Gardening Q & A session 2 on Zoom

posted Apr 26, 2020, 2:30 PM by George Adams

Gardening Q & A session 2 on Zoom this Thursday April 30 starting at 7:00 pm. Link to the meeting.
These sessions are for both expert and beginner gardeners. Gardening can be very different in different areas so this is our attempt to provide advice that relevant to our area. That is Dunn and Barren Counties of Wisconsin.

Virtual Workshop April 9th

posted Apr 9, 2020, 1:09 PM by Jessica Fischer   [ updated Apr 9, 2020, 1:12 PM ]

Tonight- Thursday April 9, 2020 starting at 7:00 PM

Zoom meeting link: (available beforehand for you to test the connection)

Zoom works on your computer or your smartphone. Following the link above will walk you through the setup process. If you have problems getting into the meeting please call George Adams at 715-455-1652.

The workshop will be recorded and posted here when it is available.

Traditional & Green Skills Event 2020

posted Jan 3, 2020, 12:48 PM by George Adams   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 1:42 PM by Jessica Fischer ]

To meet the quickly changing recommendations for keeping our communities healthy, we have decided to cancel the Traditional & Green Skills Event this Saturday.

Thank you so much to all of the volunteers and workshop leaders who worked so hard preparing for the event. We look forward to celebrating the 10th Annual event with you next year.

If you’re healthy, please reach out to your neighbors to help however you can. If you’re in need, please don’t hesitate to send an email to Tellall. Together, we’ll get through this.

Wishing you all well!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Prairie Farm High School, 630 River Ave. S. Prairie Farm


Traditional & Green Skills Event 2019

posted Dec 4, 2018, 2:32 PM by George Adams   [ updated Mar 9, 2019, 7:18 PM by George Adams ]

Saturday, March 9, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Prairie Farm High School, 630 River Ave. S. Prairie Farm
No need to pre-register, just pay at the door.

The image below links to the draft poster for the event. There may be small changes which will be posted soon.

Poster of classes
Event Map

Below is the presentation of the Show and Tell class. Many of the slides have YouTube videos embedded so stop the slides and check out the videos. Any questions contact George at

Show and Tell 2019


Traditional & Green Skills Event 2018

posted Dec 13, 2017, 6:51 PM by George Adams   [ updated Feb 28, 2018, 5:05 AM ]

Saturday, March 3, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Prairie Farm High School, 630 River Ave. S. Prairie Farm
No need to pre-register, just pay at the door.

A map of the classrooms being used and the session numbers is available at the bottom of the page as a pdf.

A PDF file of the poster is available at the bottom of this page.

 Home Smoking Basics: Makin' Bacon class Home Smoking Basics: Makin' Bacon class
Alternative Lawns for Pollinators class
No Mow fine fescue with white clover on left; Right is best sedge for dry shade
(ivory sedge). Neither have to be cut to stay under weed ordinance.
Knitting Round Table and Yarn/Needle Swap with Suzanne Vergin, from Brush With Wildlife Gallery and Kennel, Dallas, WI 
 Knitting/Crocheting Round Table to share techniques/skills/ideas.  Bring a ball of yarn and/or needles if you wish to swap.
 Growing Elderberries

Hippocrates called elderberries his "medicine chest.” Elderberries are native to our area but improved varieties are also a viable production crop. Natasha Simeon works with Paul Otten and Chris Patton, the pioneers in the elderberry industry in the upper midwest, and she manages the cutting and nursery plug production and the elderberry and currant field begun on her farm in 2016. Come learn about how you can grow this amazing plant yourself.

 Home Remedy Animal Care

Caring for animals sometimes means needing to provide medical care for them. Natasha and her family have always had animals as a part of their lives and have been through many experiences (and challenges!) with them. For this class they will share what is in their medicine cabinet and first aid kit, including some of the cost effective solutions that help the bottom line when caring for large numbers of livestock.

 Introduction to sustainable farming certification for the small scale family farm or beekeeper
with Ray Wreford of Foggy Ridge Family Farm

Providing a chemical and GMO free food source for local markets.

Annual Plant Swap 2017

posted May 15, 2017, 9:24 AM by George Adams   [ updated May 30, 2017, 10:59 AM ]

What:  The 8th Annual HRTI Plant Swap

Where:  Pioneer Park, located in Prairie Farm, WI.  We will be in the picnic shelter--look for the large yellow SWAP signs!

When:  THIS SATURDAY, June 3rd, 10 AM until 1 PM

What to bring:  Spare plants (tomatoes, melons, peppers, flowers, annuals or perennials) that you want to share with your friends and neighbors!  Bring a box or a bag or a bucket to fill, as we always have lots of free plants that need a new home.

But, what if I don't have anything to share??  No worries!  This event is a "swap" in name only; there is always SO MUCH STUFF that we actively encourage people to come and take whatever they can use in their gardens.  Next year, you can share if you have extras...but don't let a lack of stuff to trade keep you from coming!  Also, be greedy.  All the extra stuff comes home with me, and I don't have that much space for 100,000,000 extra tomatoes....ha!

Questions?  Need directions?  Feel free to send me an email

See you at the Swap!

Cris Cantin

The Children’s Garden

posted Mar 27, 2017, 11:27 AM by George Adams

Attention Budding Gardeners!!!
The HRTI Community Garden is expanding and adding garden spaces just for kids!

The Childrens Garden

The Community Garden (located on John St. next to the Pioneer Home) is expanding! This year, we will be adding 6’x6’ garden spaces JUST FOR KIDS! Space cost is $5* for the season, and free seeds and plants are available. We will provide water, sunshine and lots of fun! All participants must agree to visit their garden at least once per week and keep weeds to a minimum throughout the season. There will be a work day in May, so adults please consider lending us your muscles to get the season started! About the garden...

The Community Garden is supported by the Hay River Transition Initiative, a group of friends and neighbors working toward increasing sustainable living in the Prairie Farm area. As part of this, we work on projects within our community to support greener living and traditional skills, such as gardening.

Hey kids! Would you like your own garden to grow in?

Contact Cris at or 715-418-1886 to reserve your space today. See you in the Garden!
*$5 fee will be waived, depending on individual need. Gardening is for everyone!! 

Seed Swap 2017

posted Mar 2, 2017, 5:42 PM by George Adams   [ updated Mar 22, 2017, 6:32 AM ]

NEW DATE: Saturday March 25th
NEW LOCATION for 2017: Ridgeland Community Center, Ridgeland WI
Times: 10 AM until 1 PM
Look for the bright yellow SWAP signs--it's easy to find

Also we're holding a Food Swap as well. Bring your spare canned treats, baked items or freezer surplus & trade with your friends & neighbors!!

See you at the Swap

Please let me know if you have any questions or need help with directions!


Stone Soup potluck December 2016

posted Nov 27, 2016, 1:29 PM by George Adams

Friday, December 2 at 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Sue & Allen's 650 1st Avenue - Prairie Farm WI which is also the home of Good Root Growers.
Share this event with your friends on Facebook.

Bring a dish to share.

Traditional & Green Skills Event 2017

posted Nov 27, 2016, 12:48 PM by George Adams   [ updated Feb 6, 2017, 12:30 PM ]

Saturday, March 4, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 
Prairie Farm High School, 630 River Ave. S. Prairie Farm 
No need to pre-register, just pay at the door. 

Download the listing of classes and class schedule below. 

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