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The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Urban Agriculture Activity Plan was developed through an extensive community engagement process. The plan contains recommendations related to policy, facility, program, and service improvements to better support urban agriculture within the parks. The Board of Commissioners supports establishment of an implementation team to fulfill the goals of the plan. The role of the implementation team is to guide project planning and implementation, provide project oversight, and communicate team progress among a broad audience of stakeholders. The work of the Implementation team will guide the plan’s implementation for many years ahead.

The MPRB is now accepting applications from Minneapolis residents for three appointed positions on this team. Applications are due April 20, 2015. Appointment notifications will be made shortly thereafter. For more information about this team, read the Team Charter. Questions? Contact Ginger Cannon at gcannon@minneapolisparks.org or 612-230-6413.

*Note–if you live in Kingfield, apply for this, and are seated on the Team please let us know at info@kingfield.org as we would love to be “in the know” on the implementation of this Plan.

Support Local Bakers! (ours!)

ButterButter Bakery Cafe will be starting up the Spring/Summer breadshare again in May/June.  Sign up with them for a weekly bread pick up – with sandwich breads, rolls, toasting loafs and other great tasty creations from the butter bakery cafe bakers.  Get on our list by sending your name and contact info to daniel@butterbakerycafe.com.

Also remember you can sign up for any of 4 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Shares at Butter as well!  They serve as the host and pick-up location for:

Big River Farm
Turnip Rock Farm
Sleepy Root Farm
Twin Lakes CSA (new!)

KFNA has been working with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Park, 4-H, and the Hennepin County Master Gardeners to create to create a robust youth eco-eduction program at King Park for years.  This year the program will be even bigger and will feature a partnership between the Park Board and 4-H and will provide programming at a number of park sites this summer!  The partners are seeking qualified staff for this program, a partial description is below and the full description is linked as well.

Position Description: The Outdoor Science and Engineering Adventure Summer Camp Director will plan, lead, and deliver 5 one week long summer camps in a fun, safe, learning environment focusing on science and environmental exploration. Minneapolis Park and Recreation locations include; Martin Luther King Park, Sibley Park, Pershing Park, East Phillips Park, and Van Cleve Park in Minneapolis.

The Camp Director will work in collaboration with a Co-Camp Director with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) to engage Minneapolis youth in Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM). Core science curriculum that will be used includes; Explore It and Design It and Environmental Education curriculum: Citizen Science Driven to Discover and others.

This position will begin the week of June 29 and end August 17. The position consists of 30 hours per week and includes 18 hours of direct programming and 12 hours of planning, evaluation, reporting, and administrative tasks.

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Calling all Bikers! Recyclers! And Honey Bee Butterflyers! Join the Kingfield Earth Day Celebration!

Saturday April 25, 9:30 AM – 1 PM!

MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave S

Come bring in the Spring with biking, Seed Bomb making, Electronic Recycling. Permaculture games and Earth Friendly Fun!

We will be showcasing:

  • Tech Dump – on site electronic recycling
  • a Parkwide cleanup,
  • Minneapolis Bike Coalition,
  • Boot Strap Farm,
  • New York Life Financial and
  • the Amazing Seed Swap event!

Since 1995, the City of Minneapolis has been celebrating Earth Day by providing a volunteer experience and environmental education at many of its parks.  This year, MLK Park will continue the tradition, and add a few new ones!  Stop by to pick up some gloves and trash bags so you can help us clean up the park and our neighborhood.

While at the Park, check out information tables and earthy-friendly activities like making a seed bomb, playing a recycling game, and learning how to help our friends, the pollinators.  Be sure to bring your unwanted seeds for a great seed swap, and your old cell phones and chargers for on-site cell phone recycling by TechDump.  Learn how to use the City’s 311 application and win a free high-efficiency/energy saving light bulb (good for the planet AND your budget).  There will be presentations and information from Marianna Padilla’s Organic Gardening, Bootstrap Urban Farm, Minneapolis Bike Coalition, Sister’s Camelot, and New York Life.  Check out our Facebook page for more details about planned activities: https://www.facebook.com/events/1591892167731677/

We are still seeking some day-of volunteers; can you help? Just contact Cheryl at Cheryl@kingfield.org !

The queens and their workers took up residence on April 11 in the two hives built just for them on the roof of the Center for Performing Arts. They will be busy this summer pollinating the plants in the Kingfield Pleasant Community Garden and surrounding areas.

IMG_1692Most fruits and vegetables you harvest from your garden are provided courtesy of bees. Unfortunately, since 2006, billions of honeybees have died worldwide. Scientists don’t know exactly why it’s happening but suspect that a combination of viruses, parasites, pesticides, habitat loss and stress may all be factors. Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, has scientists, farmers and even economists very concerned. By adding our honeybee apiary to the Kingfield Neighborhood we’re increasing the local bee population and helping to ensure that your garden has enough pollinators to keep blooming all season long! Pictures of their arrival have been posted on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kingfield-Community-Gardens/238847772803794 Be sure to Like the page to follow the adventures of making Kingfield a great place for all of our pollinating friends!

recycling-symbolGreat News! The Kingfield Neighborhood will once again have a neighborhood-wide garage sale on Saturday, May 16th, 2015 from 9am-2pm!  Need to get rid of items you no longer want?  Trying to declutter but hate to donate your valuable possessions??  Start sorting and marking your items now, and be sure to submit your garage sale registration form BY TUESDAY, MAY 12th at 9PM!!!  Let KFNA do the advertising – click here for the registration form: Garage Sale Registration Form 2015

Need some hints on how to have a successful garage sale?  Check out this article in eHow: http://www.ehow.com/how_2243759_have-successful-garage-sale.html

The map that every green-oriented resident of Minneapolis has been waiting for is out.

Reprinted from MinnPost

As the city rolls out its curbside organics recycling system, it is only able to serve about a quarter of the city in Phase 1. Those are the residents who can begin putting organics in new bins for regular city collection starting in August. The map released this morning shows those areas in green.  See more: https://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2015/03/map-which-minneapolis-neighborhoods-are-getting-organics-recycling-first

You can see the map on MinnPost…sadly Kingfield will have to wait until 2016. Boo! 

 

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