Green Visions

A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m.  Green Visions is brought to you by Duluth Grill and Heritage Window and Door.

Lisa Johnson

Tips for Hardy Gardeners host Tom Kasper joins us this morning to talk about plants and gardening for apartments and senior living situations, Mother's Day gifts and his own generous offer for members who pledge their support this morning on Northland Morning!

This morning's conversation with Walt Raschick about Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival revealed information about "invasions" by the festival into the Iron Range and the Twin Cities.

Luckily, he was talking music and not buckthorn.  But City of Duluth Volunteer Coordinator Cheryl Skafte says the Parks initiative to eradicate invasive species - and the formation of Rapid Response Teams - means business.

Wrenshall pork farmer Matt Weik joins us to talk about how fatal viruses spread in farm animals, and how he feels humane and anti-biotic free practices create healthier populations.

Shaye Moris is the executive director of the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. She talks about their work keeping food out of the landfills and into hungry Northlanders.

Kim LaBo of the Healthy Legacy Coalition talks about a bill before the Minnesota Legislature that would make sure the public has information about any children's product that might contain toxic chemicals. 

Hartley Nature Center

Tom O'Rourke, executive director of Hartley Nature Center, describes what the $600 thousand dollar award will do for park improvements.

UMD's Alison Hoxie is a professor of Renewable Energy Systems at UMD and she talks about UMD's small wind turbine project.

Tim Bates is the associate director of Rec Sports on campus ... and he says the skiing is great at UMD's Bagley Nature Center.

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