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Tomato tasting and seed saving workshop September 4


Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Seed Savers Exchange near Decorah, Iowa, is hosting a free Tomato Tasting and Seed Saving Workshop on Saturday, September 4, 2010. The Tomato Tasting will run from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, offering visitors the opportunity to sample a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes and learn how to save tomato seeds.

The event will be held at the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center. More than 30 varieties of tomatoes of all colors and sizes will be available, including yellow cherry tomatoes, pink beefsteaks, striped stuffing tomatoes, red grape tomatoes and green romas. Last year, Velvet Red, a small salad tomato, was voted most popular.

The Oneota Food Co-op in Decorah is sponsoring this year's Salsa Contest. Limited to 25 entrants, applications are available at the co-op or by calling 563-382-4666. The registration deadline is Monday, August 30. The co-op will also be providing food for purchase during the event.

Tomato Seed Saving Workshops are scheduled at 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, and 3 pm. These workshops will teach gardeners how to preserve tomato seeds from their own garden.

Visitors will be able to tour Seed Savers Exchange's tomato gardens. Guided hayride tours begin at 12:00 noon and are scheduled for every 45 minutes.

Also scheduled are activities for kids, including the Kid's Tomato Squish and Save Station, a beginners guide to saving seeds.

"This family event gives people the opportunity to experience the wide diversity of tomatoes available, and learn how to improve their own gardening experience," says Diane Ott Whealy, the co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange.

All events are free to the public.

Located six miles north of Decorah, Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation and distribution of heirloom seeds. Seed Savers has records on more than 25,000 varieties of open pollinated varieties, making it the largest non-profit seed bank in the United States. Visit us at www.seedsavers.org

Recycling 101

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Does the Fillmore County Recycling Center accept clothing for recycling? Yes, we have for many years and continue to do so today. At one time, there was a large container near the fiber section of the recycling center where you could deposit unwante ..... 
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Lanesboro Local Farm and Garden tour

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

Want some perspective on where good food actually comes from? "Bring a camera, a cooler and unleashed curiosity," suggests Nancy Martinson, board chair of Lanesboro Local.

The Farm & Garden Tour kicks off at 11 a.m. July 31 with a trio of st ..... 
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Low interest loan for well replacement

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



The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is planning on pursuing funding to initiate a revolving low interest loan fund for well replacement in Fillmore County. The fund will operate similar to the revolving loan fund that wa ..... 
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Recycling 101

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Batteries...... each of us owns several electronic devices that require batteries. Three billion, yes BILLION, batteries are sold each year in the United States. That is somewhere between thirty and forty per family. We all know that sooner or later ..... 
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Recycling 101

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

I would assume that nearly every home in Fillmore County has at least one container of medicine that is no longer wanted, needed, or has reached its date of expiration. How do you safely dispose of these excess tablets, liquids, and capsules? I am a ..... 
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Recycling 101

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Congratulations, people of Fillmore County. Thanks to hundreds of you, the Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection was a great success. If you were one of the participants that waited in line to drop off your "donations," you know there were a l ..... 
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2010 American Society of Landscape Architects-Minnesota Chapter Design Awards

Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

(ASLA-MN) congratulates the following 20010 design award recipients.

Awards were presented at the awards banquet on April 23, 2010 at

International Market Square. ASLA- Indiana Chapter acted as the jury

for the awards. For more i ..... 
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Rushford Garage Sale

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

Because of the success of our first sale, we are pleased to announce a second fundraiser garage sale in Rushford on the city wide garage sale weekend. 100 percemt of the garage sale proceeds go to the Eagles Cancer Telethon.

Our sale will be ..... 
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