If there was ever a time I wanted to duplicate myself, it would be for the month of September so I could attend all the exciting

and unique events and classes we have this fall. We have our 5th Annual Tomato Tasting & Spice Challenge, baby goats, chickens and honey tastings at our Farmers’ Market each Thursday, natural dye and soap making classes, and a very unique workshop about stewarding bees and seeds at Lily Springs Farm.

 

For more info, see descriptions below. Send any questions and RSVPs to andrea.e@tinydiner.com. Scholarships are available for all classes! 

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5th Annual Tomato Tasting and (New!) Spice Challenge

Saturday September 15th from 12-2pm  

It’s tomato time! Would you like to revive your palette with distinct tomato flavors and other amazing tastes? Come on down to our Tomato Tasting and Spice Challenge. We will have taste-bud exploring challenge for you to earn a sweet prize. Plus everyone can vote on their favorite tomato and help local growers win too! Enjoy complimentary light refreshments and live music.

FREE! RAIN OR SHINE Suggested donation: $5-10. Any donations will go towards production stipends for local crop heros (gardeners and farmers) that grow rare, delicious crops and seeds in 2019. 

Tiny Diner Farmers’ Market Events: Thursdays 5-8pm

Chicken Play Day with Egg|Plant Farm Supply- 9/6 

Baby Goats with Goat Shine- 9/13

Community Sing with Janet Skidmore- 9/20

Rooftop Honey Tasting with Mademoiselle Miel- 9/27

Bouquets from Jerry’s Dahlias at our TD Farmers’ Market every Thursday night through Sept.

 

Soap Making Class with Longfellow Soap

Wednesday September 5th from 6-8:30

Cost: $20

Learn to make all natural soap with John Hanson, owner/maker of the Longfellow Soap Company. In this class you will learn how to make the 5,000 year old technique of making lye-based soap. Each student will receive a manual with equipment list, ingredients and where to buy locally, John’s “secret recipe”, instructions for making soap, and websites for purchasing essential oils. Each student will also take home five bars of soap the night of the class! Space is limited! Class is $20 but scholarships are available! Email andrea.e@tinydiner.comfor pay-what-you-can options or to RSVP.

Instructor Information: John Hanson is the owner of The Longfellow Soap Company and a a longtime resident of Longfellow neighborhood. He began making soap after taking a class that he purchased from a fundraising event for the Friends Quaker School in St. Paul. At first he gave all his soap away to family and friends until they started asking to buy it! Before making soap, John worked years in retail and another 14 in woodworking and carpentry. 

 

The Art of Growing Organic Fruit: Harvest, Seed Saving & Clean-up

Sunday September 9th 2-4

Cost: $20

Learn the art of harvesting for health of tree, seed-saving & more!

Join us for a workshop series exploring the cultivation of fruit trees, shrubs & other perennial edibles for our Northern climate. In this class you will learn the art of harvesting for health of tree, harvesting techniques, seed-saving & more! We will discuss many strategies for growing healthy fruit and keeping your garden ecosystem in balance. ‘As they say, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is right now!’

Instructor Information: Cody is owner of Land by Hand and co-founder of Open Hearth Permaculture Education. He graduated from the U of MN College of Design, and is a certified Permaculture Designer & Educator.

 

Bees and Seeds: In Our Hands

Sunday September 16th 10am-1pm

Cost: $40 (Scholarships Available)

Location: Lily Springs Farm in Osceola, WI 

Come explore the relationship between bees and seeds with us! Co-taught by Erin Rupp of Pollinate MN and Koby Hagen of Seed Sages, this class will explore the co-evolution and interdependence of bees and seeds, and how we can foster healthy existence for years to come. This class includes hands-on activities with bees and a tour of the Lily Springs Farm bee and seed plots, and some useful tips and resources to take home. Bring own lunch for 1pm, light snacks provided. Space is limited! Email andrea.e@tinydiner.com to RSVP.

Instructor Information: Erin Rupp works with Pollinate MN, a pollinator education and advocacy organization, working toward a better Minnesota for pollinators and people.  

Koby Hagen is the founder of Seed Sages, an educational organization that offers seed consultations, designs, trainings, and research for seed production. Their mission is to re-skill our garden and farm communities in the art of seed saving.

 

MN Grown Color: An Introduction to Natural Dyes

Sunday September 16th from 12-2

Cost: $10

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. Space is limited! Please RSVP to andrea.e@tinydiner.com

Instructor Information: Libby London has a background in cold climate permaculture farming, cooperative sustainable farming, and natural dyeing.  She currently runs a natural dye business called Northern Dyer where she grows and forages for natural dye plants, teaches workshops, researches dye plants for our region in Minnesota, and runs a custom dye lab. 

 

Seed Saving in September: Native Flowers & More              

Saturday September 23rd from 2-3 pm

$5-10 suggested donation

Come learn about and collect native plant seeds at the Tiny Diner! We will discuss ethical ways to collect seeds in our neighborhoods and in the wild, as well as best practices for seed collection and storage. This is the last part of our three-part series on seed saving. 

Instructor Information: Koby Hagen has been stewarding seed production and care for over ten years. She is passionate about connecting plants to people to animals through seeds. She is the founder of Seed Sages, a local seed production education company right here in the Twin Cities.