We hope that neighbors have all received this in your mailbox already, but if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet our summer edition is now online here!
We have 2 fun projects planned to help our bees: Bee Hotels and a Pollinator Patch
KINGFIELD BEE HOTELS – Learn More at Tonight’s Green Team Meeting! 7pm at MLK Park
Similar to bird houses, bee hotels (or bee houses) are created structures that provide safe haven and nesting spots for solitary bees – many species of native bees are solitary and do not live in hives but instead construct their own nest. We can brainstorm construction ideas and create a plan to place them (and care for them) at the new MLK Park Pollinator Patch, the Kingfield Pleasant Community Garden, and at Butter Bakery Café.
MLK PARK POLLINATOR PATCH
We are hoping to add a small native pollinator-friendly garden, but we need a core group of volunteers to help plant, but most important, I have to show that the volunteers are also committed to maintaining the plants throughout the summer and fall. If you are interested, send an e-mail to Cheryl@Kingfield.org for more information.
What should I use for mulch?
Come to MLKing Park Garden 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, June 12 rain or shine
We will look at various mulches
Help spread leaves, straw, cardboard, burlap
See how the garden is growing
All produce goes to Aliveness Project, 3808 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis 2040 in focus: How the City’s draft comprehensive plan addresses climate change
How will Minneapolis adapt to climate change?
Minneapolis 2040—the City’s draft comprehensive plan that will shape how Minneapolis will grow and change over the next two decades so all residents benefit—tackles climate change head on. City staff are taking comments on the plan through July 22 and will present a revised plan to the City Council later this year.
Climate change resilience is one of the plan’s key goals adopted by the City Council based on feedback from the public early in the planning process. The draft plan states: “In 2040, Minneapolis will be resilient to the effects of climate change and diminishing natural resources, and will be on track to achieve an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”
The plan features several proposed policies to make the city more resilient to the effects of climate change, including achieving steep increases in the energy efficiency of buildings; reducing the carbon impact of transportation through reduced single-occupancy vehicle trips and phasing out of fossil fuel vehicles; focusing on complete streets that prioritize walking first followed by bicycling, transit use and lastly, motor vehicles; and improving the tree canopy, among other strategies.
“The worst impacts of climate change are not inevitable,” the plan notes. “Moving to a more energy-efficient economy, renewable and reliable energy sources for buildings and transportation, and a less wasteful system has the potential not only to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but to improve public health, clean the air and water, and keep more dollars in the local economy.
To learn more and comment on the proposed policies, visit minneapolis2040.com. Comments also can be shared on Twitter: #Mpls2040 @Mpls2040.
The City of Minneapolis’ Communications Department will be sharing a series of short articles in coming weeks taking a closer look at Minneapolis 2040: the City’s draft comprehensive plan that will shape how the city will grow and change over the next two decades. The City is taking comments on the plan through July 22.
Hey Kingfield gardeners – the Kingfield Pleasant Community Garden received A LOT of compost, way more than we can use. If you would like to come and take some for your garden, just bring a bucket and shovel! The pile is in the parking lot behind the Center for Performing Arts, 3754 Pleasant Ave S, under a big blue tarp. Please take what you need, and cover the pile back up in case of rain… Can’t get here this weekend? Send an e-mail to Cheryl@Kingfield.org next week to see if any is still left before trekking over. Happy gardening!!!