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

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Recent blog posts

The Passing of Local Soil Steward Bruce Bacon

It is with many heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of Bruce Frederick Bacon. He died 2 weeks ago on September 30th, 2017. For those of you who did not know him, he was the energetic activist farmer and philosopher who owned Garden Farme in the City of Ramsey. He strongly encouraged all farmers to focus on…

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Extreme weather, this season and our regenerative response

Our weather patterns are changing FAST. As a grower, they have been hard to read this season. Based on our experiences at our local farms and gardens this season, extreme climate effects are building steam as our earth heats up. Just in the midwestern region, we have had a June drought, multiple hail storms, a chilly August and mild nighttime…

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Grower Highlight: Molly Gaeckle of Northerly Flora

  Where can you find fresh local flower bouquets in September? While many of our yards and farms are slowly dying back this month, a source of great flower colors, shapes, and sizes can be seen growing on the corner of 40th street and 42nd avenue in south Minneapolis. Once the Tiny Diner Urban Farm, it is now home to one…

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