New Minnesota Grown Directory available

ST. PAUL — The new Minnesota Grown Directory highlighting products and services available directly from Minnesota farmers and farmers markets is now available.

This year’s publication features 1,023 members in all areas of the state.

The Minnesota Grown Directory is searchable by region, farm name, or product. It includes locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, dairy items, wineries, nurseries, Christmas trees, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operations, and more.

Readers can search by new product categories, including on-farm dinners and tastings, hemp, microgreens, pick-your-own farm opportunities, certified organic farms and Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certified farms.

For a free, printed copy of the Minnesota Grown Directory, visit the Minnesota Grown website,, or call 888-TOURISM.

Nominations for Iowa farm environmental awards being taken

DES MOINES — Nominations for the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award are being taken now.

Farmers who voluntarily take actions, like planting cover crops or installing conservation infrastructure in their fields, are eligible for the award.

Nominees should have made environmental stewardship a priority on their farm and incorporated best management practices into their operation.

Nominations are due by June 15. A committee representing conservation and agricultural groups will select the winners. Recipients will be recognized on Aug. 14 at the Iowa State Fair.

The nomination form is available at

Grazing field day is May 4

LA CRESCENT, Minn. — Spring pasture productivity, plant identification and improvements to herd health will be the focus of a special grazing field day May 4 at Enchanted Meadows Organic Farm near La Crescent.

This spring pasture walk will be guided by dairy graziers Art and Jean Thicke and Melissa and Chad Crowley. The Thickes have rotationally grazed dairy cows on pasture for more than 30 years. Since the 1980s, they have managed their farm without fertilizer, pesticides or tillage, instead relying on strategic rest periods in their perennial pastures to improve forage production, water infiltration, and the biological activity in their soils.

The field day will be from 1-3:30 a.m. and is free. A lunch will available and a free will offering will be accepted. The farm is at 32979 Pier Ridge Road, northwest of La Crescent and southeast of Nodine, just off Apple Blossom Drive. Look for Land Stewardship Project signs.

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