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A couple weeks back I made a trek to southeastern Minnesota to deliver cupcakes. This was not an ordinary delivery and I don’t imagine I’ll do many more like it. As a reward for supporting my café’s move last year, Lisa Klein of Hidden Stream Farm chose to receive a set of birthday cupcakes from me. Had this been any other person in Elgin, I think I would have tried to dissuade them from choosing this gift. But, after several years of working with the Klein family and receiving produce and meats from their family farm, I was actually thrilled at the opportunity to make the trip. This was a trip I’ve wanted to make for quite a while, but like most of the things on my wish list, finding the time to make a four to five hour round trip journey gets pushed down the list pretty quickly b
Matt Johnson and I met with Debra Pilger, Lisa Beck and Ginger Cannon from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to discuss pesticide use in the neighborhood and regional parks in Minneapolis. Matt is Lyndale community member and a part of a group collecting signatures on a petition calling for the ban of all lawn chemicals on public land in the City of Minneapolis: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/lawn-chemical-ban-on. He presented his petition to LNA’s Environment Committee, but before taking a position on the work, the committee wanted to understand the extent to which pesticides are currently being used within the park system.
Environment Committee Meeting Minutes 10/1
Attending: Lenief, Martha, Kelsey
Jennifer and Matt are meeting with a few members of the Park board and Staff on Tuesday, 10/8 to discuss chemical use at the parks. This meeting is a follow up from Matt’s visit to the environment committee to ask for support for his petition for a chemical ban on public lands. The Lyndale Food Share’s final dates are 10/2 and 10/9. Lenief volunteered to distribute the food those days. She is also going to send thank you notes to the donors. Lenief reported on an urban Ag tour she took and a conversation she attended at King Park about Urban Ag policies for the park.
The steamy summer heat has started to ripen all the tomatoes and late summer vegetables in the neighborhood. Do you know how many of your neighbors have wonderful vegetable gardens? At the beginning of August, the Lyndale Neighborhood Environment Committee set up a new project to help distribute fresh Lyndale-grown veggies within the neighborhood. So far, we've had weekly donations of beautiful kale, herbs, peppers, and other vegetables. Most of the donations have come from backyard gardens, with some folks generously donating weekly. One week we even got a full box donation from the Garfield Community Garden located on Garfield and 32nd!
September 21, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
City of Minneapolis – Bethlehem Lutheran Church
4100 Lyndale Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55409
612-348-3777 - www.hennepin.us/collectionevents
Enter off of Aldrich Ave South
Materials are accepted for free from households only.
Electronics and vehicle batteries NOT accepted at this collection.
Writing articles for the paper really allows me to notice the passing of the seasons. A few months ago I wrote an article heralding the spring and calling on Lyndale residents to volunteer to pick up the trash left behind when the snow melted. Today I sit in my kitchen in the embrace of the sweltering August humidity and think of the preparing we have to do for winter this fall.
It has been a beautiful summer. We have come together at some amazing community events like Fish Fest, Concerts in Painter Park, and Open Streets Lyndale. We survived a few large storms, like the storms on the Summer Solstice and National Night Out. We installed the Curiosities of Lyndale box wraps throughout the neighborhood.
The Environment Committee met on Tuesday 8/13 at the Lyndale Community Center. First, we talked about the Lyndale Food Share—what it is and how it’s going. The Food Share is a project the Environment Committee kicked off two weeks ago that facilitates the donation of fresh fruits and vegetables grown in the neighborhood to families in the neighborhood without access to growing their own. We made a plan to recruit more vegetables for this year and garden spaces for next year, and we made a plan to distribute the food all fall.
Next, we talked about having another community clean up—the fall version of Litter “outta” Lyndale. We set a date: Saturday, September 7th! You can come to the Lyndale Community Center between 10 and 1 to pick up supplies to clean the neighborhood.
The LNA environment committee has been very busy in the past month. We had two separate meetings over the course of the month to work on multiple projects we have going. In the first meeting, we finalized the details of the garden tour which took place on July 25th. We found our last gardens, made plans for food donations, and found guides for the tour. The event was a success—you can read all about it in the Environment section of the website.
Gardens in the Lyndale Neighborhood have been very popular in the recent years. With the current gardens booked up and names on the waiting list, a group of Lyndale community members have been discussing potential sites for a new garden space. Pocket Park, the small L-shaped green space on the northeast corner of Pleasant Avenue and 31st Street, seemed like the best option for the garden because of its history of being a troublesome spot in the neighborhood. Although the space is called the Pocket Park, in reality, the space is a couple of vacant lots with a swing set.
Lenief Heimstead, Shannon O’Halloran, Martha Hrncir and Rachel Gaulke came to June Environment committee meeting. We opened the meeting with a conversation about the garden tour. We have donations and people interested in touring, but no gardens to tour. Shannon volunteered to look for gardens and distribute invitations to folks. Shannon also mentioned that the rain garden in the neighborhood needs work, so she proposed that our next meeting be held at the garden to mulch.
About Lyndale Environment Activities
LNA's Environment Committee works to help create a more sustainable neighborhood. The Committee helps to maintain several garden lots, organizes programs to help people improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses, and organizes several neighborhood clean-ups a year.
The committee normally meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the LNA offices (3537 Nicollet Avenue) for more information contact Jennifer at 612.824.9402 x 12.
Tuesday, December 1012:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, December 10th, 12:00 noon, at Cause Spirits & Sound Bar
Tuesday, December 106:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tuesday, December 10th, 6:00pm at 3200 Pleasant Ave
Saturday, December 144:00 pm to 7:30 pm
¡Ya viene lo mejor tiempo del año! Júntate con nosotros para el gran evento anual de La Posada donde habrá comida, Santa, aguinaldos, comunidad y más.
The most wonderful time of year is coming! Join us at our grand annual event, La Posada. There will be delicious food, Santa, gifts, community, and more!
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Event Ambassadors/Embajador de evento:
It’s that time again! La Posada is just around the corner and there are many opportunities to help out with this great event. Tamales, dancers, community, and Santa all make this one of the most special events of the season. We’ll need help with set up, food service, activity helpers, clean up, children wrangling, and just general help with the merriment. Contact Aryca (email@example.com – 824-9402 ext. 26) to learn more about each opportunity and to sign up for a shift.