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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

Beer, Slugs, and Woodchips – Its always a party at the TDF

We were under attack. Our kale and collards were so shredded the leaf skeletons were hard to identify. Our baby seedlings were skinned alive and it was all happening under the cloak of darkness. But we knew who the culprits were: garden slugs. In the permaculture world, many people would say, “You don’t have a slug overpopulation problem. You have…

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Farm Update: Abundance on August 10th

It has been quite a long time since I have written about our farm’s health. Given that we have about 2 more solid months of the growing season left, it seems like a good time to start the weekly highlights, introduce a farm staff member and highlight a weekly volunteer & crop. This week, we are bursting at our lil’…

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August 2015 Events & Classes

Please note there are two locations where events take place, the Farmhouse at 3957 42nd Ave. S. Mpls, MN 55406 and the Tiny Diner at 1024 E. 38th Street, Mpls, MN 55407.   ONGOING WEEKLY EVENTS Pop-up Farmstand at the Farmhouse Tuesdays, July-September, 4pm-7pm Location: Farmhouse, 3957 42nd Ave. S. Mpls, MN 55406 We will once again be selling a…

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