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The Tiny Diner and Farm is a small place with big ideas. We believe it’s the little things that count, so we’re creating menus with as many local foods as we can, including the stuff we grow ourselves.
Every month we pay tribute to diner towns across the USA, exploring different ways to use our Midwestern bounty.We’re producing energy with our patio roof/solar array, increasing urban soil fertility, and creating a natural habitat for pollinators and urban wildlife in what’s basically our own backyard.

We’re partnering with the Permaculture Institute-Cold Climate to present skill shares and permaculture design classes, and working a plot on Minnesota’s first organic farm, Garden Farme in Anoka County.The Tiny Diner showcases biointensive urban farming methods and efficient water use strategies through its edible gardens and rain water catchments systems. In partnership with the Permaculture Research Institute Cold Climate and Master Water Stewards of the Freshwater Society and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, visitors can see and read about small-scale installations like an edible perennial garden and rain water catchment techniques.

From its hardscape to its landscape, this Diner was designed to provide a renovated example of whole system design: low impact, educational, and tangibly tasty.

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Recent blog posts


Taya Kaufenberg has learned by doing over the years, and she’s influenced by her Native American roots, her passion for healthy eating and sustainable agriculture. “I believe very strongly in allowing food to speak for itself,” she says. “The ingredients are the most important part of cooking, and we need to be more conscientious of where it comes from and…

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Next Saturday, May 16th, we’ll host an event that proves pickles are for more than just hamburgers. Our first “Paint-A-Pickle Bucket & Perennial Plant Swap” will run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Tiny Diner patio, and is the first step in creating our upcoming rooftop container garden. Our mission for sustainability literally runs from rooftop to plate;…

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Despite the fact that I had to whip out my winter coat for this week’s chilly dip, patio weather is upon us (I promise). It’s at least in the very near future – so close that I’ve already been packing my patio tote with books and magazines I’ve been meaning to read (yes, I have a patio tote). Minneapolis bolsters…

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