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Flourish summer programs bring ag and culture together


Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative, a not-for-profit organization based in Fillmore County with a focus on arts in rural spaces, offers two intensive programs that invite participants to explore the arts on a working small-scale farm. Flourish Summer Camp for youth, August 7-13, 2011, and the Farm Arts Retreat for all ages, July 8-10, 2011, both take place on DreamAcres Farm outside Wykoff in Fillmore County. Professional artists work intimately with participants, who spend time in the garden as much as the class. Flourish programs are supported by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council with funds from the Minnesota State Legislature.

The Flourish Farm Arts Retreat takes place over three days and offers both visual and performing arts experiences. Participants of all ages may come for one day or all three. A farm-fresh lunch, served out of Minnesota's first off-the-grid certified kitchen, is included in the workshop price. Other meals and housing are optional add-ons. Workshops in the visual arts focus on figure drawing, watercolor, and pen and ink sketches. Teaching artists for these one-day sessions are Maggie Blazing (Wykoff), Jackie Braze (Wykoff), and Emily Darnell (Duluth), respectively.

Farm Arts Retreat 2011 performing arts one-day workshops focus on dance, puppetry and vocal techniques. Teaching artists are Jane Peck (Minneapolis), who, as a dance historian, focuses on storytelling through dance; Blair Thomas (Chicago), whose vast creative experience offers a range of approaches to puppet and story creation; and Libby Turner-Opanga (St. Paul), whose background in opera, gospel and soul inspire others to grow their voices. Flourish workshop instructors are flexible and eager to work with people who possess varying skills and abilities in these art forms.

Flourish Summer Camp takes place August 7-13. It is a residential camp for youth 11-15 years of age with focus on performing arts and agriculture. Staff artists offer classes in basic performance skills, dance, voice, puppetry and music, while farm interns lead work sessions in the greenhouse and gardens. But, the core of the Flourish program is a one-on-one mentoring relationship between each participant and a staff artist. This relationship becomes the foundation for the development of original performed art that is shared in a closing performance at the end of the session.

Flourish Summer Camp director, Eva Barr, a native of Albert Lea, is a founding and active .....
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Farm safety day camp a success

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

"Thank you for a great day! It was awesome!" That was the e-mail message waiting for me when I arrived at my office the morning after the Fourth Grade Farm Safety Day Camp.

I don't know how we continue to be so fortunate. We had beautiful wea ..... 
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AgStar offers grant to support ag education in high school

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

MANKATO, Minn. (April 19, 2011) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is proud to once again offer grants to support the purchase of equipment for agriculture classrooms. There is a total of $2 ..... 
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Mn/DOT reminds farmers to avoid planting, mowing crops in highway rights of way

Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

ROCHESTER, Minn.-The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds farmers that planting crops within rights of way is illegal because as crops grow higher and fuller they can block motorists' vision and create other safety problems.

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DCP Sign-up Deadline June 1

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Enrollment for the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) will continue through June 1, 2011. USDA urges producers to make use of the eDCP automated website to sign up, or producers can visit any USDA Service Center to complete their ..... 
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Local team finishes high at National Beef competition

Fri, May 6th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



The beef industry looks large in Minnesota, accounting for more than $2 billion in revenue. Still, the industry faces challenges with less than one percent of the U.S. population claiming farming as an occupation. While the number of farmers ..... 
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Livestock Programs Available

Fri, May 6th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



FSA administers several programs that provide monetary assistance to livestock producers who are dealing with problems caused by the winter weather. Producers need to document the number and kind of livestock that have died as a direct resul ..... 
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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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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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