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Budding Farmers educator sows seeds in gardening revolution ................... 3 Faribault community garden finds permanent home at Peace Lutheran Church ...... 4 Faribault woman’s project featured on ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ cover ................................... 5 State Fair spotlight shines on Northfield CSA, Nerstrand goat dairy farm ..................................... 6 6 tips to weigh the best resale home improvements ....................................................... 7 Harvesting healthy meals ..................................... 8 Furniture…flooring…fixtures… ............................ 9 How to reduce the cost of owning a car ............ 10 Tips on getting your car or truck tailgate-ready ........................................................ 11 How to prevent motion sickness when traveling ................................................................. 12 Going spareless: The Good and The Bad ......... 13 How Old Is That New Tire? ................................... 14 Keep An Eye Out For Spooks .............................. 15

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Budding Farmers educator sows seeds in gardening revolution By KARA HILDRETH khildreth@northfieldnews.com

kits. The pilot programs were used in a summer school program, a daycare and a few governmental Feeling passionate about or- programs. ganic food and growing fresh pro“I am also working with a loduce, Monica Irwin of Northfield cal teacher I have hired to take all has personally begun a Budding the lessons and pull them into line Farmers revolution. with school standards,” Irwin said. Irwin, 29, envisioned, She hopes many districts from researched and wrote Budding across the state will be interested Farmers, an educational proand see the value in the curricugram with curriculum to teach lum. “I am so appreciative of how preschool and elementary youth Rice County has been very supabout vegetables. portive of helping me develop the Budding Farmers, a 10-week program for a larger audience.” program with lessons presented Looking to spread her enthuin a fun, interactive way, asks siasm for eating fresh and hoping youth to become curious and ex- to reach school districts and periment with food. The program community education programs encourages youth to use writing, across the state, Irwin wants to art and science discovery skills. teach others about the intrinsic Irwin wants to spread her benefits of eating well, growing love of agriculture to the younger gardens and learning about good generation. nutrition. She is interested in Budding Farmers recently becoming a guest at garden sites planted roots with six Rice County and area cooking schools across organizations in Faribault to pur- Minnesota. chase bulk orders of curriculum Growing up in Chicago,

Irwin looked forward to visiting her aunt and uncle’s hobby farm as a young girl. But it was not until college when she discovered the world of cooking with fresh vegetables and organic gardening. “I discovered the farmers market and I loved the whole ambiance of the place,” Irwin said. That was when she became adventuresome and began experimenting with cooking and trying out new fruits and vegetables. Touting the intrinsic benefits of healthy eating beyond just becoming fit, Irwin said organic fruits and vegetables allow the body more energy and enable a person to have an overall happier mood and mindset. “Eat well keeps you calm and feeling good,” Irwin said. “I did grow up eating vegetables, but they were not necessarily the freshest vegetables.” Today she grows strawberries, pole beans, kale, peppers, eggplants, summer squash, Bok Choy, spring onions,

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gardeners would have for harvesting from the empty lot on the corner of 23rd Street NW and Fourth Avenue NW after reading an article in the Daily News. The owner of the lot, Jeff Jandro of PJJ Development, intends to develop the land as a multi-unit apartment complex — and by autumn of this year at the earliest. In July, Pastor Ron Wik of Bethel Ridge Lutheran Church offered space to Ginter and her Faribault women and children work in the community garden at 23rd fellow greenthumbs, but Bethel Street NW and Fourth Avenue NW, which is slated to become a 28- Ridge’s out-of-the-way location unit apartment complex. (Photo submitted) along Highway 3 and Cardinal Avenue was a major accessibility problem for the lower-income gardeners that live closer to downtown Faribault. So Wik put Ginter in touch with the leaders of Peace Lutheran, and luckily everything fell in to place. “Peace Lutheran is much better for accessibility. It’s much more centrally located. I’ve had people tell me how much closer it is to their homes or that they won’t have to drive as far now,� Ginter said. “Also, water is more accessible and there’s a playground Peace Lutheran Church in Faribault has offered a permanent home nearby for the kids when their to the displaced Faribault community garden formerly located on parents are working in the gar23rd Street NW. (Cristeta Boarini/Daily News) den.�

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Ginter wants to ensure that the families who used the original community garden, many of whom were Ruth’s House inhabitants, teen moms, or immigrant and lower-income families, are able to get first pick on plots in the new garden. The new garden is significantly bigger than the old space, and Affinity Plus and Peace Lutheran are considering using plots to grow food for local food shelves and donation centers. Ginter and Oachs are accepting volunteers and donations to help with the community garden project. To find out how to help, go to volunteermatch.org and search for “Faribault community garden.� “This garden has become bigger than myself,� Ginter said. “It really shows that it takes a community to do this. It really shows that this community will come together to help each other out.�

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its original floor plan, says Borges. Projects that require tearing down an exterior wall often involve moving doors, windows and 2. DON’T ‘OVERIMPROVE’ other features, which can drive the Some home improvements costs higher than, say, converting can help lift a home’s resale value, an attic into a bedroom, which especially updates to features like uses existing space in the home. cabinets and appliances that are The more expensive the projby ALEX VEIGA clearly dated. ect, the harder it can be to recover AP Business Writer The key is to select finishes one’s costs. and appliances that don’t go well Also, making major changes Homeowners are opening beyond what a buyer might find in to the original structure, even their wallets. A rebound in the similarly priced homes in the area. when permitted by the city, runs housing market has made them The term appraisers have for that other risks. more willing to invest in renovais “overimprovement.” “When you become the oddtions that could boost the value of Consider a homeowner in a ball, the only home in the neightheir homes even more in a rising neighborhood with modest homes borhood with four bedrooms, market. who splurges on pricey counterprobably the fourth bedroom is Spending on home remodel- top finishes like quartz or marble. not going to be that desirable,” ing has picked up over the past They’re not likely to recoup the Borges says. 18 months and is expected to rise cost when appraisers look at nearly 20 percent to $151 billion recent sales of comparable homes 4. CONSIDER COST-TOby the fourth quarter, according to that may not have such lavishly VALUE a recent report by the Joint Center appointed kitchens. One way to gauge whether for Housing Studies at Harvard This applies to everything a home improvement project is University. from lighting to flooring and worthwhile is to estimate how Many homeowners decide to bathroom fixtures. much of what you spend will be make upgrades with the idea that recovered at resale. the bigger kitchen or finished basement will make their home more enjoyable. But those looking to sell should know that not all home improvement projects will boost the value of a home. Here are six tips when considering investing in home improvement projects: 1. CONSIDER ALL BUYERS The classic example here is installing a swimming pool. A pool could make your home a tougher sell and it’s unlikely you will recover your expenses, says Richard Borges, president of the Appraisal Institute, a professional association of real estate appraisers. It may be a deal-killer for buyers who might not want to take on maintenance costs or safety risks for small children. “It’s not going to contribute a full measure of its cost of installation because its utility is so limited,” Borges says. The principle holds true for other large projects that can alter the structure of the property, such as adding a second garage. In some neighborhoods, they may be a common feature that becomes

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cost-value-study, which is based on surveys of real estate agents, can help provide a ballpark reference. You can find it here: www. remodeling.hw.net/2013/costvsvalue/national.aspx That said, when home prices are rising fast enough, like during the last housing boom, it’s easier to recover costs spent on home improvements, regardless of the upgrade. The alternative scenario also holds true. 5. PRIORITIZE REPAIRS AND CURB APPEAL Making the master bedroom bigger or converting a downstairs closet into a half-bath might seem like good investments, but not if you need to upgrade your roof or fix window seals. Those fixes may not be aesthetic upgrades, but often make a home easier to sell. Replacing your front door might cost you $1,500, but it’s the type of upgrade that can make a home attractive to buyers, says Sal Alfano, editorial director of Remodeling magazine. The magazine says replacing the front entry with a 20-gauge steel door is the upgrade from which homeowners can expect to recoup the most money among renovations that cost less than $5,000. The magazine estimates a recovery of 85.6 percent of the cost.

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• Create a cold salad with quinoa, halved cherry tomatoes, diced cucumbers and chopped green peppers. Toss with olive oil. • Bake tomatoes for a warm side dish. Spray or drizzle a baking dish with olive oil, slice tomatoes about ½-inch thick and sprinkle with whole wheat bread crumbs and shredded Parmesan cheese. Bake until tomatoes start to soften. Peppers — A perfect complement to a variety of dishes. Try one of these ways to eat more peppers: • For extra color, add sliced or diced pepper to your favorite lettuce salad. • Grill them. Brush with olive oil and lightly season for a great way to get in a vegetable serving. • Add to soups, salads, pizza and pasta dishes for added texture and flavor. • Make Philly steak peppers: Fill peppers with thinly-sliced roast beef, onion and provolone cheese. Bake and enjoy with a side of fruit for a meal in minutes.

Potatoes — A fan favorite that can be made healthier with a few simple steps: • Try serving a baked potato bar for upcoming tailgate parties. Be sure to have lots of healthy toppings, chili, salsa, shredded cheese, peppers, chopped ham and Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. • Swap out some of the mayo in your potato salad and cut hundreds of calories from this popular picnic dish. Sweet corn — Think it doesn’t get any better than corn on the cob with butter? Try cooking the corn in the butter (cut with a small amount of olive oil to reduce saturated fat) with lemon and garlic and you may change your mind. This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice. Ayn Pavek is an RD, LD, and HyVee Dietitian.


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six years old or older, it’s time to get a new one-even if it has low miles. As tires age, a degradation process takes place. Tire tread separation can result-the tread comes away from the tire in an instant-and an accident can occur even if the tire has low miles on it. Of course, age isn’t the only consideration when thinking about your tires. Factors such as wear, maintenance, storage and weather are also important to take note of. The good thing about older tires-as opposed to old fruit-is that you can return them for a refund up to a point. If you’ve got a tire that’s six years old, you’ve got, to keep up with the fruit analogy, a lemon. If you bought it six years ago, you’re out of luck and need to buy a replacement right away. However, if you’ve got tires considerably older than the date you bought them on, you may be in luck. Take your receipt to the place you bought the tire from and see what they can do. Depending upon the tire’s wear and the age discrepancy, you may get anywhere from a partial to a full discount on its replacement.


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Free Four-Wheel Alignment with the purchase of four tires!

This is a savings of $15.

That’s a $65 value!

Cannot be combined with any other offer. Most vehicles. Up to five quarts of oil. Expires 10/31/2013. Plus tax and recycle fee.

Must present coupon. May not be combined with other offers. Expires 10/31/2013.

One of the largest selections of tires in the area! reed rimpila Owner/Mechanic

505 Central Ave N • 507-332-8358 centralautorepair @hotmail.com

1235 S. Hwy. 3. Northfield • 507-663-1217 www.valleyautohaus.com


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