Selecting fruit and nut producing plants for your landscape

There are many benefits to planting trees and shrubs in your landscape. Trees take in carbon dioxide and expel oxygen in a harmonious relationship with breathing animals and humans. “One acre of forest absorbs 6 tons of carbon dioxide and produces 4 tons of oxygen. Enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.” (USDA) Trees improve soil and water […]

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Firewood: Your Questions Answered

By Adam Flett and Mike Reichenbach Firewood is used for home heating, camping, cooking or enjoyment throughout the year. Whether you cut, split and stack the wood yourself or buy wood, this article and the accompanying fact sheet on firewood provide information that you may find useful. For example, do you know: How much firewood is in a cord? The […]

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Summer is the season of birch bark

by Julie Miedtke As the sun reaches its apex over the northern hemisphere, our northern forest is exploding with life. For many people, it is a special season and they head out to the woods to harvest bark. Birch bark, or wiigwaas, is a ‘keystone’ species by the Anishinaabe (Ojibwa or Chippewa), and by most cultures across the native range […]

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Morel mushrooms

The morel mushroom (also called yellow morels or sponge mushrooms) is known around the world but is most prevalent in the northern hemisphere. In North America it is found from Texas to Alaska, in each state. I have great childhood memories of going down to the creek on my grandparents farm and hunting for morels with my cousins. I think […]

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Fiddleheads from the ostrich fern

The beautiful ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) is found in Minnesota’s eastern broadleaf and Laurentian mixed forest provinces. Within these forests, ostrich fern is found on moist shaded areas growing under silver or red maples, ash and other tree species. The ostrich fern fiddlehead in some areas of the United States may be found in farmers markets. Correct identification is important. […]

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It’s maple syrup season!

It is generally agreed that Minnesota’s maples are an “untapped” resource. Check out the maple syrup fact sheet reproduced from the Minnesota Harvester Handbook. This fact sheet includes information on how to harvest maple sap, the tools needed, and how to store, prepare, and process the sap. Home producers of small quantities of maple syrup can maintain the quality of […]

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Non-timber forest products Fall 2014 Webinar Series

Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) refers to products other than timber that are harvested from woodlands. NTFPs include plants, parts of plants, fungi, moss, lichen, herbs, vines, shrubs, parts of trees, and other biological material that are either personally used or sold for their commercial value. We eat NTFPs and use them for medicine. We also use them to make decorations […]

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Maple Syrup and Drought

Around this time of year, questions begin surfacing in some people’s minds about the expected conditions for maple tapping and for syrup production. Particularly in the last year or so, drought-like conditions have been an area of concern. This post specifically addresses concerns related to tapping maple trees that have been subject to drought, or drought-like conditions. Thank you! to […]

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Holiday DIY! It’s Not Too Late

Holiday 2011…Demand is high for holiday decorations in the home, for host/hostess gifts at holiday parties, for gifts for family and friends, and for fun activities to do with kids. Why buy? Why load up with paper, plastic, and foam stuff from Michael’s? In Minnesota, the best holiday decorations are made by hand from resources common to the region. Think about […]

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Natural Resource Enterprise Workshop

A workshop for people interested in income opportunities from the northwoods. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm 15 September 2011 (PDF Flyer) North Central Research and Outreach Center, 1861 East Highway 169, Grand Rapids, MN COST: $15 Includes workshop, lunch, and take-home resources Don’t forget: Goods From the Woods will be held September 17, also in Grand Rapids Presenters* Don Hermes, […]

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