Growing in the Twin Cities with Backyard Harvest

Building a sustainable (and delicious) urban food system – one yard at a time

Yep, it’s another Canning Bee on Nov 7 October 29, 2010

Filed under: Events — Krista Leraas @ 6:44 pm

Our first canning bee was so popular that we decided to hold another one!

In the spirit of “using what you have” and leveraging community assets, please join Backyard Harvest in our SECOND canning bee.  Backyard Harvest and local preservationist Jill Jacoby are teaming up to help you preserve your bounty and share the use of canning equipment for individuals new to canning.  Participants will learn proper home-canning techniques, and each take home jars according to the amount they bring.

Bring your cool-season crops or what’s available at the farmer’s markets, and we provide the rest.  Base fee covers kitchen rental, pantry items, equipment, and a certified Food Manager; 50 cents for each glass jar you use (or bring your own).

Fall Canning Ideas:
Pickling– beets, brussel sprouts, peppers, etc.
Tomatoes
Green Tomato Mincemeat, pickles, relish
Sauerkraut
Apple Sauce, Apple Butter, Apple Pie Filling,
Pumpkin Spread
Garlic
Picallili (zucchini, carrots, cauliflower)
Cranberry relish, cranberry jelly, etc.

When: Sunday, November 7 starting at 1:00pm for first-time canners, 1:30pm for repeat canners and going through 5pm
Where: St. Olaf Community Campus, 2901 Emerson Ave N, Minneapolis
Cost: $10 plus cost of jars used. Please bring cash to the event.
To register: Contact Jill at 414-708-8191 or jilljacoby@hotmail.com by November 4th

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Come to our Canning Bee on October 16! October 12, 2010

Filed under: Events — Krista Leraas @ 2:08 pm

In the spirit of “using what you have” and leveraging community assets, please join Backyard Harvest in our first canning bee.  Backyard Harvest and local preservationist Jill Jacoby are teaming up to help you preserve your bounty and share the use of canning equipment for individuals new to canning.  Participants will learn proper home-canning techniques, and each take home jars according to the amount they bring.

Bring your cool-season crops or what’s available at the Farmer’s Markets, and we provide the rest.  Base fee covers kitchen rental, pantry items, equipment, and a certified Food Manager; 50 cents for each glass jar you use.

Bring fruit…we’ll make preserves or conserves.
Bring peppers, zucchini, green beans, watermelon…we’ll make pickles.
Bring any type of vegetables and we’ll make stone soup!

Where: St. Olaf Community Campus, North Minneapolis
Cost: $5 plus cost of jars used. Please bring cash to the event.
To register: Contact Jill at 414-708-8191 or jilljacoby [at] hotmail.com by October 14!

 

Growing a sustainable food system takes teamwork…. August 31, 2010

Filed under: Events,News/Updates — Krista Leraas @ 10:33 am

Just 12 little hours left to throw your support behind Backyard Harvest’s Kickstarter campaign! By supporting us, you can help city dwellers transform their landscapes into tasty, beautiful & sustainable mini-farms while simultaneously transforming our relationships to food & farmers. Goodness.

If nothing else, visit the site to watch our lovely little video.

Once again, lots of gratitude to those who have already pledged their support! If you are “waiting to see how close we get”, wait no more! All of those who are “waiting” can make a big difference in whether we meet our goal or not.

 

Composting in the City Workshop – August 12 July 27, 2010

Filed under: Events,News/Updates — Krista Leraas @ 1:26 pm

Turn your yard & kitchen scraps into black gold for your garden

Join us for the inaugural workshop at Moreno Farms, a 2-year old urban growing operation in the Standish Neighborhood of South Minneapolis.

What: Composting in the City
When
: Thursday, August 12, 6-8:30pm
Where
:
Moreno Farms, 4015 Standish Ave S, Minneapolis

Permaculturist Reed Aubin leads a workshop on compost in an urban garden with the goals of long-term fertility and waste management. We will discuss the basic parameters for managing an effective compost pile and explore practical solutions for our specific situations. Great for beginners!


Topics include: How Compost Works, What to Compost, Where to site your compost bin, Advice for buying or Building Bins, Carbon-Nitrogen ratios (made simple), Macro- and Micronutrients, Compost Pests, Winter Considerations, Procuring and Storing Materials, Worm Composting, Kitchen Practices, Troubleshooting, Compost Tea, Getting Started, and more as time allows.


Reed Aubin loves soil life. He is a member of the Permaculture Research Institute Cold Climate Teacher’s Guild, and teaches composting at El Colegio High School in South Minneapolis.

Cost: $20;$15 for Backyard Harvest participants

RSVP via e-mail or phone to Krista (harvest@pricoldclimate.org, 612-209-2146) & please send your check payable to “PRI Cold Climate” to PRI Cold Climate, PO Box 22508, Minneapolis, MN 55422. Note that your check is for the Composting in the City Workshop. Space is limited to 12 so reserve yours ASAP.


 

Rivertown Commons Urban Farm Tour July 20, 2010

Filed under: Equal access,Events,News/Updates — leaberg @ 11:22 pm

If you’ve been following us this summer, you know that Backyard Harvest has partnered with the Cornerstone Development Group to install 435 sq. ft. of food gardens at Rivertown Commons, an urban apartment development located in Frogtown. This garden showcases our innovative model of food production at a multi-unit housing site. Residents are sharing the ultra-local harvest, following the garden through the seasons, and coming together around delicious food and garden-related activities.

The garden will be open to the community for touring (led by Farmer Dina) on Thursday, July 22nd between 10AM and 12 noon. Anyone is invited to stop by anytime during that time frame. We will be on hand to answer your questions!

Rivertown Commons is located at: 175 Charles Avenue, St. Paul (garden location is in the courtyard behind the building)

 

A Fun & Easy Way to Support Our Work July 13, 2010

Filed under: Events,News/Updates — Krista Leraas @ 10:59 am

We've got our fingers crossed!

Through the end of August, you can support Backyard Harvest through Kickstarter!

What is Kickstarter? Kickstarter is a web-based funding organization that helps creative projects of all kinds get the money they need to do the cool stuff that they envision. Backers like you pledge an amount to the project. If the total amount requested is reached, your pledge is accepted & the money goes to support the project! Plus, you get a reward if you choose one. If the total is not reached, your money just stays in your bank account. 😦
We would love to have your pledge contributing to our Kickstarter total! Just go to our project (here: http://kck.st/aOzSt8) & click on “Back this project”. Any amount over $2 will help us to reach our goal & continue to offer, improve & expand our great urban ag programming for urban farming entrepreneurs, food shelf patrons needing fresh veggies, beginning backyard gardeners, urban eaters & food system crusaders. Did I mention that there are rewards that are AWESOME!?

Remember that funding is all or nothing. We have to real our goal of $8,200 to receive any money at all through Kickstarter.

Will you please help us spread the word?

  • Post it on your blog
  • Link to it via Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or Tumblr
  • Share it via e-mail

Big thanks to everyone who has contributed in so many ways to making this program a success!

If you have questions about how Kickstarter works, see their FAQ or e-mail Krista.

amy.cayennepeppy@gmail.comamy.cayennepeppy@gmail.com
 

Come Visit Our Frogtown Garden! June 18, 2010

Filed under: Equal access,Events,News/Updates — leaberg @ 4:24 pm

This summer, Backyard Harvest has partnered with Frogtown Gardens to maintain a Backyard Harvest garden as a demonstration site to Frogtown residents.

Frogtown Gardens’ monthly meeting is this coming Monday June 21 from 6 to 7:30, at 970 Thomas Avenue, St. Paul. This address is the home of Heather Wells, Backyard Harvest customer.  If you’re curious what a Backyard Harvest garden looks like, take this invitation to see her veggies, strawberry patch and potato bin.  Also, learn more about the upcoming Frogtown Farm and enjoy the longest day of the year…a solstice Happy Hour!

The design being dreamed of for Frogtown Farm