unplug for an afternoon of blind bluffing, a three-legged race, a game of thanksgiving (hoops and sticks), kubb, and more pioneer games. If it rains, we’ll see how you do with the grabs, sticks and card games; meet at the pioneer hut on the farm site.
  • Initiation to mountain biking: Oct. 9 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., $ 10 or $ 15 with equipment rental; prior registration required.
  • Single Track Cycling Skills: Oct. 9, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $ 15 or $ 20 with equipment rental; prior registration required.
  • Pioneer craftsmanship: Oct 19, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Grade 15, $ 6, prior registration required. Dress up as a pioneer and craft several different crafts. Learn what crafts would be done for fun (corn husk dolls, jigsaws) and what would be done for necessity (dipping candles, sewing) and take home what you make; meet at the pioneer hut on the farm site.

Sylvopature: October 14, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Family Friendly, All Ages Welcome, Living Song Farm, Howard Lake. An overview then rotations focused on different topics and restoration activities include silvopature techniques (integrating trees and grazing livestock on the same landscape), restoration of oak savannah, planting of trees, sowing meadows and lifting / transporting buckthorn. Sponsored by Great River Greening, University of Minnesota Extension and the Sustainable Farming Association. For more information or to register, contact Amy Kilgore at [email protected] or call 651-272-3989.

Suicide prevention: Oct. 19 or Dec. 16, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., free, online. NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers a suicide prevention course tailored to farming communities. Called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) for farming communities, the program helps individuals learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide. It is aimed at members of rural and agricultural communities over the age of 16 who wish to learn best practices in suicide prevention. To register, see “Courses” at For more information, call 651-645-2948.

Selection of daylilies: October 20, noon to 1 p.m., AgCountry Auditorium, University of Minnesota Midwest Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329 to Morris. Sara Thronsedt has been a gardener for over 45 years. In 2012, she became an extension gardener and currently sits on the Horticultural Exhibition Gardens Advisory Committee. Her passions are educating gardeners and growing her own perennials and vegetables. She is especially proud of her restored half-acre native prairie. This “Come grow with us” course is free, but donations are accepted. Registration is required upon arrival. Masks required indoors at any University of Minnesota facility, regardless of immunization status. More information at or 320-589-1711.

Dykstras: Bill and Helene Dykstra will have their garden open from noon until dark every day until frost. Free will donations for Guatemala will be accepted. Take Kandiyohi County Road 5 south of Roseland for 1 mile, head east on 210th Avenue and turn south on 37th Street.

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