Do you love walking past beautiful vegetable gardens in the neighborhood, decked out with juicy tomatoes and delectable lettuces? Do you wish you could bring some of that garden freshness into your own home? Transition Longfellow, your neighborhood sustainability group, would like to help neighbors jump on the home-grown veggie bandwagon. This fun community activity allows neighbors to meet neighbors while sharing their love for fresh, locally grown food.
Sign Up HERE.
DEADLINE for sign-up: April 30
Transition Longfellow will help you:
The Gardening Matters Local Food Resource Hub will help you:
In exchange, we ask that you:
Who Can Participate?
NOTE: If you have physical limitations that would make gardening at ground level difficult, let us know. Our garden advisers may be able to come up with a solution that works for your abilities and your yard.
Already have a garden?
We are particularly looking for garden volunteers to help with:
How is our Mississippi River?
“State of the River” presentation April 17 at Minnehaha Academy North Campus
So, how is our Mississippi River? Is it okay to swim in? To eat the fish? Should I worry about Asian carp? How are the eagles? Recently the National Park Service (NPS) and Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) collaborated to provide some answers in the form of a “State of the River Report.” The report’s authors, Lark Weller (NPS) and Longfellow resident Trevor Russell (FMR), will present the report for the public at Minnehaha Academy North Campus, 3100 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, on April 17, 7:00-8:00 pm. Park at east lot, enter at the clock tower door; presentation will be in the chapel. Sponsored by Longfellow Community Council’s River Gorge Committee, the event is free and open to the public.
While strongly supported by science, the report is presented in a non-technical manner for a general public audience. It highlights 13 key indicators of water quality and river health in the metro Mississippi River. The report is online at www.stateoftheriver.com. A Stewardship Guide of river friendly tips for home, yard and community practices will be available at the presentation.
FFI: Lyndon Torstenson, 651-293-8426
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 2nd! We are concluding our grant activities for the Longfellow Community Council (LCC)/Volunteers of America (VOA)/Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church (MCLC) partnership. We will be hosting a final FREE celebration dinner that will feature a home-cooked meat chili and a vegetarian soup along with bread from New French Bakery.
We REALLY need the community’s support because we will be recognizing all of the amazing work that residents of the VOA have accomplished as we close out the program. They have completed their job trainings, volunteered for community events, cooked incredible meals for their community, donated vegetables they grew to the Aliveness project and many have obtained full-time employment. They really deserve a standing ovation for all of their hard work and we hope neighbors will gather together and support them as they move on to bigger and better things. So please join us and show your neighbors that you care.
Free Community Dinner
Tuesday, October 2
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church
4104 37th Avenue South
Now up on East Lake Street- Art in All Directions, a display of artwork by League of Longfellow Artists in Lake Street storefronts! Take a stroll down Lake Street at 36th, 39th, and 42nd Avenues and you’ll find some great artwork in the windows. Use the below flyer by LoLa artist Anita White as a guide:
And for good measure, here’s a short video by LoLa artists Bob Schmitt and Anita White describing the art display at 42nd & Lake Street in the Northwest Graphics window-front:
Thank you to everyone that came out to the community dinner on September 5th! We had over 150 attendees join us for an incredible Indian meal prepared by the staff at Gandhi Mahal and residents at Volunteers of America. During the meal, we celebrated all of the hard work of project participants in the Neighborhood Partnership Initiative project and gave residents the opportunity to get to know their neighbors. VOA residents learned the art of authentic Indian cooking while using only fresh ingredients from the Midtown Farmer’s Market and the Volunteers of America garden plot at the Minnehaha Community Garden.
Please mark your calendars for our third and final community dinner on Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church.
KSTP recently did a live report on our Irrigation-Free Landscape project:
Would you like to see your art along the Greenway? Now you can! The Longfellow Community Council is thrilled to announce that we are seeking bicycle art submissions to makeover utility boxes along the Greenway in Longfellow!
Utility boxes are frequently tagged and a source of blight in our community. However, thanks to the City of Minneapolis’ Graffiti Innovation Grant, we now have funding available to install works of art on utility boxes. Click here for details on how to submit. The deadline is September 12th, so act quickly! Questions? Contact Spencer@longfellow.org.
The Irrigation-Free Landscaping Workshop on July 28th went great! The weather was perfect for 20 workshop attendees to come learn more about the concept and check out the Irrigation-Free Landscaping pilot project. If you missed it, check out the below pictures and take a look at the project page on our website. Most of the information presented at the workshop is available on the page!
Prepare for Saturday’s Irrigation-Free Landscape Workshop by checking out this presentation by PRAIRIEFORM, which explains the basic concepts behind Irrigation-Free Landscaping:
Hope to see you at the workshop on Saturday!
Irrigation-Free Landscaping Workshop
Saturday, July 28th
NE corner of 29th Street & 42nd Ave
RSVP appreciated by not required: firstname.lastname@example.org
More details here.
This past Wednesday, July 11th the Longfellow Community Council and Volunteers of America partnered with the Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church to host one of their monthly community dinners. It was an opportunity for the residents at the VOA Residential Reentry Center involved in the Community Garden project to share their success and to engage the Longfellow community. A dozen or so other VOARRC residents volunteered to work the event and received food safety training from the parish nurse. Once completed, the guys set to work cooking a delicious pasta dinner with salad, using some of the veggies harvested from our garden! Those who weren’t in the kitchen went about diligently setting up for the event.
The community dinner was a great success! Approximately 100 community members were in attendance, and the VOA guys were able to make some great connections. One of the residents even performed one of his original songs for everyone at the event, a real treat! Thank you to everyone who made it out to the July community dinner, and make sure to keep an eye out for information about our next LCC-VOA-MCLC community dinner in late September and October. We hope to see you there!