The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has begun a process to develop a plan to support urban agriculture. This plan will guide the MPRB in defining and prioritizing community needs, recommending service delivery goals, and guiding allocation of funds to support urban agriculture within the park system. Share your thoughts at an upcoming public meeting or submit comments online.
Why should Kingfielders care about this? Many Kingfield residents have expressed interest in developing a community garden at Dr. Martin Luther King Park. Current policy forbids this use of park land. If we want neighbors to engage in nurturing gardens and food production on open and often underutilized and over-mowed park green space, we need to encourage an Park Board Urban Agriculture policy change! Please share your opinion with MPRB!
5 Public Meetings:
- Tuesday, November 13, 3-4:30 p.m. at Logan Rec Center
- Thursday, November 15, 6-7:30 p.m. at Linden Hills Rec Center
- Saturday, November 17, 10-11:30 a.m. at MPRB Headquarters
- Monday, December 3, 6-7:30 p.m. at Farview Rec Center
- Tuesday, December 4, 6-7:30 p.m. at Nokomis Rec Center
…to celebrate local food and Minnesota Farm to School Month!
You’re Invited Friday, September 21, 2012 4 – 7 p.m. MPS Culinary Center – 812 N. Plymouth Ave.
MPS will host it’s first Farm to School Community BBQ to celebrate the school district’s efforts to provide fresh, local and healthy foods to students. “This is all part of our broader efforts to serve real foods in our school meals.” Bertrand Weber There will be fun activities for the whole family! Local dignitaries will join the celebration to honor MPS’ Farm to School program which aims to feature healthy, fresh food in school meals and connect students with where their food comes from.
GREAT FOOD – FARM ANIMALS – FACE PAINTING – MEET LOCAL FARMERS- GARDENING ACTIVITIES – TASTE TESTS – COMPOST DEMO – RESOURCES – CORN SHUCKING CONTEST – AND MORE!
Plus each week dozens of other volunteers support this table and work via KFNA to keep you informed on all neighborhood events, activities, and issues including your one-stop location for Chinook Books. Here is the pitch…you could pick up a Chinook Book at a regular store, BUT why not support a nonprofit’s greening activities when you purchase? When you buy a Chinook at the Kingfield Farmers Market 100% of the profits go to KFNA for greening and community gardens in Kingfield!
Diners will enjoy a 4-course meal made with ingredients grown in our community gardens and supplemented by vendors at the Kingfield Farmers Market including Braucher’s Sunshine Harvest Farm + Love Tree Farm + Singing Hills Goat Farm. Dinner will be prepared and served by KFNA’s Pleasant Garden Coordinator Suzie Lillyblad along with other garden volunteers. See photos of dinners earlier this season here! This fundraiser is to further the community garden group’s mission of connecting gardens and gardeners in Kingfield where we are working to add two new community gardens in 2013!
To attend the Sept 15 Garden to Table dinner email email@example.com. Must RSVP by 9/14/12 at 9 AM! Please include your name, contact info, and how many seats you need. Each seat is $55 and you can provide payment at the meal. We will confirm your reservation.
Where “passing the salad” almost means reaching into the lettuce patch next to your seat.
- ByAnna Schier, Southwest Patch
Garden to Table is a monthly dinner party featuring produce from the Kingfield Community Pleasant Avenue Garden. Each party is held in the garden itself at West 38th Street and Pleasant Avenue.
“I think it’s a wonderful gathering space for people,” said Suzie Lillyblad-Larson, who is the Pleasant Avenue garden coordinator. Read the rest!
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 will host events in their garden that are free and open to the public. View a map of participating gardens online at www.gardeningmatters.org
To attend a future Garden to Table dinner email firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include your name, contact info, the dinner date you desire (Aug 18 or Sept 15), and how many seats you need. Each seat is $55. We will confirm your reservation and arrange payment at that time. In case of rain, the dinner will be relocated to a sheltered location and proceed as planned!