Spring sprouts and summer heat are upon us! Our workshop and event offerings this May will help you protect your soil with cover crops, increase your body awareness and health, teach you how to save seeds, as well as how to grow fruit! Not to mention we are hosting a plant sale fundraiser for Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association and a community garden near us on May 31st!
The Art of Growing Organic Fruit: Planting and Guild Design
Sunday May 6th
Cost: $100 series/$20 drop-in
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 planting trees & shrubs to thrive within a guild community of beneficial plants & fungi! We will discuss integrating flowers, herbs, groundcovers, vines, mushrooms & more! This class can be taken as a series or as single classes. ‘As they say, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is right now!’
Instructor: Cody Mastel is motivated by a constant fire of acquiring, mastering, & sharing skills that inspire others to learn through self-guided, hands-on experience. He helps facilitate learning throughout the Upper Midwest with organizations like Tiny Diner, MCTC, MPLS Community Ed & the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. 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.
Cover Crops for Urban Gardeners
Thursday May 10th
Cost: Free (suggested donation $5-10)
Using cover crops or green manure is an age-old agriculture soil-saving technique for many reasons. This class will focus on basics of soil heath, case studies of cover crops, sourcing and management. We will discuss how cover cropping can work with other backyard carbon and poultry systems. You will leave feeling confident on how to integrate and manage cover crops into your garden for the long-term benefit of soil health.
Instructor: Nick owes and operates Thrive Chef Works LLC, a personal chef and catering company. Next to cooking good food, growing good food is Nick’s equally vital passion. His formal experience as a grower includes 3 years as market garden manager for former St. Paul urban agriculture non-profit, Farm In The City, a summer teaching gardening classes for Gardening Matters, and a summer doing farm work in Italy through WWOOF. He regenerated and expanded a community orchard for Omega One LTD, a Minneapolis intentional community. Nick is a co-founder of Mixed Precipitation Theatre Collaborative and has acted as the lead chef since its inception 10 years ago.
Ayurveda for Stress and Vitality
Saturday May 19th
Cost: $10, scholarships available
The ancient Indian medicine called Ayurveda teaches mind and body are deeply connected. Imbalance in either one can affect the other on very subtle levels. In this class, you will learn about the amazing techniques in Ayurveda to cope with stress and lead a healthy happy life. This talk will focus on how Ayurveda looks at stress and how to balance sattva, rajas, and tamas in your mind. A special section on how to improve your vitality will be discussed in this talk too. Come and learn how to keep mind and body in balance and improve your vitality. Scholarships are available! RSVPs required. Email andrea.e@tinydiner.
Instructor: Dr. Vanashree Gadam loves Ayurveda deeply and wants to globalize it so that people all over the world can benefit from this amazing ancient science. Dr Vanashree has a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from India, a five and a half year course. She also has special training in Nadi Pariksa, a technique used to diagnose disease by reading an individual’s pulse. This class is presented by Minnesota Ayurveda Association and Svasti Yoga.
Service Berry Orchard Walk
Thursday May 24th
Interested in growing more fruit in your yard? Come learn about Service Berries (also know as June Berries) in this informal lunch hour class. We’ll talk about ideal spaces to grow them, best varieties, and see examples of different bush and tree varieties in the Tiny Diner garden. We’ll also have plenty of samples for you to try! All your Service/June Berry questions will be answered. This is a kid friendly event.
Instructors: 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 the Education and Market Coordinator at Tiny Diner and an organic farmer for the past 5 years. She first learned about permaculture in 2008 while working at a women’s collective farm in Guatemala and was instantly hooked. Since then, she has become a certified permaculture designer and has used her skills to design sustainable and resilient farming systems and businesses.
Journey With The Rose: Flower Essences, Chakra Healing, and Guided Meditation
Saturday May 26th
Cost: $50.00 (sliding scale for 10 people)
Rain Date: June 2nd 2-5pm
Come celebrate the beauty of spring and nurture yourself in this healing class. This experiential class will focus on the Queen of the floral kingdom, the Rose. We will be taking a journey with the Rose, learning how to trust and open to the guidance that comes to us in communing with the flowers. In this class, you will learn how to make flower essences as well as participate in a guided mediation and a self chakra healing lead by Renne Butters, a healing touch practitioner. At the end of the class we will do a water healing blessing and make healing herbal tea blends for the class.
No prior experience is necessary and all levels are welcome. Please bring an open heart, pillows if you’d like to sit or lay down during the class, pen & paper and water. This class will take place on the east side of Tiny Diner under tents. Space is limited so email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot! The cost of this class is $50 but no one will be turned away if unable to pay. Please email email@example.com for more information about scholarships.
Backyard Seed Saving Series I of III: Save Biodiversity in Your Backyard
Saturday May 27th
Cost: $20 per class, $40 per series (sliding scale, no one will be turned away)
Learn how you can save and pass on agricultural biodiversity in your home and community this season. We will focus on 3 easy crops for the hour and discuss how we will all save seed this season and bring our harvests back to the seed swap in November! It can be very fulfilling and easy with a few tips. This is the first part of 3 classes: Part I: Basic seeds to save; Part II: Saving Tomato Seeds (and other wet seeds); and Part III: Fall Seed Saving for Flowers & Other Crops
Instructor: Koby Jeschkeit-Hagen is the founder of Seed Sages, a local education business that provides seed production trainings, consultations, and general education. Seed stewardship and biodiversity conservation is a driving force behind her work. She has worked at Emandal Farm, JD Rivers Children’s Garden, Seed Savers Exchange, Seeds of Change, Ecology Action, Tiny Diner, Hungry Turtle Farm and Farm Table Foundation. She also has a Masters in Community and Regional Planning as well as Permaculture training. She draws on many approaches to share diverse seed saving, farming and community-building methods.
Grow Aronia Berry Plants! Hands-on Workshop
Thursday May 31st
Location: Tiny Diner during Plant Sale
Cost: $5 for plant material
Would you like to grow a unique, cold-hearty, heat-tolerant, edible berry plant in your small (or large) space this year? Come to our short and sweet workshop all about the Aronia berry species. We will be planting a new Aronia crop in the Tiny Diner gardens together. Plus, you will receive planting and care instructions and take a barefoot plant home with you. Limited space due to limited plants so please RSVP ASAP with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructors: Tiny Diner’s Farm, Garden, and Market Advisor Koby Hagen and Tiny Diner’s Lead Gardener will lead this fun class! See other course descriptions to find out more about their experience levels.
Tiny Diner Plant Sale Fundraiser for PPNA and 3437 Community Garden!
Thursday May 31st
Location: Parking Lot of Tiny Diner
Can’t wait to dig your hands in the summer soil? Stock up on plants for your garden at the Tiny Diner Plant Sale! Wozupi Tribal Gardens is bringing a truck full of beautiful, organically-grown plant starts of your favorite vegetables, fruits and herbs. Pre-order your selections beginning May 7th on the PPNA website and receive a discount.
All proceeds from the sale will go to support two amazing community groups! The 3437 15th Avenue Community Garden and Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association.
Wozupi Tribal Gardens is an organic farm that is owned by the Shakopee Mdewakaton Sioux Community. Wozupi is committed to growing food in a way that nourishes the earth, the community, and people’s minds and bodies. Using environmentally-sustainable and fair labor practices, they grow vegetables, herbs and fruit, produce eggs, honey, and maple syrup.
3437 15th Ave Community Garden is a pesticide-free community garden in the Powderhorn Neighborhood of Minneapolis. They provide space in 25 raised beds gardens to new-to-gardening and experienced gardeners alike! In this family-friendly space, gardeners have the opportunity to grow their own food and create community. Want to get involved? Join a workday every Tuesday night this summer.
Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) works to enhance the quality of life in the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood by facilitating community engagement, embracing a diversity of voices, and fostering economic and community development. It strives to connect, inform, inspire and advocate on behalf of the entire community.