2014 Calendar by Month
Greetings all! We now have our calendar planned out for 2014. There are classes and workshops for everyone! We are working on adding details and registration links for all of the following courses and we will post a PDF of our Course Catalog which you can download. We look forward to having you join us in 2014!
8-10 We’ll be at the Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism & Organics Conference!
18 Beekeeping Fundamentals I
25 Landscape Fabric Art
25 We’ll be at the Frozen River Film Festival in Winona, MN!
30-Feb 2 Permaculture Short Course: Designing & Redesigning the City
6-9 Permaculture Advanced Teaching Session 1 of 3
19-23 Permaculture Advanced Design Session 1 of 2
27-Mar 1 We’ll be at the MOSES conference!
2013-11-16 Today we planted millions and millions of seeds! These seeds are part of the restoration of prairie/savanna at Kinstone. We began a couple of years ago by planting over 90 oak trees (mostly Bur Oak, but over 8 varieties represented). Now we have put down prairie seeds and will soon be seeing big bluestem, cream gentians, penstemon, purple coneflower, switchgrass and dozens of other species gracing the slopes of the Kinstone landscape. The process of planting is simple, but time intensive. We chose to broadcast seeds manually onto the existing vegetation that was mown very short. We have been told that prairie takes better if we kill or till the existing vegetation and get to bare ground. However, we chose not to apply herbicides and the slopes are quite steep and not conducive to tilling without great erosion possibilities. So, we spread the seeds and look to the snow to push the seeds to the earth where they will take root. We look forward to seeing what germinates next spring. It will be years before this prairie is fully established… but this is the beginning.