The Minnesota Food Association’s annual spring open house and plant sale will be held from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, May 11.
The event celebrates the beginning of the growing season at Big River Farms, where immigrant farmers grow and sell organic and sustainable food. The farm also conducts a training and education program for new farmers.
Attendees at the open house, which is free and open to the public, can meet farmers, staff and board members, walk the fields and participate in a hayride. The event is a potluck, with some light food and beverages provided.
Donations and volunteers are welcome. The farm is located in the Wilder Forest at 14220-B Ostlund Trail N. in May Township, about 10 miles north of Stillwater.
The plant sale features varieties of certified organic flower bedding plants including violas, calendula, nasturtium, marigolds and bachelor buttons. Certified organic vegetable and herb bedding plants include basil, sage, thyme, sugar snap peas, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, broccoli, lettuce, fennel and Brussels sprouts.
Big River Farms CSA (a community supported agriculture farm) memberships still might be available. Sign up online at www.mnfoodassociation.org. A CSA membership ensures weekly boxes of organic produce from mid-June through mid-October.
Park visitor center opens at Arcola Mills
The National Park Service visitor center at Arcola Mills will open on Thursday, May 9, for a season that will continue through Oct. 21.
The undertaking, a joint venture between Arcola Mills Historic Foundation and the park agency, is the third experiment to determine whether a permanent NPS office should be established on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River.
Headquarters for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, a national park, are in St. Croix Falls, Wis. The site will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. It will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Admission is free.
Anyone interested in volunteering can call Jonathan Moore, the Riverway’s volunteer program coordinator, at 715-491-6839.
Playground gear moves to new home
Playground equipment formerly used at the Bielenberg Sports Center will find new life for children in Costa Rica.
Volunteers from the nonprofit Kids Around the World organization removed the equipment last month as construction on the sports center expansion and remodeling begins.
Education funding discussed at forum