Our Tiny Diner August Calendar is filled with many great classes and events so we can taste tomato diversity, grow mushrooms, identify weeds, use herb and so much more! See descriptions below.
August Tiny Diner Classes
4th Annual Tomato Tasting
Date: Sunday August 20th
TOMATO TIME! Come to the Tiny Diner on a relaxing Sunday to taste 20+ varieties of tomatoes grown by local gardeners and farmers. Music, light refreshments, and tomatoes! Vote for your favorite variety and learn how to save tomato seeds at the Seed Sages Booth.This event is free! Suggested donation: $5-10. Your donation will go to Seed Sages and provide scholarships to local growers who will grow seed crops in 2018.
Class: Fungi Alchemy: Growing Mushrooms in the Garden!
Date: Saturday August 26th
Learn how to grow low-maintenance gourmet mushrooms in your garden beds, on logs around your yard, or even your compost pile! This class will provide a basic overview of outdoor fungi cultivation as well as hands-on installation of an edible mushroom patch to the ever-evolving Tiny Diner permaculture demonstration site! Class costs $15. Please RSVP to Andrea to reserve your space: email@example.com
Teacher Information: Cody wears many hats throughout the work and play of Land by Hand, his ecological design/build organization. He collaborates with small businesses, homeowners, farmers, neighbors, educators, and changemakers in the Twin Cities region to co-create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible. Whether digging in the garden, paddling a canoe, foraging in the forest, or facilitating groups, Cody is motivated by a constant fire of acquiring, mastering, & sharing skills that inspire & empower others to follow their intuition and learn through hands-on experience. Learn more about Cody and his work at landbyhand.org
Class: Weed Identification: The Good, The Bad, The Beneficial
Date: Monday August 28th
Ever wonder what all of those unwanted plants are popping up around your garden? In this class, we’ll teach you how to identify these plants and what their purpose is in your garden. Looking at what’s growing in your yard can teach you a lot about what’s happening under the soil. We’ll talk about how to “read your weeds” as well as go over which common weeds are beneficial for pollinators, invasive, medicinal/edible or adding nutrients to your soil.
This class will meet at Tiny Diner and then travel one block to Bancroft-Meridian Garden, a permaculture designed food forest that offers free fruit to the community.
Instructor Information: Neal Baxter has been the coordinator of Bancroft-Meridian Garden for many years and is a board member on the neighborhood council.
Andrea Eger is Tiny Diner’s Permaculture Education Coordinator and has been a community organizer and organic farmer for the past 5 years. She received a Permcaultre Certification in 2012.
Herb Series with Chandra Botanicals
Class: Backyard Snackin’-Herbal Snack Making
Date: Thursday August 3rd
Hiding away in your garden and backyard are many “weeds” and plants that are both tasty and nutritious. Learn how to prepare local, abundant, herbs that are in season. This is a hands on class where we will be harvesting herbs from Tiny Diner’s permaculture garden. Class will include samples and recipes to take home! Early bird tickets are $12, general admission tickets are $15.
Class: Crafting Herbal Syrups
Date: Thursday August 10th
Herbal Syrups are a great way to preserve the bounty of an abundant harvest, come learn how to create your own with fresh local herbs! Great for adding a sweet herbal boost teas, cocktails, desserts, and more! Class will include samples and recipes to take home. Early bird tickets are $12, general admission tickets are $15.
Class: Herb Infused Vinegar Class- Create Healthy and Tasty Tonics
Date: Wednesday August 30th
Nourishing and Nutritious- herb infused vinegars are a great way to capture the power and essence of fresh and dried herbs. They are a delicious way to add herbs to your daily regimen and make a great addition to salad dressings, marinades, glazes, and more! We will create a custom herbal infused vinegar for you to take home with you. Class will include samples and recipes to take home. Early bird tickets are $12, general admission are $15.
Instructor Information: Marie Spencer is a Moonchild and Community Herbalist, and a member of the American Herbalist Guild. Captivated by nature and its endless wisdom, she began an in-depth journey into the world of herbs over 6 years ago. Her past studies include Environmental Science, Art History, and Philosophy, at the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine’s University. She can be found in the woods, hiking, helping, foraging, cooking, crafting potions and lotions, laughing, and loving in her spare time.
Classes for Kids
Herbs, Weeds & Edible Flowers
Date: Wednesday August 2nd
Even in the city, edible and medicinal plants surround us every day. During this class, kids and their families will learn about the plants, weeds and flowers they see in their yard, parks, playgrounds and while walking down the street. We will go over which ones are edible and which are helpful. We will also cover foraging safety and how to harvest kindly. A short discussion will be followed by a tasting tour of the Tiny Diner’s garden and some plant-related fun activities! This class is pay what you can (suggested price per ticket $20). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. Space is limited!
This class is suitable for children ages 3 – 9 years old, but all are welcome! Parents are required to be on site throughout the duration of the class and are encouraged to participate! Please bring sunscreen, a hat and a water bottle for your child. This event is rain or shine.
Megan Trehey is dedicated to learning and growing the medicine of her bioregion as a way to cultivate healing within her community. With a background in early childhood education, she has extensive experience gardening with kids and families. She learned about herbal medicine by completing a nine month herbal apprenticeship. You can find Megan working at Land by Hand, an ecological design, build and education organization that utilizes the principles of permaculture. landbyhand.org
Clare Gardner Nieto grew up roaming the woods and fields with her mother, a self-taught naturalist and expert gardener, who taught her from an early age the names and signatures of plants and the knowing of the natural world. Clare has spent the last few years studying herbalism and flower essence therapy. Find out more about her and her work at www.claregardnernieto.com.
Pollinators! (and Other Helpful Bugs)
Date: Wednesday August 9th
We encounter them every day, but do you know who the pollinators are? During this class, kids and families will learn about who our local friends are, what they do and why they are so important to the earth. We will then explore the garden and see if we can spot them on their favorite plants and flowers! There will be an opportunity for each child to create and leave class with their very own way to care for the pollinators.
This class is suitable for children ages 3 – 9 years old, but all are welcome! Parents are required to be on site throughout the duration of the class and are encouraged to participate! Please bring sunscreen, a hat and a water bottle for your child. This event is rain or shine. This class is pay what you can (suggested price per ticket $20). Email email@example.com to reserve your spot. Space is limited!