Have you ever been curious about the men and women who are operating local, sustainable farms in the Twin Cities area? You have an opportunity this Saturday to meet some of them by taking the second annual Eat Local Farm Tour.
Sponsored by Twin Cities’ co-op grocers, “Meet Your Farmer!” encourages urbanites to discover where their food comes from, peek at the inner workings of farm life and sample products.
Eleven Minnesota farmers participated in the 2011 inaugural tour, which drew more than 500 attendees. The farms, which supply vegetable, meat and dairy products to local food cooperatives, are all within a 100-mile radius of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
The free, self-guided tour is Saturday, July 21. Hours of operations differ from farm to farm. Find a free, detailed guidebook with maps at all participating co-op locations: Eastside, Just Food, Lakewinds, Linden Hills, Mississippi Market, River Market, Seward, St. Peter, Valley Natural Foods and The Wedge.
For more information, visit the tour’s Facebook page: facebook.com/EatLocalFarmTour.coop.
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Thank you so much to everyone who came out for the West End Garden Tour. If nothing else, you at least saved my friends hours of “conversation” where I talk at them about my garden – and they smile and nod absently…
I was amazed that so many people came out, even during the pouring rain! I had a constant stream of people from the very beginning to the very end, and really got a feeling for the types of projects that I’m working on that people are interested in. I will be blogging about those soon-to-come.
This year the garden tour was a double-edged sword for me because while I did get to show my own garden off, I was unable to see the other incredible gardens on the tour. So, if you have a garden in the neighborhood and happen to see a hippie wading through your perennial bed in her running clothes, please just take it as a compliment of the highest order.
The witness protection program is no match for my love of these Valentines.
To the left is the screenshot from the corpse flower live web-cam today. It’s expected to bloom in the next few days. If you haven’t had a chance to see one of these crazy flowers in action, seriously check it out.
This flower, BOB, measures over six feet tall and is 18 years old. You can find him at the McNeely Conservatory.
While you’re over there, also be sure to check out the incredible edible garden exhibit!
Vedge – and you with vegetables in your kitchen! :: Design of the future. It looks like it’s a concept design at this point, but I posted a comment on the blog, begging for more info.
I finally got my Earth Machine up and running, and so now I’m in a “compost EVERYTHING” mode. Planet Green has an article “75 things you can compost, but thought you couldn’t.” And, among other helpful composting articles, “How to Make Hot Compost,” how to compost without a yard, and a Guerilla human waste composting program in Chicago. Since reading these, I’ve decided to piss in my compost bin.
Planet Green also told me where to buy a yippie compost bin (read: hippie + yuppie). I want it.
Unrelatedly, Ready Made posted an article, “The Captivating Case of Quinoa” about how quinoa got to the U.S. from South America. Relatedly, only a few of my quinoa seeds have sprouted so far. Is anyone out there having success with it?
Even being new to gardening, I’ve found that labels for herbs are completely decorative or, at the most, their utility is for guests wandering around your yard (guests who have never had an herb garden, I mean). These garden stakes fulfill both of those possibilities. In my yard they would add some structural interest, to detract from the fact my front lawn will generally be ug-o in early spring and late fall.
I can’t help but consider this Awesome Urn Will Turn You into a Tree After You Die | Design for Good | Big Think.