Minnetrista Blogs

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 >

5 Tips for a Smoother Wedding Day

Posted by: Amanda Kavars & Stephanie Wiles on April 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

If you visit Minnetrista in the spring, you notice the buds on the trees, the flowers in bloom, the grass freshly mowed, and the event team gearing up for another wedding season.  We know it is every brides dream to have the perfect wedding day.... Read More >

A Really Big Playroom

Posted by: Maureen Spell on April 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

One of my favorite times of the year is spring. Trees begin to bud and blossom, birds are building nests, flowers are blooming, and everything is coming to life after a cold winter. It is the perfect time to go outside and start exploring and... Read More >

Fire at the Frank C. Ball Home

Posted by: Karen Vincent on February 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

“A most heartbreaking thing happened this evening,” wrote Rosemary Ball Bracken in her diary entry of Tuesday, February 28, 1967. That event was the fire that destroyed Rosemary’s childhood home. Rosemary’s parents, Frank and Bessie Ball, built their home on land overlooking the White River... Read More >