Gravel Tour and Annual Giving Gardens Family Ride July 7

For further information, contact Kate Wiley at katherine.wiley@richmond.edu and Imagine Grinnell at imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net, 641-236-5518 or follow the event on Facebook.

On Saturday, July 7, Imagine Grinnell (IG) will combine its third annual Giving Gardens bike tour with a new offering—the first annual Grinnell Gravel Tour, a cycling option that is growing in popularity nationwide and within the community.

The bike tour is being coordinated this year by IG intern Kate Wiley, a 2016 Grinnell High School graduate. The bike tours are part of Imagine Grinnell’s mission to improve quality of life and promote a healthy environment for the Grinnell area with support from individuals, families, and businesses. Registration is free and no preregistration is required.Continue reading

I.G. Sets Priorities for 2018

This year, will you join Imagine Grinnell in making our community a better place for everyone, regardless of sex, age, race, ethnicity, and national origin, range of abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial means, education, political perspective or religious belief?

In 2017 Imagine Grinnell:

  • Founded Marvin Gardens, a private park on Marvin Ave. near Arbor Lake where anyone can come and pick their own fresh, organic food. Marvin Garden includes an apple orchard, nut trees and a vegetable garden.
  • Raised over $97,000 for the new Grinnell skatepark.
  • Helped coordinate a spring “Green Living” Event at Summer Street Park with environmental demonstrations and a clean-up of Little Bear Creek. Other free educational events throughout the year included gardening and fruit tree pruning.  
  • Helped manage and maintain the Grinnell “Giving Gardens.” These volunteer-run gardens donated hundreds of pounds of fresh healthy vegetables to the MICA food pantry in order to help those in need get access to nutritious local produce.

In 2018 Imagine Grinnell will:

  • Complete fundraising for the skatepark. We looking forward to breaking ground this summer!
  • Continue our Marvin Garden programming and events, including gardening workshops, garden walks and bike rides, growing food for those in need and an expanded fall cider-pressing party.
  • Work with the City of Grinnell to educate residents on how to reduce solid waste and improve recycling practices to save money and the environment.
  • Explore projects that will make Grinnell a more walkable/bikeable community.
  • Expand our partnership with the Ahrens Foundation and bring edible landscaping, Giving Gardens and native prairie features to Ahrens Park.
  • Work with local farmers and chefs to bring healthy, local-sourced options to the community meals at Davis School.

Contact us at imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net to learn more about participating in Imagine Grinnell activities!




Put Your Garden to Bed: Tips

Over the past few weeks, since the “Put Your Garden to Bed” workshop was cancelled at the end of October, Imagine Grinnell has been posting tips to Facebook to get your garden ready for winter on your own. With the weather to continuing to hold out, it may be worth your while to clean up your garden this Thanksgiving weekend before the snow hits. Continue reading

Giving Garden Work Nights: Every Tuesday from 4-7PM

Happy Monday, friends of Imagine Grinnell! Every Tuesday evening from 4-7PM this summer is “Giving Garden Night.” If you have an hour or two to contribute to helping plant, weed and pick, we would love to have you join us.

This week we will be building raised beds and planting fruit trees at “Marvin Garden”, our brand new garden location on Marvin Ave. just west of Los Girasoles and Andy’s Auto. Drop by and check it out!
Want to get email updates on I.G. Garden projects? Drop us a line at imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net.

Abundant Landscape Workshop, Oct. 1 & 8

This workshop is Part 1 of the Create an Abundant Landscape Workshop with Backyard Abundance (Part 2 will be on October 8th at the same time)! Learn to integrate fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, herbs, and other edible perennials into your landscape, and how to design and establish a beautiful, edible landscape that benefits you and our local environment.Continue reading

MAY15: Help build the new Summer Street Giving Garden!

Come and join us for a Sunday afternoon garden-building get together at Summer St. Park (formerly known as Jaycee Park) in Grinnell. All ages and skill levels welcome!
What is a “Giving Garden?” It’s a garden planted and maintained by volunteers to provide free, healthy food to anyone who needs it. That might be a family with a limited income, or a passer-by in need of a quick snack! Most of the food is distributed by the MICA food pantry.
Last summer, Imagine Grinnell volunteers and friends started work on a natural playscale and neighborhood giving garden at Summer Street Park in Grinnell. There is a lot of work left to do! Come join us for good food, meet new friends and help feed your neighbors! Rain Date: Sun. May 22nd.

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5th Annual Grinnell’s Got Talent

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The annual “Got Talent” auction will be held on Mon., Sept. 21, at Grinnell Mutual’s new Bartelt Conference and Education Center.
Smith said that Grinnell Mutual donated use of its new space and encourages members of the public who might want to see the facility to purchase an auction ticket.
“The ‘Got Talent’ auction is Imagine Grinnell’s only fundraiser each year so it’s very important to the viability of our many community projects,” Smith said. “We are very grateful to Grinnell Mutual for offering this new venue.”
Last year’s auction raised nearly $10,000 to support the organization’s projects, including Summer Street Park and the Hwy. 6 underpass, which are both are nearing completion.
The auction evening at the GMRC conference center begins at 5:30 with Happy Hour and heavy hors d’oeuvres. From 6-7 p.m., there will be a “Buy It Now” or pre-sale opportunity of the live auction items for those who may want to pre-empt the bidding and secure one of the donations. The live auction begins at 7 p.m. This year’s auction items include:
• Authentic Chinese Dinner for 10
• Yoga Session with friends, tea to follow the yoga session
• Framed Word Art
• Striped baseball field lawn
• Anna Kayte Night
• 2 hours of Interior Design
• Civic Center Tickets, Splash Gift Certificate, and babysitter
• Photography session for kids
• Will Preparation with a lawyer
• Gamers/Prairie Canary kids b-day party
• Sail Boat Ride Lessons
• Make Cupcakes with Hy-Vee Bakers
• Brownies for a year
• Holiday Piano Entertainment
• 3 private Ukulele lessons
• Lottery Tickets
• Homemade Raspberry Pie for Thanksgiving
• BBQ Smoke Fest Dinner for 6
• T-shirt Quilt
• Local Compost
• Bacon wrapped ribs
• Austrian Dinner for 8
• Smoked Turkey
• Wine Basket
• Craft Beer Basket
• Homemade quilted stuffed animal
• Blue Jean Ball table and tickets
• TCS Christmas Card Package
• Throwback Run Basket (including passes to the Throwback Run, Running Shoes, Running Sock, Custom Running Plan, and a Fitbit)
• Portable Solar Panel
• Monarch Waystations
• Rain Barrels
• Living Will Preparation
• Alphabet Art
• Framed Photography
• Personal Training Session and Month Gym Membership
• Homemade Bread

“This is a great way to support Imagine Grinnell projects. We encourage people to purchase tickets in groups of four and enjoy time together. Also, if individuals cannot attend but want to lend support, they can request a proxy number by calling the Imagine Grinnell office,” Smith said.
Tickets are required and may be purchased ahead of time or at the door for $25 each or four tickets for $90. Tickets are available from the Imagine Grinnell office on Penrose, by calling 641-236-5518, or email to imaginegrinnell@iowatelecom.net.
IG board members are also selling tickets: Lauren Augustin, Chris Bair, Barb Baker, Doug Caulkins, Sam Charnetski, Emily Counts, Bill Ford, Elizabeth Hill, Heidi Knobloch, Mark Kolpin, Jennifer Latham, Amy Miller, Chad Nath, Liz Queathem, Dodi Reilly, and Smith.
An updated list of auction items is available from the IG website at imaginegrinnell.org.

Monarch Waystations

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Every year, the monarch population migrates from Canada to Mexico to winter.  Much of their natural habitat has decreased in North America. Monarch Waystations create natural habitats that allow monarchs to reproduce and sustain their migration. Without milkweeds, monarchs cannot reproduce future generations that will migration each fall. Alos, without nectar from flowers monarch butterflies are unable to make their long journey to Mexico.

Please visit Monarch Watch to find out how to create a Monarch Waystation in your yard and community.

http://www.monarchwatch.org/waystations/

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