Ashley Introduces Herself and The Food Preservation Blog

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

Welcome to my blog! “Who are you?” you may ask? Well, I’m Ashley Lichtenbarger, Minnetrista’s education manager, here to bring canning tips and techniques straight to you. I am also a crafter, canner, walker, and owner of an adorable dog. She’s a Heinz 57—a new breed I came up with just for her! Now, as much as I’d love this blog to be all about my dog, we have other things to talk about…

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Eat What’s in Season. Cook What’s in Season

Posted by: Paige Vandoski, Social Media Intern on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 10:00:00 am

Want to eat what’s in season? Although summer is winding down, there will still be some produce that will probably be overflowing at your local market! The August in-season picks are:

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Fix your drought-stressed lawn

Posted by: Steve Scott, Grounds Supervisor on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 10:00:00 am

The summer of 2012 has been one brutal summer for you lawn. The combination of high temperatures and a lack of rainfall has done its number on many lawns across the Central Indiana area.  With the return of rain, we have seen many lawns green up quickly, however, others are still showing signs of distress from the drought...

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What’s the Big Deal About Buying at a Farmer’s Market?

Posted by: Paige Vandoski, Social Media Intern on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 2:00:00 pm

What’s the Big Deal About Buying at a Farmer’s Market? by Paige Vandoski

Tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, watermelon, carrots, basil, chicken, bread… Can’t you find all this stuff at the regular grocery store? Well, superstores like Walmart and Meijer probably do carry these things, but why is it better to buy them at a local Farmer’s Market? If you’ve been to a Farmer’s Market, you probably already know that the fruits, veggies, herbs, meat, and home-baked goods are bursting with more flavor, are more sustainable, and the overall experience of strolling around on a warm summer day while conversing with people from the community is so much more rewarding. If you are a regular Farmer’s Market attendee or know nothing about them, I hope this list I’ve compiled is a refreshing, insightful look on why your next food run should be to your local Farmer’s Market J not those superstores!

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Feeding the Ducks?

Posted by: Stephanie Dilk, Education Manager on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

Is duck feeding a sound practice? For those of you who have a pond around your home, or who visit a local pond at a park or even the “duck pond” at Ball State University, I thought you might find this question relevant to your own choices. After speaking with some great people from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, as well as doing some reading of my own, I made some fascinating discoveries...

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Things to Consider When Designing Your Garden

Posted by: Paige Vandoski, Social Media Intern on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

Is there more to putting a garden together besides simply picking pretty plants? You bet! When considering overall garden design: plant placementformcolor and leaf texture all play a vital role in giving a garden a dazzling appearance...

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Mourning Jewelry

Posted by: Nadia Kousari, Collections Specialist on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 10:00:00 am

In the United States, the Civil War (1861-1865) and economic hardship was taking its toll. Death in the war, high infant mortality, and the hardships of the time all contributed to a communal sense of loss. It was more common to experience death in one’s family than not. During these difficult times, mourning jewelry served as tokens of remembrance and affection.Perhaps one of the most unusual trends of the Victorian era, by today’s standards, is the notion of public mourning. The acceptance of public mourning in Europe was prompted by the death of Prince Albert in 1861. The years following his death were marked by ...

Rain Gardens, Swales, and Barrels: 3 Ways to Combat Stormwater Issues

Posted by: Paige Vandoski, Social Media Intern on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 1:30:00 pm

I was inspired after Jason Donati shared his knowledge about ways we can reduce stormwater runoff at the Garden Fair at Minnetrista on Saturday, June 2nd. Jason is an educator at Muncie/Delaware Stormwater Management and proved to be very knowledgeable in his field. As I listened to him explain every detail including the problems with stormwater, to steps for building your own rain garden and rain barrel, my hope was that the people who attended his session and who read this blog will be inspired to make a difference in their community as well! Why is stormwater a problem in the first place? You’ve probably heard ...

Meet Melia Ross, Farmers Market Blogger

Posted by: Melia Ross, Farmers Market Blogger on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:00:00 am

I guess you could say my infatuation with nature began with a fuchsia. As a child, I spent countless hours in my grandfather’s greenhouse. When he wasn’t looking, my sister and I would pop the bloom right before it was about to open. It would make the most intriguing sound. Inevitably, he would catch us, give us stern look and we knew it was time to find something else to entertain our curiosity. I still remember the earthy smell of potting soil on hot summer days when hours were measured in flats of plants instead of minutes. My grandfather could grow anything and he did. Impatiens. Geraniums. Poinsettias. Each ...

Ashley's Going to Workshop It Out

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7:00:00 am

Sometimes I think it’d be fun to have random blog posts to see if people can guess what I do for a living because it is so varied. Some days, I take 25 kids out to the nature area and teach them about how animals and plants adapt to their environment. Other days, I watch documentaries with a group of adults. Then, some days, I facilitate creative workshops for adults. I love the variety. However, the creativity harnessed in the workshops is definitely a highlight for me. I love to be able to use my own creativity while helping others find theirs in a variety of ways. The workshops that Minnetrista offers focus on two ...