Covered for the Cause!

covered_for_the_cause1For the month of October, we are partnering with ShuBee® for the Covered for the Cause Campaign.

Since 2011, ShuBee® has raised over $15,000 for their Covered for the Cause Campaign for breast cancer awareness.

This year, we need your help! ShuBee® will donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for every photo homeowners post on their favorite social media site of a technician wearing pink shoe covers that includes the hashtag  ‘#coveredforthecause‘. Please also tag us @benfranklinnfld– twitter, @Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Northfield– facebook, @benjaminfranklinplumbingnfld– Instagram so we can see all the great photos!

We all know someone or are someone that has been diagnosed with breast cancer. “One in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her life.”  My own grandmother, Dorothy Kes, passed away in 1999 after a 7 year long battle.  I was 7 years old when she first got diagnosed, and at that time, I wasn’t really sure what that meant. Over the years, it became clear what it did mean. Even though she was sick most of the years that I came to know her, I still have many happy memories with her.


Pictured above Dorothy Kes along with her husband Myles Kes (featured as our favorite veteran)

So, along with helping ShuBee® reach their goal of 5,000 pictures for October 1st- October 31st, we would like to share some breast cancer facts from National Breast Cancer Foundation, INC.

Can physical activity reduce the risk of breast cancer?

Exercise boosts the immune system and helps you to keep your weight in check. With as little as three hours of exercise per week, or about 30 minutes a day, a woman can begin to lower her risk of breast cancer. This doesn’t require going to a gym either. Power walking is more than sufficient!

Can a healthy diet help to prevent breast cancer?

A nutritious, low-fat diet (30 grams or less) with plenty of fruits and green and orange vegetables can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. A high-fat diet increases the risk because fat triggers estrogen production that can fuel tumor growth.

Does a family history of breast cancer put someone at a higher risk?

Although women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history. Statistically only 5-10% of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of this disease.

How often should I go to my doctor for a check-up?

You should have a physical every year which should include a clinical breast exam and pelvic exam. If any unusual symptoms or changes in your breasts occur before your scheduled visit, do not hesitate to see the doctor immediately.

Where can I find a breast cancer support group?

NBCF has an online support group available 24/7 at Beyond The Shock. You can ask questions and get answers from your fellow survivors, learn more about breast cancer, and hear the inspiring stories of real people. If you’re looking for an in-person support group, we have created a list of third-party organizations who provide this resource.

So please help us and ShuBee® reach the goal of 5,000 pictures! Post on your favorite social media site photos of a technician in pink shoe covers and include the hashtag  ‘#coveredforthecause‘. Please also tag us @benfranklinnfld– twitter, @Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Northfield– facebook, @benjaminfranklinplumbingnfld– Instagram so we can see all the great photos!

Thank you for your support!









Tallgrass Prairie

If you have driven past our shop lately you might have noticed that we have made many improvements.  We have new pavement in front and gave the building a new coat of paint. We also added two native flowerbeds to our landscape! Our newest of the two is a tallgrass prairie. It is small but has attracted so many visitors! Bees, ants, monarchs, and more can’t keep away and it is amazing. I took the photo below on Friday. Look close, you can see the bee’s pollen basket (corbicula) for storing the pollen before the bee returns to the hive.


Did you know… “the tallgrass prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet”*. And that some of these plants can get up to 7ft tall. I have some New England Asters in bloom in my our front yard that are almost 7ft tall. Below you can see Sweet Black-eyed Susan, New England Aster, Prairie Blazing Star, Wild Quinine, Hoary Vervain, and more. You can also see the two grasses Big Bluestem and Indian Grass.


As you can see below we also added Butterfly weed, although not part of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem.


We are so excited to see what it will all look like over the years to come, 7ft tall New England Asters are a site to see! Below is a view from this morning you can see the asters a bit and right in the middle the Prairie Blazing Star!


We love to shop for native plants at Prairie Moon Nursery in Winona, MN and also right in our own town at Eco Gardens in Northfield, MN. Native plants very easy to care for, require less maintenance and attract pollinators.

Also new, we have an instagram account, benjaminfranklinplumbingnfld

And as always feel free to contact us with any of your plumbing needs 507-645-4037!

*and thanks to prairie moon nursery for that bit of knowledge!