It’s the little things – like seeds – that help create healthy lives.

It is easy to ignore the little things in life that can create more health and happiness. Whether we are talking about daily stretching and breathing deeply, insects that pollinate our flowers, eating a simple home-cooked meal, or knowing how seeds grow and how we can take care of them and their wonderful gifts, the small things add up. And if we ignore them long enough, something will happen in our lives that tells us to wake up.

Luckily at the Tiny Diner, we are always thinking about this. And this is a pre-disaster message, inviting you to come learn about and incorporate seed stewardship into your lives.

When 95% of the food we eat comes directly from seeds and their flowering plants, we need to pay closer attention on how to steward them. Currently, 60% of proprietary seed sales are owned by just four corporations (check out Phil Howard’s research for more information). These corporate conglomerates, like Bayer (recently merged with Monsanto in 2018), do not specialize in agriculture. They specialize in pharmaceutical drugs and food crop manipulations so they can own the foundations of the food and medicine supply.

What happens when a few select corporations own our seed supply? I don’t think we want to find out.  

You do not have to be a gardener or plant lover to gain insights and actions from our seed workshops. Coming up we have a class series that will show you how we can retain our rights to our food through seed care. This March we partnered with Seeds Sages to offer two workshops  “The Wonderful World of Seeds” on March 10th and “Seed Saving 101” on March 24th at the Red Stag Supperclub. Plus we will be having more series about food diversity with tastings, seed swaps, and more! Our seeds, like other small yet vital elements in a healthy community, not only deserve our attention: we need them to exist. It is fortuitous that we learn about and enjoy seeds together. See you soon!

Slow Down! February Book Recommendations

Would you like an easy read that inspires you, helps you connect to other realms of life, and inspires you to act and build connections? Check out the following Tiny Diner book recommendations for February 2019. These slow winter months are a perfect time to absorb new, well-written information and stories. Plus, you don’t have to spend more money. You can request most of these through the Hennepin County Library System.

Change Here Now: Permaculture Solutions for Personal and Community Transformation byAdam Brock

Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction by Mary Ellen Hannibal

Hemp Horizons: The Comeback of the World’s Most Promising Plant by John Roulac

Starting Seeds How to Grow: How to Grow Healthy, Productive Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers from Seed by Barbara Ellis

The Weather Detective by Peter Wohlleben

 

Children’s Highlight

Everyone Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor

This is a beautiful book to remind children and adults alike that we need our own safe points to come back to in order to heal and build strength to do the things we love to do.

Workshop Highlight: Demystifying Permaculture on February 17th, 1-430pm

Do you still wonder what permaculture is all about? Do you wonder how it can be applied to your life? Our two-part workshop this Sunday February 17th is informative as well as interactive. Whether you are a beginning whole systems thinker or a seasoned permaculturalist that would like to freshen up, this workshop will help. Check out the details below and sign up today!

Limited Space – pre-registration highly encouraged: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4051063

 
Talk – 1 to 2PM:
Still not quite sure what the hype of Permaculture is really all about? Have you heard the word but not convinced that it applies to you? Join us for a short exploratory talk and optional workshop to dive deeper, as we break down the design process in a way that reveals the diversity of applications in land, life and community design. 1-2PM – Free to Attend, Suggested Donation for the talk is $5-$10.
 
Workshop – 2:30 to 4PM:
In the optional workshop that builds upon talk and follows, participants will gain simple, effective tools that can be applied to their own context, goals & vision. This will provide more in-depth opportunities for discussion, connecting with new friends & neighbors on this regenerative path. 2:30-4PM – Workshop is $20.
 
Both will take place in Red Stag event space. This event is for everyone at any stage along on the journey!
 
Megan & Cody Mastel are certified permaculture designers, farmers, facilitators and skilled leaders in earth reconnection practices. They lead retreats, grow & craft bioregional foods, provide experiential education & cultivate habitats of reconnection through Living Hearth Farm & School, including the Open Hearth PDC which explores the resilient culture, communities, & skills of the Upper Midwest. Their business, Land by Hand, provides consulting, Permaculture design & planning, implementation and promotion for individuals, families, farms, businesses & communities. Organizations they partner with include Tiny Diner, Make MN Magazine, U of M Landscape Arboretum, Seed Sages, Ecological Design, Organic Compound, Buttermilk Falls CSA & MCTC. Connect with Cody & Megan at landbyhand.org and thelivinghearth.com

Valentine’s Day for Everyone!

The Tiny Diner is changing this commercial holiday around. Valentine’s Day at the Tiny Diner is for EVERYONE – not just couples! Come check out our family-friendly heart day. There is something for everyone to love!

Taste The Waste Event: February 7th at the Red Stag Supperclub

“Reducing food waste by even one-third could feed 50 million people.” – Minnesota Monthly, “Taste the Waste” Event Summary

Would you like to help reduce food waste, support climate action, and encourage closed-loop creative culinary artistry all while fine dining? Then this is an event for you! With food donated from Twin Cities Co-op Partners, our very own Tiny Diner Chef Zach Marquardt, Chef Shannel Winkel from The Bird Rocks, Chef Lachelle Cunningham, and St. Paul College culinary students will transform recovered food into small plates with amazing flavors.

Your $35 ticket will include a dinner, Finnegans beer, tax and gratuity. More importantly, all proceeds will go to supporting MN350.org. This organization works with individuals and communities to collectively counteract climate change. For more information or for tickets, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-the-waste-tickets-52684288124.

Cheap Date Night on Mondays

Are you wondering where to go after a long Monday at work? Do you need to treat yourself and someone special to great conversation, good food, and satiating drinks? If you haven’t yet heard, Tiny Diner is offering cheap date night this winter on Mondays from 5-9pm. The cheap date night includes 2 entrees, a bottle of wine or a few drinks for just $28! Don’t be shy – take advantage of our Monday night special each week.

Slow down, hibernate and read! January Book Recommendations

At the Tiny Diner we hope to encourage everyone to slow down in their busy lives. Slow down to treat each other with respect and kindness. Slow down to eat great food and socialize in a colorful and joyful setting at our restaurant. Slow down to walk through our gardens in the summer, notice other living beings and how they function. Given that we are in the depth of winter, it is a great time to slow down and dive into new information without the screen: book reading. We have plenty of great local bookstores and libraries to support in the Twin Cities. Plus “old-fashioned” books take less energy (no battery needed) and they are easier on your eyes and biorhythm than screen light.

We have developed a tiny list of local bookstores and a few books that you can check out to expand your knowledge about healthy living in some way or another. This is a great segway for our upcoming spring bookclub that we are starting come April. So get cozy in your home or bring a book to the TD on a sleepy afternoon. Take notes. And keep absorbing amazing information through these slow winter months.

Book Recommendations

A Field Guide to the Natural World of the Twin Cities by John J. Moriarty

How to be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery

First We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety by Sarah Wilson

Food, Genes, and Culture: Eating Right for Your Origins by Gary Paul Nabhan

 

Great bookstores to support

Birchbark Books & Native Arts

Magers & Quinn Booksellers

Moon Palace Books

Wild Rumpus

January 2019 Menu Highlight: Shrimp and Grits

Whether you are looking for a full meal or would like slow-time happy hour appetizers, we have it all. Here are a few menu highlights this month.

For a main course, our shrimp and grits dish will serve you well. It consists of cheese grits with cajun sauteed shrimp in a cajun bbq sauce topped with green onions and served with garlic butter crostini. It is best paired with Herencia Altes Garnatxa Blanca wine and topped off with one of our hearty desserts, carrot cake.

If you are looking for just a tiny bite, come grab a cold drink and some of our amazing melt-in-mouth cheese curds.

January and February Winter Classes 2019

All of our January and February classes will be held at the Red Stag Supperclub’s party room to provide more space during the cold winter months. All classes will resume at the Tiny Diner come April 2019. Please write to koby@tinydiner.com with any questions you may have about the classes. Class sign-up encouraged 48 hours in advance.

 

Insect Survival Series

Our insects need us now more than ever! Come take one or all three classes taught by the wonderful entomologist Jessica Miller of Dragons Wynd. She brings tons of info and amazing hands-on visuals for all ages. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to learn about tiny-yet-awe-inspiring insects this winter. Check out Dragon’s Wynd: https://www.facebook.com/dragonswynddotcom/.

 

Winter & Minnesota Insects
Saturday January 19th
1-2pm

Learn where insects go in winter and specifics about migrating Minnesota butterflies. Discover how you can support wintering insects and help them return year after year. Tickets/Sign-up: https://bpt.me/4051017

Location: Red Stag Supperclub
509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Cost: $10

 

Invite Mosquito Eaters to Your home!
Saturday January 26th
1-2pm

Minimize mosquitoes in your yard with some simple tips! For instance, damselflies love hanging out in patches of tall grass. This is one of the many tips you will learn in this class to increase healthy insect visitors in your area. Get prepared for creating insect habitat as soon as spring comes around. Tickets/Sign-up here: https://bpt.me/4051033

Location: Red Stag Supperclub
509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Cost: $10

 

Secret Lives of Insects
Saturday February 2nd
1-2pm

Take a sneak peek into the secret lives of insects. We will decode insect movement and gestures. That dancing mantis or walking stick, the lone ant who seems to be lost, and many other insect secrets are exposed in this class. If we are going to be better stewards for insects and the other essential life forces we depend on, this class us wake up to the intricacies of insects. To sign-up: https://bpt.me/4051043

Location: Red Stag Supperclub
509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Cost: $10

 

Seed Series I: Seed Saving 101 For Your Home & Community
Saturday February 16th
2-3pm

Seed saving is a survival art that we need to revive! Plus it is colorful, delicious and ever-changing. Bring all the questions you have about growing and sharing seeds – we will cover the basics for home production. Plus we will have seeds to share with all participants. Feel free to bring seeds of your own to share as well. To sign-up: https://bpt.me/4051059.

Location: Red Stag Supperclub
509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Cost: $10

Koby Hagen of Seed Sages, a local steward for seed education and security, has a wide range of experience with seed production from home to commercial scale. She brings a passion for supporting new and experienced seed savers by merging traditional and innovative practices. Her goal is to pass on seeds, land-based knowledge, skilled leadership and our common seed inheritance to future generations (humans and all other beings).

 

Demystifying Permaculture: Design for Land, Life & Community
Sunday February 17th
1-2pm Discussion ($5-10)
230-4pm: Workshop ($20)

Still not quite sure what the hype of Permaculture is really all about? Have you heard the word but not convinced that it applies to you? Join us for a short exploratory talk and optional workshop to dive deeper as we break down the design process in a way that reveals the diversity of applications in land, life and community design. 1-2PM – Free to Attend. Suggested Donation for the talk is $5-$10.

In the optional workshop that follows, participants will gain simple, effective tools that can be applied to their own context, goals & vision. This will provide more in-depth opportunities for discussion, connecting with new friends and neighbors on this regenerative path. 2:30-4PM – Workshop is $20.

To sign-up for discussion and/or workshop, visit: https://bpt.me/4051063

Bio: Megan & Cody Mastel are certified permaculture designers, farmers, facilitators and skilled leaders in earth reconnection practices. They lead retreats, grow & craft bioregional foods, provide experiential education & cultivate habitats of reconnection through Living Hearth Farm & School, including the Open Hearth PDC which explores the resilient culture, communities, & skills of the Upper Midwest. Their business, Land by Hand, provides consulting, Permaculture design & planning, implementation and promotion for individuals, families, farms, businesses & communities. Local organizations they partner with include Tiny Diner, Make MN Magazine, U of M Landscape Arboretum, Seed Sages, Ecological Design, Organic Compound, Buttermilk Falls CSA & MCTC. Connect with Cody & Megan at landbyhand.org and thelivinghearth.com

Location: Red Stag Supperclub
509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

 

Seed Series Class II: The Wonderful World of Seeds
Sunday March 10th
2-3pm

Seeds have always been a part of human existence. We cannot live without them. But seeds are a fairly new evolutionary jewel on our earth. Why did they develop? Why are they so special? Come find out and acquire an unforgettable view on our seed inheritance. To sign-up for this class, visit: https://bpt.me/4051084

Location: Red Stag Supperclub
509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Cost: $10

Koby Hagen of Seed Sages, a local steward for seed education and security, has a wide range of experience with seed production from home to commercial scale. She brings a passion for supporting new and experienced seed savers by merging traditional and innovative practices. Her goal is to pass on seeds, land-based knowledge, skilled leadership and our common seed inheritance to future generations (humans and all other beings).

Winter Care Fair November 4th

Get healthy with us! On Sunday November 4th from 2-430pm we are hosting our first “Winter Care Fair” at the Tiny Diner. From local makers who will help you stay warm to herbalists who will help you fight colds to wilderness experts who will advise you on how to start fires and dress properly – this event has something for everyone! With bonfires outside and warm drinks and snacks inside, there is nothing better to do on a Sunday afternoon than join us.

Facebook event site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1185189454952164/