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.
Recent blog posts
Ornamental tobacco with November’s first snowflakes. Into hibernation we go. As the daylight hours grow shorter this month and the cold comes to blanket our gardens with snow, our plants retreat just like we feel like doing. Our annual accenting flowers like zinnias and sunflowers will die completely along with our rooftop peppers and tomatoes. Our perennial plants like apples,…Read more
Varieties of 2017 winter squash and gourds from the Tiny Diner rural farm plot at Garden Farme. Eating seasonally in the north country can be yummy, colorful, and nutritious – especially if you use squash. Unlike summer squash, winter squash has a hard, protective skin that allows it to be stored for months in the winter if stored in…Read more
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…Read more
Work at Tiny Diner
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