City of Red Wing

Two Upcoming Earth Month Events: "Seed Swap" and "Rain Barrel Building Presentation"

Thursday, April 19 2012 12:00 AM

Tuesday, April 24th – 7:00 pm – Riverbend Market Cooperative

“Your Organic Garden” Master Gardner/Organic Gardening Event and Seed Swap

Earth Month is a great time to put away your mittens and to take out your green thumb! Everybody is invited learn about organic gardening and to join in a SEED SWAP at 7-8:30pm on Tuesday, April 24th at Riverbend Coop.  The Red Wing Community Gardens are sponsoring a free program called: “YOUR ORGANIC GARDEN.” Master Gardener, Nancy Lizette Berlin will present an interesting and entertaining overview of the art and science of organic gardening for gardeners at all levels. The evening will also include a SEED SWAP where people can trade a portion of their seed packets along with their success stories. SEED SWAPS are really quite magical because where else can you turn some extra zucchini seeds into carrots or even pumpkins? Finally, to round out the program, Dave Lewis from Sargent’s Nursery will present a program about new organic gardening products that are safer and friendlier to the environment. Dave did a similar program last year and the audience was amazed at how many good products and ideas are out there for the garden.  Please plan to attend this Earth Week showcase of local gardening information and talent. There is a lot to share and everybody is welcome for free.

Saturday April 28th – 1:00 pm – Environmental Learning Center

Family Rain Barrel Building Presentation

Rain Barrels are like piggy banks; but instead of saving for a rainy day, you end up saving from a rainy day! By recycling rain water you save the energy from pumping and the chemicals for treating drinking water that otherwise flows from your tap onto your garden or lawn. Rain barrels make a great environmental statement about caring for clean water and you can make your own.The Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) is sponsoring a rain barrel workshop at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) on April 28th at 1pm. Join Paul Drotos and CRWP staff to assemble the white (can be painted or designed) 40 gallon polyethylene rain barrels which will include a spigot and a necessary mosquito screen. The charge is $40.00 per barrel which is quite reasonable if you have ever priced the commercial models. This is a family friendly workshop and all tools and materials will be provided. Earth Day smiles are optional but seem to attach themselves to those who complete every rain barrel. Please call Leslie to register for the workshop at the CRWP (507) 786-3915 or send her an e-mail at

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