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Neighborhood Sustainability Fair at Faith Mennonite April 13 – Recycle small electronics and more

Photo of kids working on a "web of life", working with  natural materials and scraps of cloth from people in the neighborhood at 2012 Sustainability Fair.

These kids are working on a “web of life”, working with natural materials and scraps of cloth from people in the neighborhood at the 2012 Sustainability Fair

12:00 – 4:30
Faith Mennonite Church
2720 E. 22^nd St.

Once again the Faith Mennonite Church community and the Seward Neighborhood Group, and the SNG Environment Committee will be co-sponsoring the Neighborhood Sustainability Fair, where you and your friends and family can bring small electronics to recycle—including old cell phones, defunct electric toothbrushes, old laptops, or digital thermometers. You can also bring your bike for a tune-up, your gently used clothing for the clothing swap, and garden seeds for the seed exchange. Find out how to start a worm box, meet the worms up personal, and maybe get a worm to feed our visiting chickens. Or come to the SNG Environment Committee table to find out whether we owe you $150.00.

In case all this whets your appetite, Sisters Camelot will be serving free food from their famous bus. This is an opportunity to meet your neighbors, who are contributing to a more sustainable neighborhood, and to share your ideas with them. Try to bike or walk, as parking will be at a premium and traffic will be problematic, due to two fairs on the same day.

We welcome volunteers to help with set-up, take-down, and tabling. If you have a sustainable living skill you can share or an organization you’d like to represent, we invite you to contact us. E-mail Phil Stoltzfus, at minstaff@faithmennonite.org.

Birchwood Cafe Request for Support

Dear Neighbors~

My name is Tracy Singleton and I write to you as both neighbor and neighborhood businessperson. I own three adjoining properties in Seward: my home of almost 18 years at 2501 33rd Ave South, the neighboring house at 2505 33rd Avenue South, and the Birchwood Cafe, the business I’ve operated for almost 17 years at 3311 East 25th Street.

As the Birchwood Cafe approaches our 17th anniversary, I am truly grateful to the Seward community. I’ve been able to grow a neighborhood business and support a burgeoning local foods movement, literally in my own back yard. Raising my daughter in the embrace of both the Birchwood and Seward communities is part of the good fortune of owning a local business with deep roots; roots that stretch back to the original Birchwood owners and stewards of this important neighborhood legacy. Continue reading

Community Garden Day Aug. 11 – Mustard Seed Seward Community Garden Opens its “Gates”

On Saturday, August 11, 2012 community gardens across the State of

Minnesota will celebrate Community Garden Day, a statewide community garden
open house . On this day, *60 participating community
host events in their garden that are free and open to the public.

In Seward, the following community gardens will be hosting celebrations on
August 11th:

   – Mustard Seed Community Garden at 36th Ave S and E 26th St from 6-9pm
   – There are also community garden celebrations taking place in the
   nearby Longfellow and Phillips neighborhoods throughout the day

Event times and activities vary from garden to garden, and include art
projects, kids activities, garden tours, potlucks, musical acts,
presentations on horticultural topics, and more.  *For a complete listing
of participating gardens, event times and activities view the Directory of
Participating Gardens available at www.gardeningmatters.org*

The purpose of Community Garden Day is to provide an opportunity for the
public to learn more about these community spaces directly from the people
who steward them and the events will be as unique as the gardens in which
they are located.

Let us know that you'll be partaking in Community Garden Day
celebrations–either as a community garden host or visitor by joining our
event on Facebook<http://e2ma.net/go/11088498909/208934376/234594113/1405477/goto:http://www.facebook.com/events/189102764554502/>!
*While you're there, be sure to share the event with your friends and

*The City of Minneapolis will pass a resolution recognizing  the
contributions of community gardens and gardeners to the community and city.
The resolutions to official declare August 11 2012 Community Garden Day in
Minneapolis will be presented at *THIS Friday's regularly scheduled city
council meeting:*

Minneapolis Community Garden Day Proclamation
Friday, August 3, 2012, 9:30am
City Council Chambers, Rm 317, City Hall
350 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Community gardeners and supporters are asked to attend these meetings to
accept passage of the resolution and receive the proclamation alongside
Gardening Matters.* Please RSVP by using the Facebook events for
Minneapolis<http://www.facebook.com/events/342742135805625/>or St.
Paul <http://www.facebook.com/events/342742135805625/> (or replying to this
post) to let us know you'll be attending.

Community Garden Day is organized by Gardening Matters, a Twin Cities-based
nonprofit that grows successful & sustainable community gardens in MN by
supporting the gardeners that make them happen. This day recognizes the
residents who work together to improve their communities through gardening.

More about the Multiple Benefits of Community
well as a Snapshot
of Community Gardens in
available at

See you in the garden!

Seward Co-op is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a big party on Saturday, August 4 at East River Flats

Seward Co-op is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a big party on Saturday, August 4 at East River Flats near the University of Minnesota.

Complete details are at the website: http://www.seward.coop/40thanniversary

And there is a Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/453665914647180/
The event at East River Flats park is free to attend, and includes music, activities for kids & info booths. Attendees can purchase food and beverages, as well as massages and art, from local vendors.