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An author visit from Joel Karsten  will be held June 7 at 1:00 p.m. at the Granite Falls City Hall to discuss Straw Bale Gardening.
Grow a garden without weeding, without the “heavy lifting” and without getting down on your hands and knees. If you thought the only place to grow healthy vegetable crops was in back dirt, you must attend this presentation.
Learn to grow a bountiful garden without using herbicides or insecticides. Learn to plant a wide variety of vegetables, root crops, vine crops, and even beautiful flowers, directly into your “conditioned” straw bale. Any backyard, concrete patio, rooftop or driveway, can become a productive garden space.
Karsten is the author of two best-selling books on Straw Bale Gardening which sprouted from seeds planted by his Grandma Josephine when he was only knee-high.
In March 2013, the New York Times called his method “revolutionary” in a full page feature article that has sparked over 600 media appearances in the months since then, launching “Straw Bale Gardens” his latest book to the best seller list internationally.
Karsten’s methods have already inspired publishers in 12 foreign languages to translate the book for sale all over the world. He has appeared at several international gardening events around the world and is passionate about sharing his methods with gardeners everywhere.
Karsten is a proud graduate of the University of Minnesota in Horticulture Science, and is also a member of the Certified Nursery Professionals through the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.
 He will encourage audiences to try new concepts, ideas, and techniques washing away any hesitation they’ve ever had about vegetable gardening.
The program is sponsored by Granite Falls Public Library and Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.