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Harmony Healthcare Center's memory garden


Tue, Apr 19th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



When the Harmony Healthcare Resident Council met and voted to create a space where residents could enjoy a visit with family and friends, the project started as a garden plan and quickly became a community project. Hired to coordinate the efforts of volunteers and labor to get the garden planted by the end of the summer, it seemed an impossible goal.

The garden in the back of the Harmony Healthcare Center had been planted and lovingly maintained by a group of committed hospital units for 17 years, until it was no longer possible for the diminishing numbers to put in the time and labor required. Perennial flowers had all but disappeared with time and the shrubs had become overgrown and unsightly. The first step was to clear the area and start anew.

Wayne Herman and Phil Burkholder volunteered to organize the Harmony Lion's Club workers, and with their help and Bob Trouten's expertise on running a bobcat, the existing shrubs." were removed. Kinglsey Mercantile generously donated the use of equipment to help with the project as well. After clearing the grounds, it was time to block out the pathway in order for cement to be poured. On paper, a design drawn up by the Treehouse looked lovely, a pleasing walkway or wheelchair path curving through an assortment of flowering shrubs, a maple tree, and perennial flowers. In reality, an empty space stared back, no blueprint on the ground, but only possible dimensions to measure and translate. People pushing wheelchairs were envisioned and the space it might require. After jockeying back and forth with space requirements, an area was blocked and dug out by Lion's Club members who faithfully showed up numerous times to provide labor with their good humor.

In the meantime, an idea was forming for a theme for this special garden. The Care Center had been putting into place a transformation called the Culture Change, asking residents to make more choices to form their living space in this chapter in their lives.

Memories of my grandmother's garden, my mother's garden and pictures of my daughter sitting among the wild daisies in our front lawn intermingled, to suggest asking residents of their favorite flowers in childhood or home gardens.

A community circle was formed and residents' garden favorites and memories were shared. Mavis Fossum mentioned lilac bushes, a neighbor's forsythia and crabapple trees as memorable. Onie Bigalk remembered red roses and red tulips from her .....
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Harmony Healthcare Center's memory garden

Tue, Apr 19th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



When the Harmony Healthcare Resident Council met and voted to create a space where residents could enjoy a visit with family and friends, the project started as a garden plan and quickly became a community project. Hired to coordinate the ef ..... 
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Horseradish: herb of the year for 2011

Tue, Apr 19th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



The International Herb Association chooses an Herb of the Year to highlight each year. Their choice involves evaluating herbs that are outstanding in at least two of the three major categories: culinary, medicinal, or decorative. Horseradish ..... 
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Greenleaf Angus named 2011 MN Breeder of the year

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Greenleaf Angus, Lavonne and the late Lynn G. Mensink of Preston, were honored by the Minnesota Angus Association as the 2011 Breeder of the Year. The award was presented to Mrs. Mensink by the association and their family by Association President, ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



CRP Signup Ends April 15

Farmers and ranchers have until April 15 to enroll eligible land into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) during the general sign-up period, which opened in March.

Contracts awarded under this sign- ..... 
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Extension Notes

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Visit two Winona County Minnesota grape growing operations to discuss "bud break," young shoots and other spring grape growing issues on Saturday, April 30, from 9:30 am to 4 pm.

In the morning, you will tour Bob and April Heiring's n ..... 
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Ninth annual Dairy Show

Wed, Apr 6th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The ninth annual Southeast Minnesota All-Breeds Youth Dairy Show will be held on Friday, June 10 at 10:30 am at the Houston County Fairgrounds in Caledonia, MN. This show is for all youth ages 20 years old and younger and will include all breeds, bo ..... 
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Extension Notes

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Earlier this winter I completed the Houston County Land Rent Survey, and now have results from the Fillmore County Land Rent Survey. In those two surveys not one landlord or renter projected rents to decline from 2010 to 2011. So is this a l ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Enrollment for the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) has begun and will continue through June 1, 2011.

USDA computes DCP Program payments using base acres and payment yields established for each farm. Eligible producers ..... 
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