Our Transition Northfield group is hosting a Transition Town training class right here in Northfield on June 13 and 14! It will be led by trainers Becky and Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture. For more information and the registration form, see our Transition Northfield page.

It’s plenty cold and snowy out . . . but in spite of the wintry weather its time to think ahead to springtime! Soon seedlings will be sprouting and dandelions blooming. Now’s the time to apply for a garden plot at the Greenvale Park Community Garden.

Garden plots are 10 feet by 20 feet (with a 10’x10’ half-plot option also available.) If you get a plot, you can plant what you choose and you will be responsible for weeding, watering, harvesting and otherwise maintaining your plot throughout the growing season. The produce of the plot will be yours to eat, share, and use as you choose. All gardeners at the community garden will use organic gardening methods, and experienced gardeners will be available to help newer gardeners learn the necessary skills.

Community Gardens are just as much about growing community as growing food! Learning from your gardening neighbors is part of the joy of it . . . share recipes, gardening tips, or figure out together what’s that bug that’s eating your beans. In addition to gardening in their own plots, gardeners will participate on work teams to share tasks like maintaining the compost, mowing and trimming grassy areas, and working the Sharing Plot. All the produce from the Sharing Plot is donated to the Northfield Food Shelf.

Applications will be accepted beginning February 2. Applications (in English and Spanish) can be picked up at Northfield Public Library, Greenvale Park School, Northfield CAC, and Northfield Schools Community Services Division. They can also be downloaded in pdf form from the links below.

Completed applications should be mailed to Northfield Community Gardeners, or they may be dropped off at the Greenvale Park School office or the Community Services Division at the NCRC. Once applications are approved, gardeners will pay a gardening fee of $25 for the year ($15 for half-plots) to help cover costs of water and other garden expenses. Financial assistance will be available through the CAC for those who are unable to pay the full amount. If you have further questions about the garden please call. Habla Espanol? Llame al 507-663-0662.

A quick update on the Northfield Area Latino Farmers and our Poultry CSA Operation.
 
-          As always, visiting our weblog www.latinoenterprisecenter.org gives you more information and pictures about different projects we are working on.
-          We have assembled a group to launch the MN Latino Farmers Cooperative, we will be incorporating this new enterprise in the coming weeks.
-          The Northfield Area Poultry CSA will become the first producer associated with the cooperative.
-          The cooperative will then assemble a statewide support infrastructure to produce and market Latino farmer products in cooperation with farmers in other communities.
-          Our Northfield poultry operation is running its second pick-up day tomorrow Friday the 27th, so far we have produced over 2200 lbs of chicken and have birds growing for an estimated total of 5,000 lbs , every other week we get a new batch in, so we will have 9 more batches before the season is over for another total of around 9,000 lb of finished birds.  Though this may have any significance in the poultry industry, it has a great meaning to the folks who are growing this enterprise.
-          One of the poultry growers is now also tending 2 acres of vegetables, we expect him to move into farming full time probably for the 2009 season if we can assemble the marketing and support systems to keep his operation growing.
-          This week, we received our Minnesota Department of Agriculture food handlers license, if you know of a friend who owns a restaurant and is interested in serving naturally grown free range chicken, please help us spread the word.  The number to call is below.
-          We have certified a delivery unit which consists of a trailer and two freezers, with capacity for 2 more freezers for regional delivery.
-          If you want to visit our place tomorrow, purchase a bird or two to try or simply want to come and visit the operation, our pick-up days are also a sort of open house.  The address is 4597 315th street west, Northfield, MN and we will be open for new customers and visitors from 1 to 5 pm.
-          Our pick-up days are Fridays every other week with the last one on October 31st
 
Thank you for all of your support.
 
Reginaldo.
 
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
Director
Latino Enterprise Center
207 Third Street W.
Northfield, MN 55057
Tel: 952 201 8852
a Program of Main Street Project

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