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 of the only organic flower growers in the region: Northerly Flora.

 

Northerly Flora is owned and operated by Longfellow neighborhood resident Molly Gaeckle. She uses the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model to distribute her flowers to customers, where the customers prepay for 3-5 months of fresh flower deliveries each week. This is her first season with her CSA at the urban farm and all appears to be growing well (except for a few bunnies mowing down tiny flower seedlings). If you would like to see the space and how she has changed and improved the former TD urban farm, or if you would like to reserve flower bouquets for next season, please contact her Facebook or Instagram @northerly.flora.

 

 

 

Here are is a 2017 mid-season reflection from Molly:

Northerly Flora’s first season has been a blast so far! It started last year as a new found excitement in
flowers and a plan to incorporate more into my large garden. But it quickly spiraled into renting a plot in Longfellow and really diving into a Flower CSA business. I am a ‘learn by doing’ person, so this first year has really been about experimentation and research. I was inspired to grow cut flowers as an effort to bring some beauty into my community in a very tangible way. Flowers are a gift, they make people happy and feel special, and I felt really motivated to bring some of that into people’s lives this year.

So far we have had 2 months of beautiful bouquets, each week showcasing new and interesting blooms. There have been successes and failures, the snapdragon crop was bountiful, and my CSA members loved the plum sunflowers in the most recent bouquets. However, I was so excited about these China Asters that look similar to peonies, but Aster Leafhoppers showed up this spring, and infected a lot of the crop with Aster Yellows. The highs and lows are a farming reality, it’s all part of the process.

I’m grateful for how well the season has been so far! It’s great being on this plot in Longfellow because my members can stop by weekly to pick up their bouquets and see the work that goes into creating it each week. I think folks are enjoying that direct connection to the garden, and learning about the flowers showing up in their homes each week. 

– Molly Gaeckle, Owner and Operator of Northerly Flora

 

Thank you Molly for growing wonderful flowers that not only brighten our human lives but also feed our neighborhood pollinators. Also, thank you for using chemical-free (organic) production methods to keep our waters, soils, and communities free of pesticides/herbicides and other carcinogens. We can’t wait to peek in on your production next year and see what you have growing!

 

 

4th Annual Tomato Tasting Highlights

On Sunday August 20th we held the 4th Annual Tomato Tasting at the Tiny Diner with Seed Sages. Given the cool temperatures, we were a bit wary that the tomatoes would not be ready or that the day would be too cold to enjoy. But the sun came out and wonderful farmers donated 25 varieties of tomatoes to make a tasty, colorful and fun event.

Participants sampled small bites of the 25 varieties while listening to music provided by Heart of a Tin Man. Tomatoes entered in this event were donated by Fresh Earth Farms, Java Cycle, Open Arms Farms, Tiny Diner @ Garden Farme, Hungry Turtle Farm, and Seed Sages. By the end of 2 hours, over 100+ people sampled tomatoes, voted, and donated money to provide a stipend to a seed-growing farmer next season.

The winning tomato was Be My Baby from David Arnold of Hungry Turtle Farm (Amery, WI). A close 2nd Place was the Hungarian Heart from Earth Fresh Farms (Chris James and Rebecca, Hastings, MN). 3rd Place was a tie between Esterina Cherry by Open Arms Farms (St.Paul, MN) and our very own Sungold by Tiny Diner @ Garden Farme, Tony Root (City of Ramsey, MN).

 

September Events & Classes 2017

Our fall schedule is loaded with healthy ways to manage water, use flowers and herbs, take care of our pollinators as well as an introduction to permaculture. PLUS, our last full month of our Tiny Farmers’ Market on Thursdays from 5pm-8pm. Don’t forget we still have a week in August as well of fun classes like growing your own mushrooms, weed identification and herbal infusions!

“Flower Essences for Gut & Brain Health”

Thursday September 7th

6:30-7:30pm

This class offers both an introduction to flower essences for beginners and for those already using flower essences. Flower essences are simple, safe, medicines based on plant energetics, similar to homeopathy. Flower essences are mostly known for treating emotional states, but with deeper knowledge they can also be used to treat the body.

We can use flower essences together with knowledge and suggestions from Chinese Medicine to improve and balance gut health and mental energy. Suggested donation $10. Contact andrea.e@tinydiner.com with questions or to RSVP.

Instructor: Loyola Colebeck is an accredited clinical Flower Essence Therapist and Trauma Constellations Facilitator. She practices integrative therapy and provides an in-depth training course in Flower Essence Therapy at Adagio Holistic in Minneapolis and speaks at conferences and schools in the U.S. and abroad. She loves teaching and is passionate about helping others to their best, happiest, healthiest state of being. See: www.mindisbodytherapies.com

 

Clean Water Starts Here! 

Monday September 11th

5:30-6:30pm

Learn how you can positively impact the health of our waterways through your yard and neighborhood. Homeowners and renters alike can take action to keep our water clean with easy steps. We will discuss our biggest water pollutants and talk about fun and effective strategies to reduce those pollutants. Class is free!

Instructor

Deirdre Coleman has a degree in Biology, Society, and the Environment from the University of MN and runs the Master Water Steward program with the Freshwater Society. She is also a resident of Minneapolis and an avid paddler.

 

Pollinator Hotel How-To

Wednesday September 13th

6:30-7:30pm

Learn about the many types of bees and other pollinators that help us grow our fruits, vegetables, herbs and more! We will discuss and demonstrate how you can support pollinator habitat with our pollinator condo and by getting started making your own to take home! This is a free class!

Instructors

This class will be taught by Cody Mastel, Tiny Diner’s Lead Gardener, and Koby Jeschkeit-Hagen, Tiny Diner’s Farm, Garden, and Market Advisor.

 

Minnesotan Grown Color: Introduction to Natural Dye
Saturday September 16th

12-2:30pm

Join us as we explore the art of growing, harvesting, and dyeing with plants grown here in Minnesota. You’ll learn how to process plants and flowers from the forest, prairies, and your own gardens to create beautiful hues. By the end of class you’ll have learned the basic techniques of making dye from a couple of plants available in Minnesota this fall. Participants will need to bring two to three different 100% natural fibers to dye (linen, silk, wool, cotton), that weigh no more than 8 oz all together. Fibers can be purchased at a fabric or craft store. Suggested fee: $10.00. Space is limited! Please RSVP to andrea.e@tinydiner.com

Instructor

Combining her training as a papermaker and book artist, and sustainable gardener and designer, Libby London uses and grows plants for natural dye and fiber. She grows and harvests dye plants in sustainable and ethical ways. Researching and experimenting with drought tolerant and resilient native plants for fiber and dye is important to her in the face of climate change. For more information check out her website northerndyer.com or Facebook @northerndyer.

 

What the #$%& is Permaculture Anyway?! 

Wednesday September 20th

7:00-8:00pm

Join us for this introductory class that will go over permaculture basics! If you are someone who has been hearing the term permaculture being tossed around but have no idea what it means, this class is for you! We’ll talk about it’s history, values, practitioners, and give examples of how you can incorporate permaculture into your own life. Even if you’re not a gardener, this is a framework that goes beyond gardening/farming but can be used in countless aspects of your life!

Instructors

Andrea Eger is Tiny Diner’s Permaculture Education Coordinator and  has been a community organizer and organic farmer for the past 5 years on farms all over the world. She first learned about permaculture in 2008 while working at a women’s collective farm in Guatemala and was instantly hooked.

Cody Mastel is Tiny Diner’s Lead Gardener. Cody is the owner of Land by Hand, an ecological design/build organization, where he collaborates with small businesses, homeowners, farmers, neighbors, educators, and change makers in the Twin Cities region to co-create a more beautiful world. Learn more about Cody and his work at landbyhand.org

Land Steward Highlight: Tony Root of Tiny Diner @ Garden Farme

Tony highlights his thriving pepper crop and purslane understory.

Tony Root is the Tiny Diner’s Rural Farm Manager on the 2-acre rented plot at Garden Farme in the City of Ramsey. Not only does he grow 30+ crops for all of our restaurants (including the Tiny Diner, Barbette, Red Stag, The Bird, etc.), he is also our knowledgeable and caring soil, pollinator and people steward of a very special garden at the Farme. Before he came to be the Farm Manager this season, Tony has a wide range of passions and experiences that he brings to the table including but not limited to: farm management, youth development, arborist adventures, and endurance running. All of these experiences create a very peaceful and present managerial, gardening style within Tony’s intensive production plan.

A snapshot of the diverse interplantings at Garden Farme – chard rows with sunflower herb and marigold borders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony touching the very tall flower stalk of a rare flower gifted to the garden space.

Tony loves to be on the land. Every morning he comes to the Tiny Diner @ Garden Farme plot from his city abode, he cherishes the quiet reminders and earth rhythms that tell him we are part of a larger pattern of life.   He seeds new successions of lettuce, radishes, carrots, and green beans, while keeping a close eye on longer-running crops like winter squash, sweet corn, hot peppers, and potatoes. If he is not creating an Amaranth stalk trellis or adding compost to newly prepped beds, Tony may be found harvesting twice a week for our restaurants, preparing produce for our Tiny Diner Farmer’s Market, or cooking.

One of the many thriving crops on our 2-acre plot: Dino Kale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony showing us a hiding winter squash in the Squash Patch. One of the 10+ varieties of winter squash he is growing for our Squash Party in October.

With butter-like soil and hearty seeds, Tony’s observant eye creates restaurant produce with more delicious layers than a seven-layer bar. He hopes to continue as a farmer and earth steward, as well as open up his own food truck and get back into endurance running. Just as farming and growing beauty has been his calling, he has a very fitting last name: Root. Lets be sure to thank Tony and other farmers every week for the care they produce to the land while providing all of us with one of our most basic and pleasurable needs: REAL FOOD.

 

 

 

Thank you Tony and keep up your great artistry on the land!

 

Tony Root (TD Rural Farm Manager) with Andrea Eger (TD Permaculture Program Coordinator) buddy-up while preparing for the TD Farmers’ Market.
The very tidy and cozy garden shed kept by our rural farm manager, Tony Root.
A sneak peek into the growing world of Tony Root at Garden Farme.

 

August Events and Classes

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

Time: 11am-1pm

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

Time: 1:00-3:00pm

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: andrea.e@tinydiner.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

Time: 5:30-6:30pm

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

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

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

Time: 6:30-7:30pm

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

Time: 6:30-8pm

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

Time: 9:00-10:30am

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 andrea.e@tinydiner.com 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.

Instructor Information:

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

Time: 9:00-10:30am

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 andrea.e@tinydiner.com to reserve your spot. Space is limited!

 

Berries Berries Everywhere!

One of the specialties in the North Country are fresh berries all season long – if we know where to look and what to plant. Right now, alpine strawberries, blackcaps (or black raspberries) and white pine berries are ripe and ready for harvesting. Alpine and white pine berries (strawberries) are small yet well-rounded in flavor and produce a lot during the hot summer months. Berries are full of antioxidants and have great flavor, providing our bodies with a flush of cancer-fighting resources during the time of the year that the sun is at is most harshest levels.

At the Tiny Diner, we grow some berry plants to showcase what we can plant to provide berries for ourselves and our bird friends. Here is a month-matching berry plant list that you can follow to wild harvest or plant if you have space. Be sure to come check out our gardens at the Tiny Diner to see what is ready and taste test a few!

May: Serviceberry, Honeyberry

June: Strawberry, Red Raspberry, Blackcaps, Golden Raspberry, Honeyberry

July: Blackberry, Currant, Gooseberry, White Strawberry, Blueberry

August: Blueberry, Elderberry, Grapes (not a berry but still same effects), Sandcherry, Chokecherry, Pincherry

September: Late-season Raspberries and Grapes

 

Weeds: The Good, The Bad, The Beneficial

What is a weed? And how can some weeds be ‘good’ while others are ‘bad’? The way we garden and produce food at the Tiny Diner creates a fluid definition of a weed. Any time a plant isn’t in a place where it has the most symbiotic space with other plants and animals we define as a weed. Basically, if a plant is in the wrong place at the wrong time for multiple functions.

We have plants growing around the Tiny Diner and at our rented 2-acre plot at Garden Farme that most conventional lawn care providers would define as weeds: plantain, white clover, dandelions, sunflowers, creeping charlie, etc. And to those of us who are used to looking at perfectly, over-watered and chemical-ridden lawns as ‘healthy’, our gardens are not uniform. And because they are diverse and layered and adaptive, they are actually way more healthy for many species, including us! Our growing spaces look more like a prairie or forest floor, with sprinkles of various low-lying plants that hold soil and produce flowers during the hard times of extended drought and inundations (dandelions, creeping charlie, etc.).

This Monday July 17th we are hosting a class called, “Weed Identification: The Good, The Bad and the Beneficial,” from 5:30-6:30. We will have a fairly large group and snacks with Q&A at the end so be sure to join us. If you can’t, we are hosting another class in August/Sept so stay tuned. For more class info: http://www.tinydiner.com/event/weed-identification-the-good-the-bad-the-beneficial/.

July Classes & Events 2017

Our July month is packed with great class themes about bugs, weeds, ayurvedic practices and youth candle-making and more. PLUS, our Farmers’ Market is every Thursday night in July! See below for more information.

 

Class: Good Bug, Bad Bug with Jessica Miller

Date: Saturday July 15th

Time: 3:00- 4:00

In this class we will share the wonder and fascination that comes from the world of insects. Have you ever felt disgust or fear from the sight an insect? We can help! Using current research and interesting facts we hope to add curiosity to your reaction and an appreciation of the services these insects provide. $5 suggested donation. Please email andrea.e@tinydiner.com with questions & to reserve your spot!

Instructor Bio: Jessica Miller has a Masters in Entymology from the University of Minnesota. This is a perfect fit for her as it combines her passions for insect and ecosystem health. She completed her Master’s Thesis on Minnehaha Creek and now shares her passion for insects through outreach and education. Check out more of her work on her website: Dragons Wynd, www.dragonswynd.com.

 

Class: Weed Identification: The Good, The Bad, The Beneficial

Date: Monday July 17th

Time: 5:30-6:30

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.

Instructors Bio: Neal Baxter has been the coordinator of Bancroft-Meridian Garden for many years and is a board member on the neighborhood council. Andrea Eger has been a community organizer and organic farmer for the past 5 years.

 

Class: Summer Eating for Your Dosha: An Introduction to Ayurveda

Date: Thursday July 20th

Time: 6:30-7:30

Ayurveda is the ancient system of healthcare in India that translates to life wisdom.  Seasonal eating is an integral part of the holistic Ayurvedic approach to health and healing. In this class we will learn about the basic concepts of Ayurvdea and discuss suitable fruit and vegetables for different constitutions. We’ll also talk about the qualities and benefits of local produce and how eating according to Ayurvedic principles can keep you cool and healthy in the hot summer months. Suggested donation of $5-10. Please email andrea.e@tinydiner.com to reserve your space!

Instructor Bio: This class is taught by Dr. Vanashree Gadam in partnership with Minnesota Ayurveda Association and Svasti Yoga.

 

Classes for Kids

 

Title: Herbs, Weeds & Edible Flowers

Date: Wednesday July 12th 

Time: 9:00-10:30am

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 right here in Minneapolis. 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 andrea.e@tinydiner.com 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.

Instructor Bios: Megan Trehey is joyously overwhelmed by the beauty of the natural world. With a background in early childhood education, she has extensive experience gardening with kids and families. She has several teachers and mentors to thank in igniting her passion for this work, including Kathryn Jensen, Johanna O’Tigham, Linda Buturian and Lise Wolff. She is continuing her studies in herbalism with the Green Wisdom School of Natural and Botanical Medicine this summer. You can find Megan working and playing with Land by Hand, an ecological design, build and education organization that utilizes the principles of permaculture.

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 studied herbalism with Lise Wolff, Liz Johnson and Matthew Wood, and flower essence therapy with Martin Bulgerin in Minneapolis and the Flower Essence Society in California. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with kids so that they too get to know the wonder and magic of the natural world around them. She practices herbalism and flower essence therapy out of her home in Northeast Minneapolis and can be found on the web at www.claregardnernieto.com.

 

Title: Pollinators! (and Other Helpful Bugs)

Date: Wednesday July 26th

Time: 9:00-10:30am

We encounter them every day, but do you know who the pollinators are? During this class, kids and families will learn about our local pollinator friends and what they do important to support 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 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 andrea.e@tinydiner.com to reserve your spot. Space is limited!

Instructor Bios: Megan Trehey is joyously overwhelmed by the beauty of the natural world. With a background in early childhood education, she has extensive experience gardening with kids and families. She has several teachers and mentors to thank in igniting her passion for this work, including Kathryn Jensen, Johanna O’Tigham, Linda Buturian and Lise Wolff. She is continuing her studies in herbalism with the Green Wisdom School of Natural and Botanical Medicine this summer. You can find Megan working and playing with Land by Hand, an ecological design, build and education organization that utilizes the principles of permaculture.

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 studied herbalism with Lise Wolff, Liz Johnson and Matthew Wood, and flower essence therapy with Martin Bulgerin in Minneapolis and the Flower Essence Society in California. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with kids so that they too get to know the wonder and magic of the natural world around them. She practices herbalism and flower essence therapy out of her home in Northeast Minneapolis and can be found on the web at www.claregardnernieto.com.

 

Class: Frostbeard Youth Candle Making Workshop

Date: Friday July 28th

Time: 10:30-11:30

Kids will team up to create a community-inspired candle, discussing what their favorite things are in the neighborhood and how smells might represent those places or activities. From start to finish, participants will learn all the steps involved in the candle making process – melting wax, adding scent and dye, and finally pouring candles. Will the candles smell like lilacs from Powderhorn Park or basil from community gardens? Maybe ice cream or fresh cut grass – it’s up to your group to decide!

Each participant will bring home one 4oz soy candle and be able to pour several others. Proceeds from any extra workshop candles will go to local youth organizations and will be available for purchase at the Tiny Diner Farmer’s Market as well as Frostbeard Studio. Space limited! Email andrea.e@tinydiner.com to RSVP.

Suggested material fee suggested donation – $5.

Instructor Bio: Frostbeard Studio is located in the Powderhorn Neighborhood of Minneapolis and is known for their book-scented candles. Frostbeard started out in 2012 as a pottery studio owned by married couple Roxie, a ceramist, and Tom, a commercial animator. The mission of the studio is to connect with like-minded folks, make a positive difference in the world and create more book nerds.

 

Ongoing Events

Tiny Diner Farmers’ Market

Every Thursday in JULY

5-8pm 

Come enjoy the local fruits and foods, crafts and music of our community! Support farmers through local purchases and acknowledging the hard-earned abundance they create for us. For more information about the market, please talk to Katie, katie.m@tinydiner.com.

Happy Summer Solstice!

Welcome to the first day of summer 2017!

With our longest days happening yesterday and today, lets slow down, take a seat and observe all the life that is happening due to our sun. We have tons of foliage and blooms, fresh greens and bees, and sweet breezes and tasty berries. All of life on our planet is due to the perfect distance our Earth is from the Sun. Aren’t we lucky?

The word “Solstice” comes from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). It may seem that during our summer solstice, the sun stands still because it is at it’s highest arc above us in the northern hemisphere. For various communities, it is the end of spring, the marking of fertility, and a remembrance to enjoy the abundance we can share during this season.

Let’s observe and appreciate the natural rhythms of our earth – our seasons, our rotation around the sun and the other more local rhythms in our backyards. If you were not able to celebrate with a toast of some kind or a fair summer wish to a neighbor, take the time to do so tonight, every night. Come to the Tiny Diner and celebrate the light with us!

Tiny Diner’s mustard, clematis and grapes galore! Full sun lovers.
Minnesota has up to 16 hours of daylight on Summer Solstice, between June 20th and June 21st.
Campfire on the Eve of June 20th, Summer Solstice. Honoring the end of spring, the beginning of summer, and being in place.