Minnetrista Blogs

Ashley Introduces Herself and The Food Preservation Blog

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on March 7, 2013 at 10:00 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... Read More >

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

Posted by: Paige Vandoski on August 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

 (Taken from Vegetarian Times Farmer’s Market Cookbook) 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: Beets Mushrooms Bell Peppers Stone Fruits (peaches,... Read More >

Fix your drought-stressed lawn

Posted by: Steve Scott on August 20, 2012 at 10:00 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... Read More >

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

Posted by: Paige Vandoski on August 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

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... Read More >

Feeding the Ducks?

Posted by: Stephanie Dilk on August 1, 2012 at 10:00 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,... Read More >

Things to Consider When Designing Your Garden

Posted by: Paige Vandoski on July 24, 2012 at 10:00 am

Is there more to putting a garden together besides simply picking pretty plants? You bet! When considering overall garden design: plant placement, form, color and leaf texture all play a vital role in giving a garden a dazzling appearance. To keep things interesting, you can... Read More >

Mourning Jewelry

Posted by: Nadia Kousari on July 10, 2012 at 10:00 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... Read More >

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

Posted by: Paige Vandoski on June 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

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... Read More >

Meet Melia Ross, Farmers Market Blogger

Posted by: Melia Ross on June 13, 2012 at 10:00 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... Read More >

Ashley’s Going to Workshop It Out

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on May 10, 2012 at 10:00 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... Read More >