Tag Archives: Gardens

Growing Lots Urban Farm Spring Open House this Saturday

If you haven’t been to our Seward growing space yet, this is a chance
to meet your local-est farmers see what kind of abundance and
creativity are possible in urban spaces. You can ask us for gardening
tips and also learn about season extension, Community Supported
Agriculture, urban beekeeping, mushroom production and more.

Sat. April 27, 11AM-2PM
1912 22nd St E

Farm and High Tunnel Tours
Samples of early greens and shoots
Demonstration beehive by the Beez Kneez
Garden art and scavenger hunt for the kids!
Displays by Cherry Tree House Mushrooms and Urban Garden Supply

More details at Growing Lots Urban Farm site.

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“Share a Share” Program at Growing Lots Urban Farm

…beginning in 2013, Growing Lots is partnering with the Brian Coyle food shelf to distribute dedicated CSA shares each week to local families in need. Located just a mile up the road from our farm in Cedar-Riverside, the Brian Coyle Community Center serves one of the most diverse and densely populated neighborhoods in the state.

Read about the “Share a Share” Program

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
gardens<http://e2ma.net/go/11088498909/208934376/234594112/1405477/goto:http://gardeningmatters.org/sites/default/files/directory_participating_gardens.pdf>will
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
networks!

*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
Gardens<http://e2ma.net/go/11088498909/208934376/234594114/1405477/goto:http://www.gardeningmatters.org/sites/default/files/Multiple%20Benefits_2012.pdf>as
well as a Snapshot
of Community Gardens in
Minnesota<http://e2ma.net/go/11088498909/208934376/234594115/1405477/goto:http://www.gardeningmatters.org/community-garden-facts-and-figures>are
available at
www.gardeningmatters.org<http://e2ma.net/go/11088498909/208934376/234594116/1405477/goto:http://www.gardeningmatters.org>

See you in the garden!

Seward Lovers of May Day! May Day 2012 Food Justice and Compost Working Group Brainstorm, Friday, March 2 March 2nd, 10-12

Hello Seward Neighbors and lovers of May Day!

I know many of you have been very active in May Day, including all of your artists, and those that have been real Food Justice and Compost Advocates, so I wanted to share this with you too!

I wanted to let you know that I rescheduled the May Day 2012 Food Justice and Compost Brainstorm for Friday, March 2nd from 12-12. At this brainstorm, we will be coming up with ideas together on how to make ideas around food justice and compost interactive, and how to capture the energy of the day into something that encourages attendees to get more involved.

At May Day this year, there will be an Off the Grid section (where the soccer/baseball fields are). In this section, we hope to create a mini “Transition Town” with a town square and all. We will be hopefully offering skill sharing opportunities, riding weird bikes, and doing other fun things. We could build mosaics and other types of things that we could keep in our neighborhoods. There are lots of ideas that each of you hold in your heads that just explode when you get other folks in the room jabbering about how awesome this/ that might be. We hope to sit in a room with you, and let these happen, and then try to see whats feasible. This year these are happening around three main focus areas: Transportation, Energy, and Food.

Folks are brainstorming about each of these topics separately, and at some point soon (mid March) we will bring all of these ideas together to see what’s feasible). In April we will have some build dates, to build puppets and other things that we can use to make our “Transition Town”. These dates will be set shortly, and I will let you know all about them.

What to keep in mind:
*The Living Green Expo happens this same weekend. They’ve got their style down pat, and there’s no need to mimic that! We want these ideas to be birthed out of the creativity, traditions, and style of what May Day is to each of us. That means lets leave the info tables in info alley, and find creative ways to share info with folks. Let’s think outside of the box on how to engage our neighbors and neighborhoods. What can we really do to inspire ourselves and others to live in harmony with the world.
*How can we honor everyone who is doing this already! Many cultures, including those that live right here in community, do many activities that are already more sustainable than the American way of life. How can we honor those?
*Commons. Please feel free to share this email with friends, we want to be able to share ideas and thoughts widely.
*In the Heart of the Beast, has a GREEN TEAM, working on energy, food, and waste for the festival itself. We need many volunteers for each of these ventures. Spread this widely.

I hope you are as excited about this as I am, and I hope you are able to come. Please email me back with an RSVP (corrine.bruning at gmail.com), or let me know if you are unable to meet during the day time. Also, please feel free to email/ call with questions (612) 229-4471.

The location more than likely will be In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, I will update this post when it has been confirmed!

In loving kindness,
Corrine Bruning
Wearer of Many Hats
Community Organizer
Contact for Off the Grid Section
E-democracy.org Outreach Coordinator
corrine.bruning at gmail.com
(612)229.4471

Seward Co-op’s 10th Annual CSA Fair is April 16!

Seward Co-op’s 10th Annual CSA Fair
Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join us under a big tent in the parking lot for an event that’s become a co-op tradition – the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair! CSA is a direct partnership between consumers and local producers. Members of CSAs purchase shares in a farm’s harvest, which helps cover yearly operating costs. In return for that investment, members receive fresh product – delivered to a specific drop site in the Twin Cities – throughout the growing season. Seward Co-op is proud to be a meeting point for those committed to a local food economy! We’ll be hosting approximately 30 farmers on April 16; allowing community members an opportunity to visit directly with producers and to learn details about each farm’s CSA program. In addition, there will be music, raffle drawings and demos inside the co-op!

Visit Seward Co-op’s website for more information and for the list of the farms who will be in attendence: