Farm, Garden and Outdoor Calendar Released April 9, 2022 – West Central Tribune

Testing pesticide applicators: April 8, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District Office in Olivia. Check the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website for testing requirements or call Ethan Dahl at 320-523-1550, ext. 101 or email him at with any questions. The website is

Respirator Fit Testing and Worker Protection Standards: April 20, 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Willmar Conference Center. Session 1 is a respirator fit test, which trains you to perform respirator fit tests for pesticide applicators or workers in agriculture or other pesticide-related jobs. All participants will receive a certificate of completion, resources and a respirator fit test guide. Class size is limited. Free respirator fit test kits ($199 value) will be given to the first 50 organizations to register. Session 2 on the worker protection standard is for anyone who works in agriculture or is otherwise interested in the standard. Session 1 is $75, Session 2 is $30, both sessions are $100 and include lunch. Pre-registration is required at

4-H Project Judges Clinic: April 23, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School in Tyler. University of Minnesota Extension Clinic for those interested in judging 4-H projects at county fairs, whether new or experienced judges. Projects are judged in conference style—a judge discusses one-on-one with 4-H members about their project and what they learned. To be a judge, you have to know how to evaluate the learning of a 4-H. The deadline for registration is April 14. Call your local extension office to register or register online at

Summer beef tour: On July 12, from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the University of Minnesota Beef Extension Team and the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association will host the tour at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus with stops at Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science, College of Veterinary Medicine and Forage Research Plots. The tour begins and ends at the Minnesota Zoo where participants will have exclusive access to the entire zoo from 4-8 p.m. Check-in opens at 6 a.m. at the zoo and buses leave at 7 a.m. Tickets are $25 per person through June 15. at After June 15, tickets are $30 online or at the door. Lunch and dinner are included. Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Joe Armstrong at

High Avenue Garden Plots: Summer plots are available in High Avenue Gardens, south of the Willmar Community Center. The plots are 10 feet by 15 feet and cost $20 each. To reserve a plot, call 320-262-5288.

Willmar Avenue Garden Plots: Summer plots are available in the gardens on Willmar Avenue, north of the bus garages. The plots are 11 feet by 16 feet and cost $20 each. To reserve a plot, call Mary at 320-212-3471.

Prairie Courtyard and Garden: The 35th season of “Prairie Yard and Garden” is now on Pioneer PBS. All shows are available for viewing online at after the original screening.

  • 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 and repeats at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 and 1 p.m. on Monday, April 18. Host Mary Holm visits Zachary Paige who has taken saving flower and vegetable seeds to a whole new level. He and other growers have developed a seed growing, harvesting and selling operation in Vergas.
  • 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 and repeats at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 and 1 p.m. on Monday, April 25. One of the most beautiful places in Duluth is Leif Erikson Park. Join the crew as they tour the park and see the 2,500 stunning roses and other plants on display.

Sibley State Park: A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and is available online. Sibley State Park is west of New London, just off US Highway 71. For more information, visit the State Department of Natural Resources website at www.dnr.

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center: Spicer Rural Center trails can be used during daylight hours at no charge. A bathroom with composting toilet is open by the pavilion. Pets must be kept on a leash. All equipment rentals (thick tire bikes, kayaks, canoes) will be by reservation, made at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve equipment for the weekend, please call before Friday noon. Equipment rental for two hours is $20 for adults, $10 for members and $5 for all youth. Call 320-354-5894.

  • Earth Day: April 23, 1 to 4:30 p.m. The theme is “Investing in Our Planet,” with events at the farm site and pavilion. Presentation of “The Lorax” puppet theater at 2 p.m., scavenger hunt, information tables, “Art of Erosion” photo exhibit by John G. White, sale of recycled outdoor equipment for which donations are the welcome, fat bikes, kayaks and canoes available for free use and more.

Prairie Sportsman: The 13th season of “Prairie Sportsman” is now on Pioneer PBS. All shows are available for viewing online at after the original screening.

  • 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 and repeats at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 11 and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Join host Bret Amundson for “Poor Man’s Lobster” as he fishes for burbot or loach, a freshwater cod known for its elongated body and lobster-like flavor, and Ken Schmitz’s paintings on old tools and wood.
  • 7:30 p.m. on Sunday April 17 and rehearsals at 12:30 p.m. on Monday April 18 and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday April 23. Join host Bret Amundson for “Brookies and Turtles” fly fishing in spring-fed streams brook trout and wood turtles in southeastern Minnesota.

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