Rising Stars Blog

tomatoes Heirloom Tomatoes
July, 1, 2019

Heirloom tomatoes are the hit of the summer. There are a variety of colors, shapes, and flavors of heirlooms that many like to enjoy. However, how to heirloom tomatoes get their name?

Flavors of Northwest Iowa Flavors of Northwest Iowa Summer Events 2019
May, 8, 2019

Join us for fun and flavorful events all summer long!

Percent of Increase in Amounts of Very Heavy Precipitation events from 1958 to 2012 Is Climate Change Affecting Our Growing Season?
May, 2, 2019

Climate Change is a tough topic to address with any group of individuals. However, it is something that is affecting all of us, and it is especially affecting our growing season.

Master Gardener in Garden Springing Towards the Growing Season!
March, 25, 2019

Spring is in the air and it’s time to get our hands dirty! It might feel strange to start thinking about gardening with the amount of moisture we have received this month, and the chilly mornings. However, soil temperatures in Iowa are 32 degrees or higher. Both soil and air temperatures can affect plant life and germination of seeds. If too cold or too warm they can cause problems with seed germination and plant growth. It is important to check on temperatures throughout the season to ensure that you have a successful harvest!

Pruning at Allee Research Farm A Nod to March
February, 25, 2019

March also offers us the opportunity to head outdoors on those welcomed days with above freezing temperatures and spend a little time out in the landscape. For those of you missing your backyard, March is a good time to get a little spring pruning done.

garden journal examples How to Start a Garden Journal
February, 5, 2019


Starting a garden journal may sound overwhelming, but it is the best way to get organized for the upcoming growing season.

low tunnel in garden Missing Your Garden This Winter? Look to Low Tunnels for a Season Extender!
December, 19, 2018

With snow piling up in Northwest Iowa, many of us miss the wonders of our summer gardens. However, your garden can continue well into winter, or start earlier in the spring with the use of a low tunnel!

vegetables for food demo Final Week for Region 5!
August, 7, 2018

Final week from Region 5

Finished product! Jammin’ with 4-H!
August, 6, 2018

The Rising Stars assisted Woodbury county staff with a camp where 4-H participants could make and can their own jam.

Rebecca, Ebere, Joi Tucker Hill Vineyards Farm to Fork Dinner
July, 25, 2018

The Farm to Fork Dinner was a success! Here's a little snippet of the night...