back to basics

Quinn Swanson

Mike Duval and Phil Hunsicker are keynote speakers for this year's Back to Basics workshop in Pine River. Both of them work for the MN DNR's Division of Ecological and Water Resources. Phil is an Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Planner and Mike is District Manager. They're also both musicians in the band Hans Blix and the Weapons Inspectors.

Backwood Basics

Mark Schultz sounds genuinely excited as he lists the benefits of planting in containers and raised beds: "You have complete control over the soil; it's easy to water--if a container is self-watering it uses 20% of the water of a conventional garden; pest control is easier; there's no weeding or tilling; it's easier to maintain; and it's attractive. It allows anyone with a level surface and sun to have a garden--urban gardener, patio, driveway, sidewalk, even a rooftop!"

Kathy Connell remembers the first seeds she ever planted. It was a handful of corn intended as feed for pigeons. "I fell in love with the magic," she says. "I felt like Jack and the Beanstalk. I could not believe that that a corn seed I had put in the ground became an 8' tall green plant. It started something that has never failed to enthrall me with the miracle of it; that a seed--a tiny lettuce seed--becomes a head of lettuce."

Raising Chickens

Jan 25, 2017
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The Stromberg family of Pine River, Minnesota, has been in the bird business since 1921. Laura and Eric Stromberg will lead a workshop on "The Basics of Keeping Chickens" at the Back to Basics workshop in the Pine River/Backus School on Feb. 11. Laura and Eric talked with Morningshow hosts Brett Carter and Katie Carter about the workshop and the fun of raising chickens. 

Hear the interview by clicking the link below.

 

See the website for more information.

http://www.strombergschickens.com/