FHS bedding plant sale; Iowa of Day nominations; Century, Heritage farm deadline
FHS plant sale begins Thursday
The Fairfield High School horticulture department will be holding its annual bedding plant sale beginning Thursday.
Hours will be from 3:30-5 p.m. or by appointment.
The horticulture students are offering several tomato varities, bell peppers, banana peppers, jalepenos, marigolds, wave petunias and other annual flowers. Most plants have been grown chemical-free.
Call the high school at 472-2059 or email FHS ag teacher and FFA advisor Ann Johnston at email@example.com for more information.
Iowan of the Day nominations due
DES MOINES — Nominations for the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products 2014 Iowan of the Day program are due July 1.
The program, which began in 1997, was created to honor individuals who exemplify the Iowa spirit of dedication, hard work and generosity. Fairfield residents recognized as Iowan of the Day include Craig Foss in 1998, Therese Cummiskey in 2001 and Jan Espy in 2006.
Ten winners will be named Iowans of the Day, and each will shine at a special day of recognition at the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Perks include: an introduction on the Anne & Bill Riley Stage, $200 cash, a golf cart for the day, VIP parking, gate admission for four, hotel accommodations at the Des Moines Downtown Marriott, four tickets to the evening Grandstand event and one-year subscriptions to Iowan and Iowa Gardening magazines.
Nominees must be residents of Iowa. Each nomination is evaluated on a number of things, including community involvement, volunteerism, personal achievements, and involvement with youth to name a few. Nominators should provide supplemental materials that emphasize these areas, such as testimonials, photos, newspaper articles, letters of recommendation and any other information that shows the judges the greatness of the nominee. A sample nomination and a video about what to include can be found on the webside www.blueribbonfoundation.org.
For nomination forms, contact Emily Friedricks at the Blue Ribbon Foundation at 800-450-3732 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Nomination forms also can be downloaded at at www.blueribbonfoundation.org.
Nomination deadline is July 1. Nominees from 2012 and 2013 also will be reconsidered.
Century, Heritage farm deadline June 1
DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is reminding eligible farm owners the deadline to apply for the 2014 Century and Heritage Farm Program is June 1.
The program recognizes families who have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms.
“The deadline for families with a Century or Heritage applications is quickly approaching, and I hope those with an eligible farm will take the time to apply,” Northey said. “This program is a great way to highlight the deep history and strong heritage of agriculture in our state.”
Farm families with a Century or Heritage Farm must submit an application to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship no later than June 1 to qualify for recognition this year.
Applications are available on the department’s website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov by clicking on the Century Farm or Heritage Farm link under “Hot Topics.”
Applications also can be requested from Becky Lorenz, coordinator of the Century and Heritage Farm Program, via phone at 515-281-3645, email at Becky.Lorenz@IowaAgriculture.gov or by writing to Century or Heritage Farms Program, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Henry A. Wallace Building, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines 50319.
The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. The ceremony to recognize the 2014 Century and Heritage Farms is scheduled Aug. 12 at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.
The Century Farm program began in 1976 as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration and 17,851 farms from across the state have received this recognition. The Heritage Farm program started in 2006, on the 30th anniversary of the Century Farm program, and 650 farms have been recognized.
Last year, 365 Century Farms and 67 Heritage Farms were recognized.