Soil and water

Farm, garden and outdoor calendar published on November 5, 2022

Nov. 5 – Farm Transfer Planning Mini-Workshop: Dec. 3, 8-11:30 a.m., Willmar Education and Arts Center Rehearsal Room, Willmar. For ages 25 and up, $75 per farm owner, with instructors Samantha Nelson, David Nelson and Mark Santelman. Join Willmar Community Education at

. The workshop is for current farm owners who are preparing to embark on the farm transfer process. It focuses on clarifying your personal goals to ensure a healthy legacy for your farm, and you will walk away with a clearly defined legacy statement, goals for the future of your farm, and a list of priority tasks for you. guide you through the next steps in your farm transfer process. Instructors will guide a farm transfer planning experience for farm owners three to five years from retirement to fairly, legally and safely transfer their inheritance and assets to the next generation. This workshop can be followed by personal meetings with the facilitation team as well as a longer and more in-depth weekend workshop in March 2023.

Soil Stewardship Summit 2022: Dec. 15-16, St. Cloud, $125 for farmers, $180 after Nov. 30. The Kandiyohi Soil and Water Conservation District is offering two scholarships of 50% of the registration fee for farmers in Kandiyohi County; first come, first served. Cultivating soil productivity and health emphasizes proven farmer experience and applied science. Straight from the fields, learn how heavier, colder soils aren’t necessarily the challenge they’re supposed to be. Hear from long-time farmers who practice no-till, reduced tillage and cover crops as they share their experiences, so you can spare yourself the same hard-learned lessons. Additional topics will include controlled traffic management, Kernza production, greenery planting, insect management, planter settings, agricultural economics, and more. There will be presentations and Q&As with researchers, farmers and agricultural advisors, information from sponsors and conversations with farmers experienced in different soil health practices with opportunities to interact with growers and experienced researchers. Breakout sessions feature presentations from researchers and practitioners. Round tables allow you to ask questions to practitioners and specialists and panels of farmers and agronomists will share their practical experiences. Those who attend the entire conference will be offered Certified Crop Advisor continuing education units for a fee.

Rental of agricultural land: tariffs represent the highest input cost for the farmer. It is always difficult to determine a fair tenancy agreement. In-person sessions and webinars will take place this year. Attendees will receive several informative worksheets and fact sheets that will help determine what a fair farmland rental rate is in 2023. Scheduled appointments for this area are:

* Alexandria: November 15, 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., Douglas County Public Works

* Olivia: November 16, 9:30 a.m., County Government Center, rooms 116 and 117

* Willmar: Nov. 16, 1:30 p.m., Downtown Research and Outreach Center

* Hutchinson: Nov. 29, 1:30 p.m., McLeod County Extension Office

* Litchfield: December 7, 9:30 a.m., Meeker County Fairgrounds, Extension Office

* Willmar: Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m., Downtown Research and Outreach Center

* Willmar Webinar: January 12, 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., Zoom presentation

* Hutchinson webinar: January 26, 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., Zoom presentation

More information including venue addresses and additional dates available at


Propagate the Plants: Thursday, Dec. 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Jefferson Learning Center. For ages 16 and up with instructor Pam Vruwink at a cost of $10 per session. Join Willmar Community Education. Do you want to expand your indoor plant collection? Create new plants from existing plants. In this hands-on course, we will propagate plants (without seeds) by taking fresh cuttings from houseplants and cuttings from plants with established root growth. Course fees include plant cuttings, growing medium and containers. The December 1 class will be with Monstera Adansoii, aka “Swiss Cheese Vine.”

Sibley State Park: A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and is available online. Sibley State Park is west of New London, just off US Highway 71. For more information, visit the State Department of Natural Resources website at


* Park Closed: Nov 26-27, the park is closed to the public due to muzzleloader deer hunting.

* Owl dumplings: Nov. 5, 11 a.m. to noon; Nov. 19, 1 to 2 p.m.; Nov. 25, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; December 17, 11 a.m. to noon; at the Interpretation Center. Do you know what an owl’s favorite food is? Find out by exploring the clues they leave behind in their pellets.

* Scats and Traces: November 5, 2-3 p.m. at the Mount Tom Observation Deck. Stop by the interpreters’ table to learn about the droppings and tracks of resident wildlife and how to identify them.

* Storytelling quiz: Nov. 12, 1 to 2 p.m., at the Interpretation Centre. There are so many myths about nature. Can you tell fact from fiction? Come and test your knowledge in a quiz; play individually or as a team. The game is for entertainment, not for competition. No registration is required.

* Prairie Hunters: Nov. 19, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Interpretation Centre. The life of a wild coyote can be difficult. Try your luck at being a coyote as we play a fun game and explore what affects a coyote’s survival. Intended for ages 6 to 10, but all are welcome to participate.

* Fall morning hike: Nov. 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Interpretation Centre. Hike the Pondview Interpretive Trail, a 0.7 mile loop with a maximum grade of 7% over 190 feet. Wear clothing suitable for the weather.

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center: The Spicer Rural Center trails can be used during the day at no charge. A bathroom with composting toilet is open by the pavilion. Pets must be kept on a leash. All equipment rentals (thick tire bikes, kayaks, canoes) will be by reservation, made at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve equipment for the weekend, please call before Friday noon. Equipment rental for two hours is $20 for adults, $10 for members and $5 for all youth. Call



* Pioneer Crafts: Nov. 8, 4-5:30 p.m., Grades 1-5, $8, pre-registration required. Dress up as a pioneer and do several different jobs. Learn which crafts would be done for fun (corn husk dolls, jigsaws) and which would be done out of necessity (dipping candles, sewing) and take home what you do. Meet at the pioneer cabin on the farm site.

* Story time at the pioneer cabin: November 17, 4 to 5:15 p.m., kindergarten to grade 3, $6.50, parent or guardian free, prior registration required. Dress up as a pioneer and hear a story about the Ingalls family and pioneer life, listen to a book, and do an activity Laura did.