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Seed Savers hosts Bird & Wildflower Walks


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

Seed Savers Exchange will offer "Bird and Wildflower Walks" -- along with a scrumptious Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning, May 1, at Heritage Farm.

Come celebrate spring as you take in nature's finest. The fun begins at 8 a.m. with the first of four bird & wildflower walks. Guided hikes will be available at 8, 9, 10, and 11 a.m. The pancake breakfast, served with locally produced Green's Sugarbush maple syrup, will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. It's all happening at Seed Savers' Lillian Goldman Visitors Center, 3074 North Winn Road, Decorah. There is no charge; however, a freewill donation will be accepted to help defray expenses.

Bird experts Dennis Carter, retired naturalist with the National Park Service, and Larry Reis, naturalist for Winneshiek County Conservation, will lead the bird & wildflower walks from the visitors center, so bring your binoculars, bird books and comfortable walking shoes and plan on being amazed. Dennis has spotted 119 species in his eight years of birding at Heritage Farm. Carter and Reis will talk about bird habitat, whether or not the birds you spot are nesting or migratory, and more.

Some of the wildflowers you can expect to see include Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria), wild ginger, bloodroot, hepatica, bluebells, violets, several different anemones, and more. Events and Education Manager at Seed Savers Exchange, Shirley Vermace suggests that you "grab your comfortable walking shoes and favorite wildflower and bird books and join us in this ritual of spring as we wander the woods and prairies of Heritage Farm." She urges participants to wear long pants and scarves or hats.

Visitors may also see our demonstration gardens coming to life; our newborn and "mama" Ancient White Park cattle, and young heritage poultry including the White Laced Black Polish chicken, the Sicilian Buttercup chicken, the Chinese goose, the Cayuga duck, the Blue Jersey Giant chicken and the Narragansett turkey. Seeds, transplants, seed potatoes and garden items -- including bird and wildflower books -- will be available at the visitors center. Larry Reis's new book, Noting Nature, will also be available for sale and can be signed by the author that day.

Getting to Heritage Farm

Heritage Farm is located 6.5 miles north of Decorah, IA at 3074 North Winn Road. From the south: from the intersection of Hwys 9 & 52, drive 5.5 miles north on Hwy 52 in Decorah and turn right on North Winn Road (watch .....
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Area fifth graders to plant trees for POET Tree effort

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

On Arbor Day, Friday, April 30, at 8:30 a.m., area fifth graders will plant trees at POET Biorefining in Preston, MN, and take seedlings for planting at home. The effort is part of POET's corporate-wide Arbor Day initiative.

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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.
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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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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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