Welcome to Tiny Diner

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.

Recent blog posts


                        While the 2015 Oscars hype has come and gone, we’re giving you another reason to plug in and sit back with our March Movie Monday Nights, beginning March 2: you’ll walk away having learned something. Urban Farm manager Koby Jeschkeit-Hagen has curated a list of films that are…

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Kinesiology Can Help You Through The Winter

                      If you’ve started to feel like it’s been winter forever, you’re not alone. Maybe you are on your second cold, or you’ve gone through too many bottles of lotion to combat that dry skin. We feel you. And on Saturday, February 21 we are hosting a kinesiology basics workshop…

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I’ll Have What He’s Having: Executive Chef Brian Crouch Picks His Favorite Menu Items

  Listen up, folks. Executive Chef Brian Crouch knows what he’s doing – he’s been cooking since 1999, has worked for La Belle Vie, Haute Dish, Barbette, and The Dakota, and he’s got eyes for the dishes he creates for Tiny Diner eaters. He joined our team in November 2014 in order to get closer to the local products we…

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