Thursday, June 16, 2011

Types of Trees Available from Tree Nursery

Post and photo by Jeff Skrenes, Hawthorne Neighborhood Council Housing Director

On Saturday June 18 from 8 a.m. to noon, Hawthorne will have trees available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The tree nursery is located at 404 31st Ave N.  In order to be eligible for a tree, you have to be a property owner in north Minneapolis, and the tree must be placed within the community.  Our preference is to give away trees to people affected by the tornado, but we're going on the honor system.  Here are the trees we have available:

Autumn Brilliance - 10
Kentucky Coffeetree - 4
Redmond Linden - 12
Greenspire Linden - 5
Juniper - 7
Sugar Maple - 2
Blue Beech - 1
MN Redbud - 1

One of the Autumn Brilliance, as well as the Sugar Maples and the Blue Beech look to be in rough shape.  I believe they're all alive, but those four trees need a home fast.  Everything else is in good condition.  I look forward to getting people trees on Saturday!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tree Nursery Giveaway on Saturday June 18, 8 a.m. to Noon!

Post and photos by Jeff Skrenes, Hawthorne Neighborhood Council Housing Director

In response to the huge demand for trees, Hawthorne held off on giving them away through word of mouth.  Instead, we are opening the tree nursery this Saturday, June 11, from 8 a.m. to noon for trees on a first-come, first-served basis.  The address of the nursery is 404 31st Ave N.  There are currently 47 trees still available, but two of them look like they took second place in a Charlie Brown Christmas tree contest.  (so they're probably dead, is what I'm getting at here)

A list of which trees are still available will be published shortly, but keep Saturday morning on your calendar, rain or shine!

Monday, June 06, 2011

EcoVillage Tree Nursery - 47 Trees and Counting

Post and photos by Jeff Skrenes, Hawthorne Neighborhood Council Housing Director.

For the past few years, the Hawthorne Neighborhood Council has distributed free trees throughout north Minneapolis through our tree nursery in the EcoVillage.  Late last week we received this year's shipment - a whopping seventy-nine trees!  Given the damage in NoMi from the tornado, a decision was made to prioritize trees for those who lost one to the storm.

I announced our new shipment of trees at the Hawthorne Huddle and posted another announcement on the Minneapolis Tornado Watch Facebook page.  Word spread like wildfire, and before any standardized method for distributing trees was set up, over thirty trees already found new homes.

In order to try and give people throughout north Minneapolis an equal chance at getting a free tree, we will schedule a time later this week or on the weekend when trees can be picked up on a first-come, first-served basis.  The specifics of that announcement will be coming within the next 24 hours.