Although the current temperatures are freezing, plans for the 2015 Kingfield Pleasant Community Garden are HEATING UP!!

For people who like to garden but don’t have space or sunlight of their own, now is the time to get your plot application in!  Spots are limited, and in very high demand.

Applications are due Tuesday, March 17 More information and applications are available here!



This FREE 5-week class series on vegetable growing is offered by the U of M Master Gardener Program – Hennepin County in collaboration with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Minnesota State Horticultural Society and the Kingfield Neighborhood Association. 

Classes are on Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Dates are April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5.
Topics to be covered:
• How to start, design, plant and maintain a garden
• Info on popular vegetables
• How to harvest

Classes will be held in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Building at 4055 Nicollet Avenue.
Plan on attending all five classes.
Class participants may access communal gardening space at the park to grow vegetables.
Optional add on – classes on preserving your harvest by freezing, drying, fermenting, canning.

To register, go to…/vegetable-growing…/48914 or call 612-370-4908

El programa de Jardineria Maestra de la Universidad de Minnesota

5 clases GRATIS en jardineria horticultural (vegetales).
Las clases serán en el Jardín Comunitario de Sabathani, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis.

Las clases serán los viernes de las 6:00 hasta las 8:00 de la tarde.
Lame al 612-­‐547-­‐6910 para registrarse.

Printed via the Minneapolis 8th Ward Council Newsletter.  

The new Clean Energy Partnership Board will hold its first meeting in February. This first-of-its-kind City-utility partnership will have the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy collaborating in new ways to help Minneapolis achieve its clean energy goals, including making energy more affordable and reliable for everyone while increasing energy efficiency, increasing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gases. 

The first board meeting will be 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4. The board members are Mayor Betsy Hodges, City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, City Council Member Kevin Reich and City Coordinator Spencer Cronk for the City of Minneapolis; Laura McCarten, Regional Vice President, and Lee Gabler, Director of Demand-side Management and Renewable Operations for Xcel Energy; and Joe Vortherms, Vice President of Gas Operations, and Jeff Daugherty, Director of Regulatory Affairs, for CenterPoint Energy. City Council Member Cam Gordon is an alternate for the City of Minneapolis.

At this first quarterly meeting, along with setting its schedule and adopting bylaws, the board will also establish an Energy Vision Advisory Committee. The board will begin accepting applications from the public for the committee in the weeks following this first board meeting, so look for more information on this opportunity. The Energy Vision Advisory Committee will provide feedback on the board’s work plan and performance reports, and provide expertise or represent their Minneapolis communities.

You can find more information about the Clean Energy Board, and follow its progress, here.

Residents now have a black cart for garbage and a blue one for recycling; organics will be collected in green carts. Any organics from the home can be put in the green cart for pickup on the same day as garbage. Customers must opt in for this service and will be invited to sign up starting in April. But people don’t have to wait; any Minneapolis Solid Waste customer can sign up now. Service will be available to 25 percent of customers in August, and the rest will roll out in spring 2016. The early sign-up gives the City time to order carts and plan the routes. Neighbors, sign up now! Although the roll-out plan by neighborhood is not yet settled, lots of people expressing interest and a commitment will allow the City to leverage more money to support this new program!

The carts will be distributed only to customers who opt in. To get a green organics collection bin, Minneapolis recycling customers can request one at or by calling 612-673-2917.

For more information about what can be composted in this new program, go to this website:

YouthLink’s Nicollet Square housing project sits right in the Kingfield Neighborhood. We have received notice that a food-related project of theirs, which includes re-establishing the community garden space at Nicollet Square, is in the running for a United Way award and grant. 

According to Nicollet Square, “We envision the future of our community garden space as a community-wide initiative. If we receive this award, we’ll be reaching out to community members and organizations to work together in the gardens, host harvest dinners, and in general, create opportunities for building relationships among our young people and the greater community.”

Please share the link below with your friends and colleagues, encourage them to support this important project, and vote DAILY for “Youthlink” through January 27!

  • Click this link:
  • Scroll down to where it says “Cast your vote now!” and look for YouthLink under the “Fill the Plate” section.
  • Click the button next to YouthLink, then scroll down and hit “submit” and you’re done!

Determined by popular vote, the winner of the Greater Twin Cities United Way Centennial Volunteer Project will be awarded a $40,000 grant.  You can vote once per day now through the 27th of January. Votes are tabulated by IP address so it is ok to vote on both your computer and phone. Help us spread the word, cast your vote, and make nutritious food available for every youth!

A Kingfield Bee Conversation

Wednesday January 28

7 PM, location TBD

As many of you now know, KFNA has approved moving ahead with a hive at the Kingfield Pleasant Community Garden on the rooftop of the Center for Performing Arts.  While we are excited to be taking a step in increasing bee housing in the neighborhood, we also want to begin to discuss how we can engage the community and share information on this hive and how it fits into the bigger picture of our urban environment.

If you are interested in this topic please contact KFNA’s Executive Director at!

KFNALogoWelcome 2015!  Get the latest news on all things “Kingfield” in the latest newsletter.  This edition is being mailed to all Kingfield homes and property owners right now, but if you cannot wait, you can also read it here!

Be sure to also sign-up to receive the free, weekly Kingfield eNews, courtesy of KFNA.  the link to register is on the lefthand side of the website!

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