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Annual Greenbook highlights sustainable agriculture innovations

Free copy available from the state

Posted: October 19, 2012 - 7:52pm

Crow Wing County landfill site to begin winter hours

The Crow Wing County Landfill Site will begin winter hours starting the first weekend in November and operate 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The landfill site will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays from November 2012 through March 2013 and will re-open for summer hours starting in April 2013.

The county landfill takes household garbage but many residents do not realize the landfill will accept other items such as Fiberglas boats, mattresses, furniture, and mobile homes. The county landfill also has a demolition landfill to dispose of demolition materials. Residents are also encouraged to use the free compost site to dispose of material from gardens, leaves, lawn clippings or branches.

Certain items are banned from the actual landfill; however, there are specified drop-off locations at the county landfill site to dispose of these items for a small fee. Appliances or white goods such as refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, washers and dryers, stoves, hot water heaters, microwaves; electronics such as computers and their components, TV’s VCR/DVD’s, stereos and telephones; tires with or without rims; scrap metals such as lawn mowers, grills, metal piping. These items are then recycled.

The county landfill site also provides the following services for free or a small, nominal fee: recycling of glass, plastics, metal and paper, used motor oil/antifreeze, and lead-acid car/marine batteries for residents. There is a 50 cent fee for oil filters and $1 per gallon of antifreeze. The county does provide other recycling/used oil locations throughout Crow Wing County. Check out the County Web page at: http://www.co.crow-wing.mn.us and search for “recycling” for more locations.

“The county’s ‘one-stop-service’ provides convenient access for proper disposal of un-used or un-needed materials at the landfill site.” said Doug Morris, solid waste coordinator, in a news release. “Upon arriving at the county landfill site, residents must stop at the landfill office. The attendant will discuss the items to be disposed, collect any fees and give directions to where the drop-off locations are for disposal. It is important to note that all loads coming to the county landfill must be covered to ensure our roadways are not littered with debris.”

During the winter months (November through April), Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) will only be taken for emergency situations. An example of this is residents who are moving or an estate that must dispose of hazardous materials, and cannot wait until HHW programs opens in May of 2013. To schedule an appointment, contact the land services department located at the Crow Wing County landfill at 824-1290.

Flu clinic planned

Crow Wing County Community Services Health Division will offer a seasonal flu shot/FluMist Clinic from 2-6 p.m. Thursday at Crow Wing County Community Services Health Division, 204 Laurel Street, Suite 12, Brainerd.

This clinic is open to anyone ages 6 months or older without an appointment.

Cost is:

■ No charge if you have Medicare Part B, Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. You must bring your card.

■ $5 for children ages 6 months – 18 years who are uninsured or underinsured.

■ $10 for those 19 years and older who are uninsured or underinsured, however, supplies are very limited.

■ $25 per vaccination if you do not fit under any of the above categories.

Note: We will not bill private insurances. No child will be turned away for inability to pay.

For more information call the Crow Wing County 24 Hour Flu Hotline at 822-7022. Or call 824-1098 or visit our website at http://www.co.crow-wing.mn.us.

Annual Greenbook highlights sustainable agriculture innovations

The 2012 edition of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Greenbook is now available. The Greenbook publication highlights the results of innovative projects that test new approaches to raising crops and livestock as well as marketing agricultural products. The projects are funded by the MDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program, which promotes environmental stewardship and conservation of resources and strives to improve profitability and quality of life on farms and in rural areas.

MDA Commissioner Dave Frederickson says the Greenbook is a valuable resource for farmers, researchers and others seeking to advance Minnesota agriculture and improve the quality of life in rural areas.

“Over the years, the Greenbook has provided the technical information and trial and error insights into hundreds of new projects,” Frederickson said in a news release. “Having this research has helped farmers more quickly adopt alternative farming systems that are sustainable over the long term.”

Greenbook editor Jeanne Ciborowski says the new edition features 17 sustainable agriculture projects in four major topic areas: alternative markets and specialty crops; cropping systems and soil fertility; fruits and vegetables; and livestock. 

“Among the projects are strategies for growing blackberries organically under high tunnels which provides for winter protection and increased production, and growing fresh cabbage for markets using integrated pest management,” said Ciborowski. Other projects included a feasibility study of small farm commercial hops production and cultivating and marketing organic mushrooms in a northern climate.

For a free copy of Greenbook 2012, call 651-201-6012. Greenbook 2012 is also available on the MDA’s web site: www.mda.state.mn.us/greenbook.