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Play and Learn cedar rapids kids activities iowa
April 24, 2014

Play and Learn of East Central Iowa is an organized play group for young children (5 and under) and the people who take care of them. It's FREE to attend and pre-registration is not required! Bring your little one and leave the stress of mess, set-up and clean-up of activities to us!

April 24, 2014

Together with Grant Wood Elementary, the Parent Education Consortium is offering a free workshop to help parents prepare their young child for a successful K-12 experience. Workshop starts May1!

young children mini parenting class workshop lesson cedar rapids iowa
April 24, 2014

If your child is 5 or younger, we invite you to join us for these upcoming mini parenting lessons: Allowance, Money and Children; Sibling Rivalry; Tips for Busy Parents

new gardens cedar rapids iowa noelridge
April 22, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  This week Linn County Master Gardener Becki Lynch shares information about a new parks project underway that will be unfolding throughout 2014 and beyond.

Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa
April 22, 2014

Johnson County Extension will host two informational meetings concerning the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB), an exotic, destructive insect of ash trees,  which is spreading in Iowa.

Junior Camp 4-H Linn County Iowa Moniticello 2014
April 1, 2014

If you are a 4-H'er in 4th, 5th or 6th grade, come and join us for a fun filled weekend at Junior Camp, June 6-8 at Pictured Rocks in Monticello! Registration due by April 28th.

Creative Gardening Series free lectures cedar rapids iowa
March 20, 2014

Three FREE lectures will be presented by ISU Extension and Outreach Linn County Master Gardeners: March 27, April 3 and April 10 at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. 

plant marker piece of blind upcycled
February 20, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Linn County Master Gardener Judy Stevens shares some ideas for repurposing items for gardening this spring that you might otherwise toss in the recycle bin.

How to provide food for birds Iowa
February 20, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slattery explains how we can enjoy birds all winter long by providing them shelter, water and food.

Master Gardener Jackie MacLaren
February 20, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Linn County Master Gardener Jackie MacLaren shares some great ideas for beating the winter blahs with highlights of upcoming classes and events.

local food producer training cedar rapids iowa marketing
February 13, 2014

This two-day training program is based around best business practices identified by buyers in these markets that are actively seeking local suppliers and will help farm vendors selling dairy, fruits, meats and vegetables design a business strategy to succeed. It will be offered in Linn County February 20 and March 6.  Registration is required.

amaryllis care repotting dormant cycle bloom
January 30, 2014

The Linn County Extension Hortline has had several calls this past week asking about how to save and care for amaryllis bulbs. those beautiful showy holiday favorites. It can be done but the key to repeat blooms is proper care. Master Gardener Lisa Slatter provides some great tips!

January 23, 2014

January is an unlikely time to give much thought to bees, but they'll be back in a few short months and honey bee numbers are declining.  ISU Extension Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slattery tells us how we can reduce our use of pesticides this growing season and help protect our pollinators. 

how to order the right seeds
January 23, 2014

Seed catalogs for 2014 are arriving in the mail. It's easy to over-order seeds and plants from the pretty pictures and claims of 'easy to grow'. What things should be considered before placing any seed order? ISU Extension Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slattery shares some tips.

Parent Education Consortium
January 9, 2014

Our Parent Education Consortium is only the thirty-fourth Iowa program to earn this honored distinction! We invite you to celebrate with us and learn more about this program on January 28th.

houseplant care questions answers
January 9, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  This week Linn County Master Gardener Judy Stevens answers some common questions about houseplant care. 

Restaurant Food safety certification course Cedar Rapids Iowa
December 31, 2013

ServSafe is a one day certification course on food safety designed for restaurants and food handlers. It will be offered in Cedar Rapids during 2014.

dairy days industry emerging issues Iowa
December 26, 2013

Iowa dairy producers will have the opportunity to hear Iowa State University Extension Specialists share information on emerging dairy industry issues at the 2014 ISU Extension Dairy Days scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between January 20 and February 6. 

December 26, 2013

Would your family like to learn how to be more ‘green’ for the new year? Do you want your children to be involved in making decisions that honor the earth, your financial resources and keep you healthy at the same time?  ISU Extension & Outreach Family Life Specialist, Kristi Cooper, has a great way that your family can do all of these things!

2013 Iowa Farmland value
December 26, 2013

Average Iowa farmland value is estimated to be $8,716 per acre, an increase of 5.1 percent from 2012, according to results of the Iowa Land Value Survey conducted in November. Values increased in 2013 for the fourth year in a row and achieved historic peaks.

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