Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Poweshiek County

EMERALD ASH BORER CONFIRMED IN POWESHIEK COUNTY, IOWA
Twenty-five counties in Iowa have confirmed infestations

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A new detection of an invasive pest has been positively identified after a larva sample was collected from a city-owned tree in Grinnell on June 16, 2015. This brings the total of confirmed infested counties to twenty-five since emerald ash borer (EAB) was first discovered in Iowa in 2010. This small, metallic-green beetle native to Asia kills ash tree species.

“This finding marks the seventh county in 2015 where EAB has been detected said Mike Kintner, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship EAB and gypsy moth coordinator. “As the summer wears on and people are more observant of their ash trees, it is inevitable that more counties will be added to the list.”

The City of Grinnell Public Services has been proactively planning for the arrival of EAB, prioritizing the removal of ash trees in poorest condition first. Along with removing declining ash trees, the city will be incorporating replacement trees and preventative treatment for select trees. City of Grinnell has approximately 400 city-owned ash trees.

A statewide quarantine, issued in February 2014, remains in place, restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states.

The Iowa EAB Team provides EAB diagnostic assistance to landowners and includes officials from Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the USDA Forest Service.

The Iowa EAB Team strongly cautions Iowans not to transport firewood across county or state lines, since the movement of firewood throughout Iowa or to other states poses the greatest threat to quickly spread EAB and other plant pests. Most EAB infestations in the United States have
been started by people unknowingly moving infested firewood, nursery plants or sawmill logs. The adult beetle also can fly short distances, approximately 2 to 5 miles.

At this calendar date, the treatment window for soil-applied preventive treatment measures (soil injection, or soil drench, or granular application) has ended. Basal trunk sprays with dinotefuran can be applied until mid-June and are most effective for trees less than 18” dbh – the diameter of the tree’s trunk at breast height, 4 ½ feet above the ground. Trunk injection remains a viable EAB management option, as this method can be done when the tree has a full canopy of leaves (now through August), provided there is good ground moisture. If a landowner is interested in protecting a valuable and healthy ash tree within 15 miles of a known infestation, he or she should have landscape and tree service companies bid on work, review the bids, and treat during the recommended treatment time.

Please contact Iowa EAB Team members to have suspicious looking trees checked in counties not currently known to be infested. The State of Iowa will continue to track the movement of EAB on a county-by-county basis. Before a county can be officially recognized as infested, proof of a reproducing population is needed and an EAB must be collected and verified by USDA entomologists.

To learn more about EAB and other pests that are threatening Iowa’s tree population, please visit www.IowaTreePests.com. Please contact any of the following members of the Iowa EAB Team for further information:
? Mike Kintner, IDALS EAB coordinator, 515-745-2877, Mike.Kintner@IowaAgriculture.gov
? Robin Pruisner, IDALS state entomologist, 515-725-1470, Robin.Pruisner@IowaAgriculture.gov
? Paul Tauke, DNR state forester, 515-725-8450, Paul.Tauke@dnr.iowa.gov
? Tivon Feeley, DNR Forest Health Coordinator, 515-725-8453, Tivon.feeley@dnr.iowa.gov
? Emma Hanigan, DNR urban forestry coordinator, 515-725-8454, Emma.Hanigan@dnr.iowa.gov
? Jesse Randall, ISU Extension and Outreach forester, 515-294-1168, Randallj@iastate.edu
? Mark Shour, ISU Extension and Outreach entomologist, 515-294-5963, mshour@iastate.edu
? Laura Jesse, ISU Extension and Outreach entomologist, ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic, 515-294-0581, ljesse@iastate.edu
? Donald Lewis, ISU Extension and Outreach entomologist, 515-294-1101, drlewis@iastate.edu.
? Jeff Iles, ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturist, 515-294-3718, iles@iastate.edu

3rd Annual Little Bear Creek Cleanup

Imagine Grinnell is looking for volunteers to participate in the Third Annual Little Bear Creek Cleanup.

The cleanup will be on Saturday, April 11 from 9 AM-11 AM. Check-in will be located at the Summer Street Park pavilion. Click here to RSVP to volunteer.

 

Here’s what you need to know:

Be prepared to get dirty! Depending on water level in the creek, you may want to bring waders or boots if you have them. Wear old clothes and tennis shoes to climb in and out of the creek and/or walk in the woods. Other items you may want are sunscreen bug repellent, gardening gloves or rubber cleaning gloves.

Garbage bags, latex gloves, bottled water, and first aid will be available. If you have refillable water bottles, feel free to bring those! A few shovels will be available to dig out tires and other large debris, but if you have other tools and shovels, feel free to label and bring them. Also, bring along buckets if you have them because garbage bags tend to get caught on tree branches and tear.

View the event poster here: LBC Cleanup 2015 Flyer

Renew Your Membership for 2015

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We can’t Imagine Grinnell without you! Imagine Grinnell sincerely thanks you for your past support and all that you have allowed Imagine Grinnell to accomplish in our community. By supporting Imagine Grinnell, you ensure a future filled with accomplishments that keep our community green, playing, and growing.

This year, Imagine Grinnell is taking on a number of new projects, including:

  • Establishing a composting site
  • Promoting green schools
  • Starting a plastic bag campaign
  • Installing trail lighting and signs
  • Improving sidewalks
  • Adding water fountains on trails
  • Creating a youth garden at Summer Street Park
  • Building monarch butterfly way stations

Join us this year by renewing your membership here, or find out how easy it is to donate here. We appreciate your support!

Spread the Holiday Cheer with Imagine Grinnell!

Holiday Giving

This winter, spread the holiday cheer by giving a gift that can benefit all of our community members: an Imagine Grinnell membership or donation. Imagine Grinnell’s programs impact everyone from children to adults.

By becoming a member, you can become an integral part of the Imagine Grinnell team by writing grants that support community programs and services, providing programming for recreation, environmental improvements, and energy conservation, supporting new initiatives that improve the quality of life in Grinnell, promoting a healthy environment, complement economic development efforts in our community, and participating in events and volunteer opportunities.

Donations of any size also play a critical role in ensuring Imagine Grinnell can continue to provide our services and programs. By donating to Imagine Grinnell, you are giving a gift that will not only benefit our current community, but will also benefit the next generation of our community.

Becoming a member and donating is easy to do! Just visit our membership and donation page on our website! Thank you for your support, and we hope you have a very happy holiday.

Volunteers Needed to Build Summer Street Park

Summer Street Park

Imagine Grinnell is currently building a natural playscape in Summer Street Park.

Imagine Grinnell is asking the community to help us build this park, located at the intersection of 3rd Avenue & Summer Street.  We are asking volunteers with many different levels of abilities to come out and volunteer 3 hours on Sunday, October 26th 1 pm-4 pm.

We will be working on

1)      Playhouse

  1. Install the roof
  2. Clean up the area

2)      Move soil around bridge

3)      Trim Trees and vegetation around the play features

Please contact Sarah Smith at info@imaginegrinnell.org or call 641-236-5518 ext 223 if you have any questions.

Imagine Grinnell Seed Library is Open

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Imagine Grinnell Seed Library is open and housed at the Drake Community Library.

People are able to check out seeds for both vegetables and native plants from the library free of charge. No seed saving experience is required, and people will not be expected to return seeds to the library. However, approved seed savers may help support the library by saving seeds.

In the future, Imagine Grinnell plans on hosting seed saving workshops to teach the basic principles of seed saving and providing instructional seed saving materials.

Imagine Grinnell hopes that the seed saving library will aid the preservation of the genetic diversity of seeds and also encourage people to plant both native plants and vegetables.

Contact imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net if you have any questions or wish to donate seeds.

 

Seed Saving Inventory as of June 4th includes:

 

Type Variety Harvested By Drawer
Pea Green Arrow Seed   Savers Exchange 1
Pea Tom   Thumb Seed   Savers Exchange 1
Pea Amish   Snap Seed   Savers Exchange 1
Pea Golden   Sweet Seed   Savers Exchange 1
Bean Rattlesnake   Snap Seed   Savers Exchange 2
Bean Purple   Podded Pole Seed   Savers Exchange 2
Bean Tiger’s   Eye Jordan   Scheibel 2
Bean Royal   Purple Podded Seed   Savers Exchange 2
Bean Pencil   Pod Golden Wax Bean Seed   Savers Exchange 3
Bean Tiger’s   Eye Seed   Savers Exchange 3
Bean Hidatsa   Shield Figure Bean Seed   Savers Exchange 3
Bean Sultan’s   Golden Crescent Seed   Savers Exchange 3
Lettuce Merveille   Des Quatre Saisons Seed   Savers Exchange 4
Lettuce Heirloom   Lettuce Mixture Seed   Savers Exchange 4
Lettuce Amish   Deer Tongue Seed   Savers Exchange 4
Lettuce Crisp   Mint Seed   Savers Exchange 4
Lettuce Rossa   Di Trento Seed   Savers Exchange 5
Lettuce Slobolt Seed   Savers Exchange 5
Lettuce Rossimo Seed   Savers Exchange 5
Lettuce Forellenschluss Seed   Savers Exchange 5
Spinach Monstruew   De Viroflay Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. 6
Spinach Bloomsdale Seed   Savers Exchange 6
Spinach American Seed   Savers Exchange 6
Spinach New   Zealand Seed   Savers Exchange 6
Swiss   Chard Fordhook   Giant Seed   Savers Exchange 6
Turnip Purple   Top White Globe Seed   Savers Exchange 7
Okra Star   of David Seed   Savers Exchange 7
Okra Red   Burgundy Seed   Savers Exchange 7
Turnip Golden   Globe Seed   Savers Exchange 7
Beet Chioggia Seed   Savers Exchange 7
Cucumber Longfellow Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Cucumber Russian   Pickling Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Cucumber Poona   Kheera Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Cucumber Japanese   Climbing Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Cucumber Armenian Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Cucumber Mexican   Sour Gherkin Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Cucumber Boothby’s   Blonde Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Cucumber Parisian   Pickling Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Cucumber Crystal   Apple Seed   Savers Exchange 8
Gourd Striped   Pear Seed   Savers Exchange 9
Gourd Ten   Commandments Seed   Savers Exchange 9
Gourd Spinning Seed   Savers Exchange 9
Gourd Birdhouse Seed   Savers Exchange 9
Gourd Bule Seed   Savers Exchange 9
Type Variety Harvested   By Drawer
Gourd Chinese   Miniature Seed   Savers Exchange 9
Squash Summer   Crookneck Seed   Savers Exchange 10
Squash Tours Seed   Savers Exchange 10
Squash Strawberry   Crown Seed   Savers Exchange 10
Squash Patisson   Panches Jaune et Verte Seed   Savers Exchange 10
Squash Pennsylvania   Dutch Crookneck Seed   Savers Exchange 11
Squash Boston   Marrow Seed   Savers Exchange 11
Squash Table   Queen Seed   Savers Exchange 11
Squash Golden   Hubbard Seed   Savers Exchange 11
Squash Sibley Seed   Savers Exchange 11
Squash Chirimen Seed   Savers Exchange 11
Squash Australian   Butter Seed   Savers Exchange 12
Squash Fordhook   Acorn Seed   Savers Exchange 12
Squash Table   Queen Seed   Savers Exchange 12
Squash Queensland   Blue Seed   Savers Exchange 12
Squash Turk’s   Turbin Seed   Savers Exchange 12
Melon Early   Hanover Seed   Savers Exchange 13
Melon Noir   des Carmes Seed   Savers Exchange 13
Melon Banana Seed   Savers Exchange 13
Melon Haogen Seed   Savers Exchange 13
Melon Bidwell   Casaba Seed   Savers Exchange 13
Melon Boule   d’Or Melon Seed   Savers Exchange 14
Melon Minnesota   Midget Seed   Savers Exchange 14
Melon Eden’s   Gem Seed   Savers Exchange 14
Melon Amish Seed   Savers Exchange 14
Melon Sweet   Granite Seed   Savers Exchange 14
Melon Charentais Seed   Savers Exchange 14
Watermelon Chelsea Seed   Savers Exchange 15
Watermelon Moon   & Stars Seed   Savers Exchange 15
Watermelon Moon   & Stars (Cherokee) Seed   Savers Exchange 15
Watermelon Picnic Seed   Savers Exchange 15
Watermelon Blacktail   Mountain Seed   Savers Exchange 15
Watermelon Moon   & Stars (Van Doren) Seed   Savers Exchange 15
Watermelon Sweet   Siberion Seed   Savers Exchange 16
Watermelon Petite   Yellow Seed   Savers Exchange 16
Watermelon Orangeglo Seed   Savers Exchange 16
Watermelon Mountain   Sweet Yellow Seed   Savers Exchange 16
Watermelon Red   Seeded Citron Seed   Savers Exchange 16
Herb Purple   Dark Opal Basil Seed   Savers Exchange 17
Herb Genovese   Basil Seed   Savers Exchange 17

 

 

Sustainable Living Showcase

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Imagine Grinnell will host its first Sustainable Living Showcase at the Grinnell Farmer’s Market on Thursday, May 14th from 3-6pm.

The showcase will be an educational opportunity for people to learn about simple things they can do to live a more sustainable lifestyle in Grinnell. Vendors will share information about products and practices that minimize waste and impact, such as composting, rain gardens, local foods, alternative transportation, and energy conservation measures.

Executive Director Sarah Smith describes the showcase as an educational opportunity to learn about “the many simple things we can do to live sustainably right here in Grinnell.” Vendors will share information about products that “help us to live with minimal waste and impact,” such as composting, rain gardens, local foods, alternative transportation, energy conservation measures, and an e-waste drop off site that will be free to the public.

A booth sponsored by the Poweshiek County Soil Conservation District will demonstrate impact on watershed projects in the area. They will also be leading walking tours of urban conservation practices in place in Grinnell. Those tours will leave at 3:30pm and 5:30pm; each tour will last approximately 1 hour.

Imagine Grinnell hopes that people will take advantage of the opportunity to interact with vendors and learn about the steps they can take to reduce their impact on the environment.

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August Rain Barrels Sales End Friday, August 23, 2013

Rain Barrel

Imagine Grinnell is collaborating with the City of Grinnell and Upcycle Products to sell rain barrels again in August. The 55 gallon Upcycle rain barrels are made from re-cycled food grade barrels and are available in Black, Grey, Blue, or Terra-Cotta.  There are two other options: a 30 gallon Blue Barrel or a 54 gallon Oak Wooden Barrels with a Brass Spigot.

How to Order

Please visit Upcycle Products to order your rain barrel or barrels.  There is no limit to the number of barrels you can order.

Orders are due by Friday, August 23rd and items will be available for pickup on Thursday, August 29th from noon to 1pm in the Ahrens Park Parking Lot. 1510 Penrose St Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Paid receipt is required to verify purchase information.

Questions can be directed to Sarah Smith, Executive Director of Imagine Grinnell at 641-236-5518 ext 223 (imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net) or UpCycle Products at 815-735-9583.

What is a Rain Barrel?

A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams.

What are the Advantages of a Rain Barrel?

It Saves You Money

A rain barrel will save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves you money and energy (decreased demand for treated tap water).

Helps Reduce Stormwater Pollution

Rainwater stored in rain barrels helps reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and the amount of pollutants that are picked up and carried to storm sewers, creeks and rivers.

Conserves Water Supply Resources

Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer. Rainwater used from rain barrels helps reduce the amount of water used from underground aquifers.

Better for Plants and Gardens

Rainwater stored in rain barrels is a naturally soft water and devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals.  For this reason, plants respond very well to rainwater.  After all, it’s what plants in the wild thrive on!

Helps Inform Your Neighbors

One of the best reasons to start harvesting rainwater with rain barrels is to teach and encourage others to do the same,  You will help to spread the culture of rainwater collection and in turn, help your larger community and the environment.