• Combine an escape to nature with support for a talented photographer who’s just down the road….Craig Blacklock and his wife have been forced to close their gallery in Moose Lake and shop in Duluth, but you can still purchase Craig’s amazing book on the St. Croix or his other beautiful nature photography books. He’s offering huge discounts, how about a surprise gift for a health care worker and their kids in your neighborhood? Or start your Christmas shopping early.
  • Been meaning to start a backyard veggie garden but haven’t because you’re not really sure what to do? This is the year to start, and here’s an on-line series of supportive videos plus a starter kit to help you! The Farm Table Foundation in Amery, WI and Dragonfly Gardens are encouraging everyone to get in the spirit of the Victory Gardens of WW I and II and plant your garden. If Amery is too far, get your starter plants locally but still follow along with the videos. Or here’s another idea…head to Amery for a bit of adventure and to pick up your starter plants, call ahead for take-out from the Farm Table Restaurant then head to a park along the Apple River to enjoy a picnic while you are socially distant in Amery.

Photo Credit: City of Amery, WI

C’mon Covid Crafters, there’s more to be done! Governor Walz is asking us to double down and keep (or begin) making masks this week, and then deliver them to your local fire station next Saturday, April 25 between 10-2 pm. The masks will be brought to ‘congregate living facilities’ such as local senior living facilities. Find patterns and videos here or here.The Berlin Philharmonic orchestra is offering free access to some amazing concerts. Enjoy some beautiful music at home while you help flatten the curve.Although not free, lose yourself in a nature show, or watch old episodes of Julia Child’s cooking shows or other options, by becoming a member of Twin Cities Public Television TPT and then bump up your donation to get on-line access with the TPT Passport.A supporter recently made this suggestion for interesting podcast listening: The Anthropocene Reviewed. The Anthropocene is the current geological age, with author and host John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) exploring interesting topics each podcast.We are walking again this Saturday, April 25 at 9, from the folk school parking lot (550 Pine Street, Marine, 55047). We walk about an hour, keeping strict adherence to 6-foot separation and other guidelines. As always, if you are not feeling well or coughing, stay home! And if state and local public health guidelines change, we will also change our plans. 
Wild Leek photo credit: Craig Blacklock