Growing Things

The food, organic farmers, bees, community gardens, and other planting and crawling things that are making us Green

How to Plant for Bees

submitted by Dylan M., 5th grader, Whittier International There is a Dr. Smart (that is his real name!) who works as a researcher at the Bee Lab at the University of Minnesota. He is making a blood test for honeybees that helps people figure out if bees are getting the right nutrition. The lab is…

Growing New Gardeners in Longfellow

The Longfellow neighborhood has excellent neighborhood leadership and offers a number of initiatives designed to create a sustainable community. One of those programs is “Chard Your Yard: More Growing, Less Mowing.” Longfellow resident and co-organizer for Transition Longfellow, Leslie MacKenzie, explained this signature spring program. Q: What is “Chard Your Yard?” Transition Longfellow, a neighborhood…

Why Farmer’s Markets Are Important

Midwest flood

excerpt from “Why Local Food Is Vital,” by MPLSGreen founder Mikki Morrissette On a recent Saturday afternoon, I sat down with an iced vanilla nirvana in my favorite coffeeshop and started reading a 2010 book by Bill McKibben called Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Admittedly, I sat down with McKibben’s book…

Edible Weeds We Should Love

By Russ Henry, Giving Tree Gardens Now that we’ve legitimately dug out from our mild Minnesota winter, and are digging in to our growing season, there are three things — as a long-time landscaper — that I tell anyone who asks. 1) Double dig in order to turn a small yard into a year-round produce…

CSA: Featherstone Farm

The summer of 2010 was a “watershed moment” for Featherstone owner Jack Hedin, in terms of understanding the immediate impact of global climate change on agriculture. He wrote an excellent essay that was published as an op-ed in The New York Times (I recommend reading it; excerpt below) indicating that even his great-grandfather, a pioneering…

CSA: Steady Hand Farm

As a history graduate and Milwaukee librarian, California transplant Jason Riess discovered the writings of Wendell Berry and Michael Pollan. Almost instantaneously inspired, he decided, “I have to do something.” In 2009, he quit his job and joined a farm in western Wisconsin. [For a similar tale of inspiration, see the MPLS Green Guide “Why…

10 Steps for Sustainable Living

Introducing the vision of implementing sustainability habits in 10 days, and the experts at a recent MPLS Green forum Our neighborhoods… our communities… our cities… our country…. our planet is interconnected. We can’t take one step without affecting another. In a similar vein, every step we take can make a positive impact on something else.…

Policies Changing Around Sustainable Food

Good news! Green Biz reports this week that nutrition experts are now recommending sustainability of diet as a goal. Bob Langert, former VP of Sustainability at McDonald’s, wrote an article indicating that the group that creates federal nutrition guidelines is now including recommendations around sustainability of diet. The definition: “Sustainable diets are a pattern of…