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 (www.pricoldclimate.org) to present skill shares and permaculture design classes, and working a plot on one of Minnesota’s earliest organic farms, 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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1024 East 38th St. • Minneapolis, MN

Open daily 7 a.m.– 9 p.m. • 612.767.3322
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve + Christmas

Recent blog posts

Farm and Garden Update on May 10th 2018

What early spring plants have emerged in your yard and garden? What fellow neighbors and other animal friends have returned after the long winter? Can you describe what you see even if you cannot name it? We would like to share a few of the wild and wonderful life forms that we see at our Tiny Diner rural farm plot…

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Rural Farm Plot Update: April/May Prepping

Tiny Diner @ Garden Farme No-till Vegetable, Herb and Flower Production Beds. Tony Root has been prepping, manually (rake, shovel and hoe), all of the upper garden space. This has ensured a healthy and long-living soil ecosystem for years at Garden Farme. Photo courtesy of Tony Root. A month ago, before the April Blizzard of 2018, our rural Farm Manager Tony…

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Meet Jess Hirsch: Founder of the Women’s Woodshop

We have so many talented and skillful people in the neighborhoods surrounding our Tiny Diner. Last year, a new business opened up on 38th Street and 23rd Avenue called, “The Women’s Woodshop.” It is a very unique place offering woodshop workshops for women and non-binary folks. With the Women’s Woodshed’s 1-year Anniversary and their Silent Auction just around the corner,…

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