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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Nontimber forest products in Minnesota: Two webinar recordings

This post has links to two recorded webinars about nontimber forest products in Minnesota.  The presenter is David Wilsey of the University of Minnesota Extension. Part 1, May 2010: Nontimber forest products in Minnesota Watch the recording of Part 1 now After watching, please fill in the quick part 1 evaluation form. Content of Part 1: Dave Wilsey, University of […]

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Minnesota maple blog series: our final post

Alas, the end of the 2011 Maple Syrup season is fast upon us; another year of hard work and great fun has run its course, only to transition into new activities and events such as Birch tapping and early spring wild edibles such as leeks and fiddlehead ferns. The end of the season brings an end to this series and […]

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2011 Maple blogpost: Value added products and updates

Value added products: Before we catch up with our producers, let’s think about the variety of products derived from maple sap and how today’s producers are developing a niche through value-added products. Historically, almost all of the maple syrup produced on small farms was converted into maple sugar.   Maple sugar was much easier to transport and store.  It was also […]

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Minnesota maple blog series: Fuel systems and updates from week of March 28

Fueling a sugarbush operation In the weeks leading up to the sugar season I found myself in the midst of several discussions about the type of fuel that “should be” used for sugarmaking. One individual suggested that ALL sugarmakers should be converting their operations to newer, more efficient natural gas evaporators. Another person suggested that wood-fired operations are preferable as […]

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Minnesota maple blog series: Timber Sweet

Roots are in the woods Ralph Fideldy will tell you up front that his best boyhood memories were created during the maple syrup season, working with his father in the sugarbush in the 1960’s.   Being in the woods, watching winter turn to spring, strongly impacted his life and Ralph claims that those experiences are when “maple got into his blood”. […]

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