Archive: Educational Materials from Events

This is the archive of handouts and presentations from educational events held at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris.  Most materials are posted as PDFs.  

Vegetable Gardening: 301 (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held March 15, 2017

Take your vegetable gardening skills to the next level with our in-depth 301 vegetable growing strategies class.  Class covered cultural practices, growing fall crops, succession planting, and growing tomatoes, onions, carrots, peas and melons.  Presented by Steve Poppe, WCROC horticulturist.  View a PDF of his power point presentation.  Watch the video recording of Steve's presentation.

Growing Good Apples (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held February 15, 2017

From pruning, to pest control, to variety selection, and winter prep, Joel Kangas of Good to Grow covered it all in "Growing Good Apples."  Handouts.

Creating Curb Appeal
Held January 182017

Learn a few key design tips and get ideas to create you own attractive curb appeal.  Presented by Beth Berlin, U of MN Extension.  Handout.

Cold Hardy Grapes for Winemaking (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held April 20, 2016

This class focused on growing grapes in West Central Minnesota that are hardy for the area and can produce excellent wine. Included suitable varieties, site selection, management and care of the vineyard, and challenges growers will likely face if considering this hobby or business.  Presented by Florian Ledermann of Burr Vineyards, Brandon MN.  View his power point.

Starting Seeds Indoors (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held March 16, 2016

Learn seed starting from a pro! Successful tips on starting your seeds indoors, and a few strategies for how to properly transplant your new sprouts to an outdoor garden space. Presented by Tom Holm, WCROC Greenhouse Manager.  Print off a copy of the handout.  Watch the video recording of his presentation.

Vegetable Gardening 201 (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held February 17, 2016

Steve Poppe, Horticulture Scientist at the WCROC, presented successful vegetable gardening tips and growing techniques.  View the video recording of his talk and follow along with the power point presentation.

Deck the Halls with Nature (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held November 18, 2015

Randee Hokanson, Stevens County Master Gardener, presented creative decorating ideas for fall and winter using elements from nature.  View the video recording of her demonstration.

Hardy Shrubs (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held September 16, 2015

Kathy Zuzek, U of MN Extension Educator in Horticulture presented on hardy shrubs suitable for the upper Midwest.  View her power point, and handouts (pages 2, 4 and 5), and (pages 1 and 3) .


Create a Hummingbird Garden
 (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held August 19, 2015

Hummingbirds are brilliant, tiny, precision-flying creatures that glitter like jewels in the sun.  Bernie Angus, WCROC Landscape Gardener, provided tips and variety suggestions for attracting them to your yard and landscape.  Hummingbird Facts.  Hummingbird Gardens.

Organic Dairy Day
Held August 11, 2015

The University’s organic dairy featured Organic Valley's Mark Kopecky and his seminar on soil fertilty in dairy pastures and interpreting soil analysis.  Updates of current research on organic projects at the WCROC was provided (view the power point).  Field tours and a pasture walk begin at 1 pm, with stops that discussed grass species selection for grazing, an organic dairy Fodder system, and a stockmanship demonstration.  Tours presented by Mark Kopecky, Brad Heins, James Paulson of U of MN Extension, and Riki Sorge, U of MN Vet Medicine.

Midwest Farm Energy Conference
Held June 17-19, 2015

Showcasing optimized cost-effective energy systems for dairy, swine, and crop production.  View presentations here.

Low Input Lawn Care (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held on April 15, 2015

Stephanie Rutten-Ramos, Douglas County Master Gardener, presented ways to maintain a low input lawn.  Topics included types of grasses for MN lawns, how to establish and maintain a healthy lawn, and low-maintenance planting options.  View her presentation.

Backyard Composting (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held on March 18, 2015

Composting allows homeowners to reduce yard and kitchen waste, all while growing microbes for their soil.  Class materials included a powerpoint and handout.

Vegetable Gardening 201 (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held on February 18, 2015

Steve Poppe, Horticulture Scientist at the WCROC, presented practical tips for successful vegetable growing.  The class covered types of mulch, good cultural practices, and suggested varieties.  His powerpoint is available here.  

 

 Growing and Enjoying Alliums (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held on January 21, 2015

Carol Strong, a Douglas County Master Gardener, presented an overview of the allium family with an emphasis on garlic, onions, leeks and shallots.  Her handouts may be viewed here.

2014 Annual Flower Trial: Top Performers
Held on January 14-16, 2015 at the Mpls Convention Center

Each year, hundreds of cultivars are trialed at the WCROC.  Only the top performers earn the distinction as a Top Ten Performer.  Results from this trial were shared at Northern Green Expo in Minneapolis, MN.  Mary Meyer, Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at the U of MN presented.  View the handout (PDF).

Lilies: Jewels of the Garden (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held on April 30, 2014

Barbara Ronningen, representing the North American Lily Society, shared how to use lilies in the landscape, along with varieties suitable for Minnesota climates. View the Martagon Lily handout (PDF), or Tips on Growing Lilies (PDF).

Vegetable Gardening 101 (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held on February 19, 2014

Information on successfully growing warm-season crops, such as sweet corn, green beans and peppers, was the focus of this class, presented by Steve Poppe, horticulture scientist at the WCROC. View the Powerpoint presentation (PDF).

Plants for Pollinators (Come Grow with Us education series)
Held on January 15, 2014

Steve Poppe, horticulture scientist at the WCROC, discussed the current state of native pollinators in our area and offered tips on how we can help. View the Powerpoint presentation. (PDF)

 

* Educational materials will be posted when available.