Tag Archive for food

Minneapolis Composting

Special thanks to Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association for its excellent Minneapolis composting and recycling forum in 2015, where much of this was discussed The mixture of nitrogen-rich greens from food waste, and carbon-based browns from yard waste, combine over a six- to nine-month period to create useable compost for landscaping and road construction projects. But even…

Homegrown Minneapolis: A Local Resource Guide

“The main way that most people will experience climate change is through the impact on food: the food they eat, the price they pay for it, and the availability and choice that they have.” — Tim Gore, head of food policy and climate change, Oxfam There is a reason we are hearing more about urban…

YOUTH: Cool Ideas to Reuse Garbage

Garbage by Type (EPA)

by Dylan Morrissette, entering 6th grade, Anthony Middle School Did you know that with just newspaper, rolled up paper bags and special glue I made a wolf head, thanks to the May Day workshops put on by The Heart of the Beast? I’ve also been a spider and a Chinese dragon. My sister has been a bird…

Support Green Businesses

Common Roots Cafe, Minneapolis

These are some of the businesses, housing developments and green restaurants in Minneapolis that have been recognized (as of June 2015) as Hennepin County Environmental Partners. That means they have taken steps to put green practices into effect, such as recycling, re-use and composting. Consult this list for places you can support for their respect…

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…

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…