Organic Pest Control

Theresa Rooney Hennepin County Master Gardener Mother Nature has a mind of her own…as do the insects and animals, especially when it comes to our own backyard. In general, using a more natural option to control pests lasts longer and only affects the targeted insect or animal. Using stronger chemicals …

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Living the Simple Life III

Ellen Telander Winsted Organics Farm I call this year “I’m so glad I own a farm” year. We’ve all noticed the price increases of food and gas. I’ve been asking other farmers to learn the scoop. My buddy, Steve Nowak, an organic farmer that grows wheat and barley, says it’s …

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Eating Green to $ave Green

Melinda Feucht Do It Green! Minnesota As food costs soar and people become more conscious about their food decisions, it’s time to rethink the way we shop for food. Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, advises, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” This …

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Bartering Services Taking Off in Twin Cities

Harvey Meyer Community Barter Network Bartering? I thought that was something people did in the old days. You know, like, “I’ll trade you this sack of potatoes if you help me put up a fence.” Or something like that. But I’ve been pleasantly surprised to discover bartering – primarily, exchanging …

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