Planting pollinator-friendly habitat to celebrate 65 years of community giving

Picture: General Mills volunteers planted a pollinator garden plot at Westwood Hills Nature Center as part of the Foundation’s 65th  anniversary celebration Great River Greening is pleased to be among the recipients of a commemorative grant celebrating the General Mills Foundation’s 65th anniversary. The foundation awarded $100,000 to GRG for a suite of pollinator projects …read more →

Seven Mile Creek Watershed farmers share experiments in cover crops

9-18-2018 By Nancy Madsen It goes a bit against the grain for farmers to plant seed in the summer or fall. But for a handful of farmers in the Seven Mile Creek Watershed, planting cover crops in between rows of corn or soybeans is gaining traction. Cover crops, such as rye, turnips and wheat, have …read more →

Seven Mile Creek watershed hosts cover crop discussion

  By Trey Mewes Sep 13, 2018 ST. PETER — It takes a little work to make cover crops work for farmers, but Marty Mogensen believes it’s worth the effort. Mogensen’s family owns and operates a 2,400-acre corn and soybean farm in rural Oshawa Township just north of Seven Mile Creek. They’ve been concerned …read more →

Shoreline restoration project near Elko New Market welcomes volunteers

By MISTY SCHWAB Restoring the shoreline of Doyle-Kennefick, a planned regional park near Elko New Market, is a volunteer opportunity for those who enjoy planting. Great River Greening is looking for around 50 volunteers to help Sept. 15. (Photo courtesy of An volunteer opportunity Saturday near Elko New Market is open to families throughout …read more →

Field Day in St. Peter investigates the benefits of crop cover interseeding

Farmers who use no-till/strip till and cover crops are featured guests in a discussion on how to build soil health. The discussion will take place at the Cover Crop Seeding Field Day on September 13, hosted by Nicollet SWCD. Other proponents of sustainable farming practices will also speak, including Great River Greening staff member Susan …read more →

The many benefits of a meandering creek

Until recently, canoeing the Minnehaha Creek included maneuvering polluted waters in a lengthy secluded ditch, along industrial backyards. Now, this same stretch brings you through the Minnehaha Creek Preserve, surrounded by thriving wetland grasses, amid eagles, deer and wood ducks. Central to the transformation is a re-meandered portion of the creek, between Meadowbrook and Louisiana …read more →

200 volunteers celebrated MPR Water Month by busting buckthorn

Two hundred volunteers came out to Valley Park in Mendota Heights to improve the water quality of the creek.  The event, co-sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio,  was the capstone celebration of MPR Water Month, an intensive focus on Minnesotans deep connections to water that included water-themed programming throughout April, on all MPR’s channels: news, music, …read more →