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., Open Labor Day • 612.767.3322
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve + Christmas Day

Recent blog posts

September Garden Update 2018

Have you come to the Tiny Diner this month? Did you see our honeybees pollinating our sunflowers? Did you Herbs exploding out of planters this season. notice that our willow thicket is gone? We have had a lot of changes – both seasonal and constructional – to our tiny landscape of late. Our gardens are more lush than ever this…

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In Our Hands: Bees and Seeds Workshop Sept 16th, 2018

Two fronts collide to form a necessary stewardship storm in this workshop at Lily Springs Farm: bees and seeds. With a lot of attention on our pollinators in the last couple of years, we decided to sponsor a unique and essential topic to continue life as we know it. Bees, among many other pollinators, co-evolved with flowering plants over thousands…

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5th Annual Tomato Tasting and (NEW) Spice Challenge

Did you know that 100 years ago, farming communities across the U.S. had over 400 distinct varieties of tomatoes to share and cook with? Due to homogenization of farming practices, mechanization and industrialization of our food systems, that number has dwindled down to less than 25. Would you like to do something about it? The first step you can take…

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