The first Kingfield & Fulton winter market of 2014 is on Saturday, January 25th at Bachman’s on Lyndale (6010 Lyndale Ave S) from 9 am – 2pm, inside the greenhouse.
The vendor line-up is packed with meats, cheeses, pastries, prepared food, winter-wear, and even a bit of produce! What kind of produce? Think potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, rutabaga, celeriac, watermelon & daikon radishes, turnips, plus apples, fresh herbs, and fresh mushrooms. You’ll also find wheat berries, flour, wild rice, & dried beans.
There will be beer and wine to enjoy by the glass thanks to support from Fulton Beer and Bryant Lake Bowl. Find details on vendors, music, and fun activities below! Read more
The 2014 Made in Minnesota (MiM) solar incentive program has begun. This year, $15 million will be available for solar projects in Minnesota, approximately $7 million of which will be dedicated to residential solar projects. MiM will help drive a faster-than-ever expansion of solar in our state. Please join us and your neighbors for an event laying out the why and how of residential solar and the MiM incentives.
Made In Minnesota Solar – Making Solar Work for Homeowners
Wednesday, January 29, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Butter Bakery, 3700 Nicollet Ave. S.
Questions? RSVP’s—contact email@example.com
Join it, Share it! https://www.facebook.com/events/354794301329655/
Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Kingfield Neighborhood Association – Introduction
Dustin Denison, Principal of Applied Energy Innovations – Dustin will explain the key differences between the 2013 and 2014 rebate cycle and why 2014 will be the biggest year for solar in Minnesota so far.
Kim Havey, Made In Minnesota Solar Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Commerce – Kim will be explaining how the Made in Minnesota program makes solar affordable for homeowners. Information is available at www.MN.Gov/Made-in-Minnesota
AEI will be offering free solar site reviews for those interested.
Pillsbury House Theatre’s Breaking Ice Company of professional artists created a performance about our neighborhood and issues that have been brought to the forefront by the community surrounding the Seward Friendship Co-op, food access and jobs.
- Thursday 1/30/14
- Friday 1/31/14
- Saturday 2/1/14
- 7 PM (Doors Open at 6:30 PM)
- Pillsbury House Theatre 3505 Chicago Ave S
All performances and discussions will be interpreted in Spanish. If you need interpretation in any other language or other accommodations contact Hannah Kamath, 612-824-1333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Freshwater Society will be holding a free class on alternatives to salt use for melting ice at Lyndale Farmstead Park on Tuesday, January 14th, 6-8 pm. The class was originally planned for Master Water Stewards (who have gone through training through Freshwater Society) but due to low registration, the class is now open to residents who would like to join us.
The class will be taught by Jenny Winkelman, who is the Education and Outreach Manager at the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO). She will be talking about how residents can reduce their own salt use in a manner that is safe and less harmful to the environment. She will be talking about alternative solutions to salt. Salt is actually a water polluter because of chloride. When snow and ice melt, the salt that was applied gets transported with the water runoff into our lakes, streams, rivers, and groundwater. Once the chloride gets in our water, there is no way to remove it and chloride harms fish and plant life. With all the salt we apply on our roads and at our homes, you can imagine why chloride pollution is becoming a big problem, but there is hope with alternative solutions.
To register contact Ann Lynch at Lyndale Farmstead Park,
3900 Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409
612-370-4948 or email@example.com
Some of you might ask, why should I give money to my neighborhood, they are all the same aren’t they?
I want to assure you that all neighborhoods are not created equal. Kingfield is special in part because KFNA has worked really hard for the last 20 years to engage amazing neighbors in their very own neighborhood. The goal of doing this is to assist these residents in developing and sharing their own special talents and skills to solve both smaller, neighborhood-level concerns but also to pilot programs and projects that can be duplicated across the City. KFNA has helped develop programs and leaders in the areas of urban agriculture including farmers markets and community gardens, alternative energy including solar and geo-thermal education and installation, public art including tried and true methods to deter graffiti and build identity using exterior business murals and wrapped utility boxes, and much more including programs and projects focused on store-front development, street usage and traffic calming, recycling, race-based discussions and building connections to other neighborhoods and communities, and affordable housing.
KFNA uses your donations to support these programs and more. Although KFNA is fortunate to receive some support from the City of Minneapolis for the outreach and long-range planning we do in the neighborhood, the City only provides about $50,000 annually, which is less than 50% of KFNA’s annual operating budget. To continue to do all the work we do in Kingfield Neighborhood, we need your financial support as well. Donations can be made here: http://www.razoo.com/story/Kingfield-Neighborhood-Association, where you can also read about all the fabulous prizes available to donors from KFNA’s amazing volunteer board members!
KFNA’s Executive Director
A draft of the MPRB Urban Agriculture activity plan is available for public review and comment between November 6, 2013 and December 21, 2013. The Park Board encourages residents and park users to provide feedback on the draft document, and has made available a brief online survey and comment form to easily gather public opinion.
After reviewing the draft plan, you may respond to a survey or provide general comments online. Print copies of the draft plan are available in recreation centers.
All comments received are public record and will be considered for incorporation into the final plan for Board consideration and adoption in early 2014.
The draft plan was developed through an extensive community engagement process and contains recommendations related to policy, facility, program, and service improvements to better support urban agriculture activities within the park system.
The development of the Urban Agriculture activity plan is supported by the Board of Commissioners and directly linked to the goals of the MPRB Comprehensive Plan.
A Letter from KFNA’s Solarize Kingfield partner Applied Energy Innovations (AEI) is below. KFNA echoes their disappointment in the Solar Rewards application process led by Xcel Energy in 2013 and the lack-of-results of what had promised to be a step forward in providing green energy for neighbors in and around Kingfield Neighborhood.
I am writing to address the issue of moving forward with our shared solar energy goals as this disappointing 2013 solar incentive cycle draws to a close. As you are reading this message, it appears certain Xcel Energy is not going to approve the solar projects AEI submitted in early 2013 with the support of KFNA on behalf of the 10 residential properties in SW Minneapolis for rebate funding this year.
As you may recall, I wrote you a lengthy email in late October expressing my disappointment with Xcel’s poor partnership this rebate cycle.
I don’t want to belabor this point further. As my email from late October expresses, we at AEI have high hopes that Minnesota will have a much more successful, transparent, and well-administered incentive cycle in 2014.
The 2014 rebate cycle holds at least two substantial advantages over 2013:
More money – the combined incentive program for solar in Minnesota contains $20 million. These funds will be renewed each year until 2023.
New management – $15 million of the incentive dollars available will be administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER), rather than by Xcel.
We’re really glad there are more rebate/incentive dollars than ever before. However, the aspect of the 2014 rebate program that has us most hopeful for the future is the change in administration. Here’s why:
Xcel Energy is an investor-owned utility. Xcel’s primary motivation when they make decisions is to maximize returns for their shareholders – not to make the cleanest, most sustainable energy choices. On the other hand, the DER is staffed by committed professionals whose mandate is to distribute rebates and incentives in such a way as to grow solar in Minnesota. DER’s mandate stands in stark contrast with Xcel’s approach to solar rebates.
We fully expect this program to succeed in growing solar more efficiently and rapidly than all prior incentive programs. That’s why I’m asking you to stick with us. AEI is unique among solar installers in the resources we commit to project design and management. We are also unique in the resources we devote to navigating the bureaucratic steps Xcel and government agencies require of solar projects. We do this because we believe energy production and consumption must fundamentally change.
I can’t say this enough – this change in the administration of the rebate program holds great promise for the future of solar in Minnesota, and the future of solar on our community.
If neighbors in Kingfield or beyond are interested in submitting an application for the 2014 Solar Rewards program please have them contact AEI. The sooner we’re in contact with them, the more time we can put into their application.
Dustin Denison, Principal, Applied Energy Innovations