Tuesday, February 28, 2012

2012 CSA Farm Directory available

From the The Land Stewardship Project:

Spring is just around the corner and eaters in Minnesota and western Wisconsin who want to receive fresh, sustainably-produced food on a weekly basis during the 2012 growing season can reserve a share in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm today. The Land Stewardship Project’s 2012 Twin Cities, Minnesota & Western Wisconsin Region CSA Farm Directory provides detailed information on over 80 farms that deliver to locations in the region.
For a free copy, visit www.landstewardshipproject.org/csa.html or call 612-722-6377. Free paper copies are also available at the Land Stewardship Project's South Minneapolis office, 821 E. 35th St., Suite 200.
Community Supported Agriculture is an arrangement where consumers make a "culinary connection to the land" by buying shares in a farming operation on an annual basis. In return, the farmers provide a weekly supply of fresh, natural produce throughout the growing season (approximately June to October). Most of the farms focus exclusively on fresh produce, although a few also offer shares for other food items such as meat.
Subscriptions are often sold out by early spring, so shares should be reserved early. The details of the share arrangements such as how much and what kind of food is offered vary from farm-to-farm.

CSA VIDEO: Ever wonder what it's like to belong to a CSA farm? Check out this new three-minute video by Larry Schmidt and Katy Podolinsky: Community Supported Agriculture: What to expect when you join a farm.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Arbor Day Plant and Play at Horton Park

  • Looking for a reason to spend some time at a Midway park with the family?
  • Ever wanted to plant a tree in a local park?
  • Want to learn more about what you can do with your outdoor space?

Come out to Horton Park on April 28th for the city of St. Paul’s Arbor Day celebration at Horton Park! With the guidance, volunteers will be planting over 70 trees in Horton Park. After the planting, the Midway Frogtown Arborators will share some brass tunes. Tours of the park’s trees will be offered periodically, as well as slack line and tree climbing opportunities for the kids. In addition, Friends of Horton Park will be opening the community gardens for the season and attendees can partake in that activity too. While at the park, you can get a tattoo, press plants for a City Herbarium with Works Progress, learn about fruit tree pests and diseases from Ramsey County Master Gardeners, make a stem-dwelling native bee nest with Befriending Bumble Bees, climb a tree, listen to the Midway Frogtown Arborators, and more! The planting will start at 9:00 a.m.(you can register on site beginning at 8:30), rain or shine, and run until 10:30. The rest of the day’s events will run 10 am until 1:00 p.m. There will light refreshments provided, but visitors who plan to be there for long are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. This event is co-hosted by Friends of Horton Park, the Hamline Midway Environmental Group (HMEG) and St. Paul’s Natural Resources. Come anytime during the event! You can pre-register to help with the planting by heading to this registration link, or if needed by contacting Andy at 651-632-2411 or Andy.Rodriguez@ci.stpaul.mn.us. For other inquiries contact steph@hmeg.org.

Location:   Hamline and Minnehaha Aves in the St. Paul Midway
Date:         Saturday April 28th
Times:       Registration for planting: 8:30am
                  Planting: 9-10:30am
                  Activities, refreshments, demonstrations and community garden opening: 10am -1pm