Friday, September 30, 2011

Celebrate the EcoVillage Garden October 1, 3-6 p.m.

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

On Saturday, October 1, Hawthorne will celebrate the first year of its community garden in the EcoVillage! The garden was featured on the Minneapolis parade of community gardens in August, and we'll have more of the delicious food, prepared and served fresh. Come and stop by anytime between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. for a great meal! In the videos above and below, EJAM organizer Harriet Oyera takes us on a quick tour of the garden.

The area in front of the garden is free for anyone to come by and take food.
Harriet finds a hot pepper that I claim as my own.
Harriet shows us some of the other vegetables growing in the garden.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Free Trees Still Available at EcoVillage Tree Nursery!

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

Earlier this summer Hawthorne was able to assist several dozen households throughout NoMi with new trees after the tornado.  Some trees are still left from that initial push, and the EcoVillage Tree Nursery has received several more trees as well.

We have:

11 Redmond Linden trees
9 Juniper trees
7 Autumn Brilliance trees
4 Greenspire Linden trees
2 Kentucky Coffeetrees

These are available to any homeowner in north Minneapolis, one per household, and they are all free.  As an added bonus, there are some small spruce trees that were left at the site.  The summer heat wave did a number on a few trees that might not make it through the winter.  So if any talented arborist thinks they might be able to save one of those, we'll let you take a regular tree AND one of the ones in need of some tender, loving care.

Think about that:  you get one tree for free already, and then a second tree also free of charge.  That's an increase in the value of your acquisition of infinity percent.  You won't find a deal like that anywhere else, guaranteed.

To make an appointment to pick up one of these trees, contact the Hawthorne office at 612-529-6033 x204, call me on my cell phone at 952-210-1086, or email me at