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Seed Savers Exchange receives 2010 Golden Silo Award


Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area honored Seed Savers Exchange of Decorah with the Alan Hutchings Outstanding Visionary award at the annual Golden Silo Awards luncheon. The event was held at the Sky Event Centre in Waterloo on April 7.

The Outstanding Visionary award honors an individual, organization, business, agency or local government that has shown sustained support for the Heritage Area for more than five years, created a legacy in heritage development and provided leadership in the heritage development movement.

"This is a great honor for our organization," said Aaron Whaley, acting president of Seed Savers Exchange. "We are proud to be affiliated with the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area in northeast Iowa."

Also receiving Golden Silo Awards were:

• Richardson-Jackway Historic Site, Aurora, Outstanding Preservation in Agriculture;

• African American Museum of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Outstanding Partner;

• Cascade Community Enhancement Corporation, Cascade, Outstanding Volunteer;

• Wapsipinicon Mill Museum, Independence, People's Choice - Site of the Year.

"This year's Golden Silo Award recipients demonstrate the commitment and work ethic that has made Iowa the center of American agriculture, feeding both the United States and the world," commented Silos & Smokestacks President Don Short.

The keynote speaker for the event was Mary Swander, Poet Laureate for the state of Iowa. Swander performed a vignette from her play Farmscape, a docudrama capturing the changing rural environment.

Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization whose more than 12,000 members are committed to the preservation and distribution of heirloom seeds. Located on 890-acre Heritage Farm, its collection contains more than 25,000 seeds and plants, making it the largest non-governmental seed vault of its kind in the United States. For more information, visit www.seedsavers.org.

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The Heritage Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa.

New construction in Spring Valley was perfect move for this happy couple

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Tom Lawson and his wife Fran have traveled the world with his colorful career in the Central Intelligence Agency, raising their children in places such as Australia, London, Turkey and Tokoyo.

Now retired, the Lawsons are enjoying their days ..... 
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New construction in Spring Valley was perfect move for this happy couple

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Tom Lawson and his wife Fran have traveled the world with his colorful career in the Central Intelligence Agency, raising their children in places such as Australia, London, Turkey and Tokoyo.

Now retired, the Lawsons are enjoying their days ..... 
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Adding value to your property with a little curb appeal fit for a B & B

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Does your home attract the right kind of attention?

Heath Mensink, owner of Mensink Landscaping out of Preston, Minn., feels that "the curb appeal" makes a difference.

With over 20 years of experience, Heath has encountered a number ..... 
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Adding value to your property with a little curb appeal fit for a B & B

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Does your home attract the right kind of attention?

Heath Mensink, owner of Mensink Landscaping out of Preston, Minn., feels that "the curb appeal" makes a difference.

With over 20 years of experience, Heath has encountered a number ..... 
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Revitalize Your Lawn After a Long Winter

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Every spring, homeowners head outside to take stock of how the winter treated their lawn. Homeowners in areas that experience heavy snow or rainfall each winter likely do not look forward to this inventory, fearful of what another harsh winter did t ..... 
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Dill herb of the year for 2010

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

The International Herb Association has chosen dill as the outstanding herb for 2010.

Common in many gardens, dill grows 3-4' tall. It is an annual but reseeds itself readily. The seeds are best sown right in the place you want them to grow a ..... 
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Backyard barbecue

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Few things exude the spirit of summer more than a backyard barbecue. Casual attire is expected, and the a good time is had by all.

One thing that can ruin even the best barbecue, however, is the uninvited guest with a big appetite. And it's ..... 
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