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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

April Showers Bring Earth Day, Operation Thicket & More to the Tiny Diner!

Today is a glorious spring shower day! With temperatures in the 80s last week and no rain, I was beginning to dread a hot and dry growing season. And it very well could still be one this year. But at least this slow rain brings more hope to the spring side of growing things at the Tiny Diner and for…

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2016 Winter Workshops: Homestead Skills, Insect Stewards, and Deep Nutrition Coming Your Way!

From Salve Making to Insect Basics to Probiotics, we have bundles of winter classes to re-skill and promote health all around! If you want to attend an entire bundle, make sure to sign up for the Early Bird Special! Single classes are available as well. Check out the descriptions below. First class bundle with Apothicare starts January 13th. Sign up…

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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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