Rising Stars Blog

blender bike pop Woodbury and Plymouth Counties: 2019 Power of Produce Recap
October, 1, 2019

In the Summer of 2019 Woodbury County and Plymouth County introduced a new free kids program: Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) at the Sioux City, Moville and Akron Farmers Markets

produce rack Time for a Garden Wrap-Up!
September, 27, 2019

The first predictions of an early frost are on the horizon which means the donation gardens are winding down for the year!

dawn henderson Henderson New Extension Horticulture Program Coordinator
September, 26, 2019

Dawn Henderson has been hired as the new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture program coordinator for Lyon, Osceola, Sioux and O’Brien counties.

kids in school garden The Importance of School Gardens
September, 26, 2019

School gardens aren’t a new concept. In fact, they have been around since World War I. For decades school gardens have provided a place for children to become problem solvers, open their minds to creative possibilities that nature can provide them, and even improve test scores. They are a wonderful addition to schools of any size located in any climate.

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.