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Growing old school: Using native planting in your home landscape design
As we expand in population and the borders of our cities edge out, we are losing our native prairie lands and plants. But some locals are choosing to plant more native plants in their home landscape designs.
“The whole idea of using natives is appealing to the majority of newer people coming into Rochester,” says Peter Carr, a landscape designer at Sargent’s Gardens. Carr says that natives are great for their variances in heights, colors and textures throughout the growing season. But not everyone is so easily convinced that natives are the way to go.
“Most people want what they know, they are afraid to try something new,” says Carr. “Even though this is as old school as it comes, to a lot of people this is a new idea and we’re just trying to go back to go back to the roots of the way we did things before we were even around.” ...More »
Reel food: Food-focused films provide plenty to chew on
It’s always interesting to consider the messages served up by films that take a look at food in America — from how we meet the needs of the hungry to the nutritional value of what we eat. Thoughtful and often eye-opening, these films have plenty to say.
 
Food for everyone at the ‘Table’
“A Place at the Table” is a recent documentary about hunger in America.
Fifty million Americans, including one in four children, aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from. Due in major part to lingering damage from the Great Recession, those numbers have not abated. “Table” puts human faces — including a single mom and two grade school kids — on cold data. And the film puts the lie to popular beliefs about the problem of “food insecurity” in a country blessed with bountiful crops. ...More »
Barrel-making is an art: A look into how wine barrels are crafted by hand
Francis Durand has been making wine vessels for more than 25 years. He traveled to Minnesota from California to showcase his skill at a barrel-making and toasting demonstration for the Minnesota Grape Growers Association. 
   Durand is master cooper for Radoux USA. Radoux is a top cooperage in the world, based in France with a California outpost. Durand himself is French and started off as an assistant cooper at the firm’s French headquarters.   
Radoux USA creates 60 barrels per day, and its parent company pushes out 250 daily. While most are shipped in August, the cooperages work on the barrels year-round because otherwise they wouldn’t be able to keep up with demand. ...More »
Taking the first steps: How to prepare for longer runs and triathalons
 
In the first-ever marathon, Greek messenger Pheidippides ran from the Battle of Marathon to Athens to proclaim the Greek victory over the Persians. According to legend, he completed his first run of 26.2 miles, gave the good news, then collapsed and died on the spot.
Whether you plan to run a full marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K race, or participate in a triathlon, the right training can help you avoid Pheidippides’ fate.
Evan Spee, manager at Running Room in Rochester, says there are ongoing classes at the store for runners no matter what distance they plan to attack. Currently, the classes for 5K races are ongoing. Classes for half or full marathons will be offered later in the summer. ...More »
Growing tall and strong: Fresh with Edge utilizes unique growing methods
It’s hard out there for a pioneer.
Not only is Fresh With Edge one of a few Minnesota companies growing plants using the burgeoning hydroponic and aquaponic methods, but it is doing so vertically and is one of only a handful of producers across the United States selling the plants live, unpicked at the farmers market.
    Chris and Lisa Lukenbill started Fresh With Edge in early 2013 hoping to contribute something toward the local, sustainable agriculture conversation.
“We wanted to find something more we could do to support local agriculture than just going to the farmers market; something where we could attempt to find or make our own market instead of trying to compete,” Chris Lukenbill says.
    Some friends knew a little about hydroponics and Chris learned enough from them to want to start researching the growing technique on his own. ...More »
2014 Healthy Living Fair: Radish hosts the fourth annual fair on June 21
Save the date! 
The Healthy Living Fair is returning to Rochester on June 21. This year’s fair will be bigger and better than ever.
The fourth annual fair will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the east side of the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market at 4th Street and 4th Avenue Southeast. Admission is free.
Sponsored by Radish and Post-Bulletin, in partnership with the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market, the fair will bring together more than 40 businesses, each with a mission that ties into healthy living. The main purpose of the event is to help people connect with these businesses. ...More »
Firefly Berries: Local farm produces berries and fosters community
 
As the weather warms, Minnesotans turn their thoughts to summer: long days, hot afternoons at the local pool, chasing fireflies at dusk, and tantalizing treats that are finally in bloom —especially strawberries that burst on your tongue in a pop of tart sweetness. And there’s no better place to find delicious berries than Firefly Berries, located just outside Rochester.
Firefly Berries is a family-run farm where families can come pick their own berries from June to October. The business is run by Dean and Tonya Sanner, who purchased it in November 2010. The Sanners discovered the farm, then called Sterling Fruit Farm, when they moved to the area from Wisconsin. When the Sterlings put it up for sale, the Sanners decided to take over.
“We love to grow things, and it’s really important that people see where food comes from,” says Tonya. ...More »
Minnesota cooking: Learning how to cook with farmers market goods
 
A new cookbook entreats Minnesotans to get out to their local farmers market and perhaps try something new, or something old in a new way.
Backed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown initiative, author Tricia Cornell has released the “Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook” (Voyageur Press, 2014)
Cornell writes for the food blog The Heavy Table and has authored a number of travel books, as well as “Eat More Vegetables: Making the Most of Your Seasonal Produce” (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2012)
The cookbook highlights the foods available at the state’s numerous farmers markets. With markets having grown from 45 in the state in 2002 to more than 160 today, it seems like there’s no time like the present to highlight the bounty Minnesotans can more easily access close to home. ...More »
Therapy horses at work: Rideability helps those with special needs

Horses can be fast and horses can be hard workers, but not every horse has the right combination of gentleness, patience and steadfastness to be a therapy horse.
At RideAbility, just south of Pine Island, they search for just the right mix of qualities in horses to serve their special needs clients. RideAbility is a non-profit that serves children and adults with special needs through horses. The organization primarily works on developing skills and abilities through horseback riding, but also provides fun, therapeutic horse-related activities. ...More »
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