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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I love it when a plan comes together

The trouble with writing a blog like this is that it's a moving target- what I'm writing about changes faster than I can write about it. To catch up a bit, here are pictures of a couple of greenhouses based on our ideas:

On the Great Expectations Charter School in Grand Marais, MN. (http://www.greatexpectationsschool.com/about-us/index.html) These folks are in their first full year of operating the greenhouse. It feeds the kids, and teaches them about both growing and sustainability.


Liz Bellina's near Rushford, MN.
When I took this picture of her greenhouse-in-progress a few years ago I warned Liz that that it would make her famous. She doubted that, but found out, as the schools, 4H and others want to use her space or buy her greens. When we asked her how much greens it puts out, she said, “How many do you have time to pick?”




We know of several other greenhouses, although I don't have pictures, in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, New York State, Virginia, Wyoming, Manitoba, Ontario, and others that I've missed- Sorry



GARDEN GODDESS NEWS
We spent a pleasant time last weekend at Blue Cloud Abbey in South Dakota (http://www.bluecloud.org/). The occasion was a retreat for the Board of EarthRise Farms (http://earthrisefarmfoundation.org/), who have asked us to sit on their Board. Our missions are very similar- we are planning much closer cooperation in the future, so watch for news.


Calendar:
On Friday February 4th, 2011 Chuck and Carol will be presenting at the Northern Plains Sustainable Ag conference in Fargo, ND (http://www.npsas.org/) We look forward to seeing many friends there, such as from FARRMS (http://www.farrms.org/index.shtml).
On Saturday, February 12, 2011 Chuck will be presenting at the Avon Hills Conference at St. John's University (http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lothe013/mnats/2011/01/feb-12-2011-living-the-avon-hi.html).

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