Local Food

David Abazs

Adopting a 100% local diet would have a huge economic impact--almost $1 billion--in the western Lake Superior region. It would also add thousands of jobs. That's the message of David Abazs, researcher, farmer and keynote speaker at the 9th Annual Iron Range Earth Fest.

Tracey Srock

The snow is melting! All of this exposed ground inspires visions of gardens in the minds of many northern Minnesotans.   Tracey Srock of Deerwood is a master gardener who doesn't let the season of winter interfere with her garden crop production.   She's been growing lettuce all winter, indoors!

When David and Janet Gilbertson moved to their farm in 2002, Janet told her husband she'd like to grow some apple trees...so David planted 400 of them! Since then the Gilbertsons have been adding trees every year at what has become Gilby's Nursery and Orchard in Aitkin.

David Gilbertson talks about apple trees with knowledge and enthusiasm. He said it was a good winter for apple trees, and right now is the time to prune them. He recommends a 6-step pruning process:

Jesse Davis

There is no "off season" for farmers. That's the verdict from garlic grower and farm market advocate Jesse Davis. Jesse and his husband Warren planted over 30,000 garlic cloves last fall at their farm, Trout Lake Garlic. That's less than the 50,000 they had planned, but with last fall's rain and humidity some of the seed they were hoping to grow rotted. This winter there was record warm weather in January, and more freeze-thaw cycles are predicted.

Close to Home: Build Your Own Solar Greenhouse

Mar 3, 2017
Grant Frashier

Most Minnesota gardeners would like to expand their growing season.  Timberjay Newspaper publisher Marshall Helmberger has found a way and recently led a class titled Build Your Own Solar Greenhouse in Virginia.   Close to Home host Grant Frashier was there and talked with Marshall.

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