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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 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

TD Farm still awake in November?

Although we delivered our last 2015 harvest from the urban farm to the Tiny Diner over 3 weeks ago, we still have yet to completely close down the gardens. This fall has been quite warm compared to last fall and we have had ample time to compost our garden beds, tidy up hoses, organize the garden sheds, and plant extra…

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Our Tiny Diner Farm Recap

Tiny Diner at Garden Farme is a small production site located in Ramsey, Minnesota, that strives to provide Kim Bartmann’s restaurants (including Tiny Diner, Barbette, The Third Bird, Bryant-Lake Bowl, The Red Stag Supperclub, Pat’s Tap, Bread & Pickle and Gigi’s Café) with as much local produce as possible. Heading into the second season, I set out to find out…

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Farm Update 10/5/15: Fresh Fall is Here!

Tiny Diner Farm Tomatoes 2015 With the fall colors seeping into the farm, the frost whispers at our farm gate. It is still fairly warm for October but we know that every growing season in the north country must take a healthy break. And I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about the frost and the slow…

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