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Powderhorn Joins Minneapolis Edible Boulevards!

Powderhorn Joins Minneapolis Edible Boulevards!

Elder Hope Flanagan led a foraging class at Four Sisters Farm in East Phillips on June 4.photos provided by Minneapolis Edible Boulevards By MICHELLE SHAW, Minneapolis Edible Boulevards Do you live in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood? If so, you can now join your neighbors who live in Cedar Riverside, Ventura Village, Midtown Phillips, Phillips West and East Phillips by applying for an edible boulevard. Hindolo Pokawa, the new environmental justice community coordinator for the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA), has been leading the effort to bring the two groups together. He is just as passionate as Minneapolis Edible Boulevards about having Powderhorn residents participate in this movement. “Our human and ecological relationships are based on extracting and exploiting each other and the environment. If we do not interact, know how people are feeling, or know the impact of our extractive and exploitative dynamics, ideas would never generate,” Pokawa says. Both groups are intentionally setting out to be inclusive, work towards food justice, and heal our environment together.   So what exactly does that mean for the participating Southside Green Zone neighborhoods listed above? Minneapolis Edible Boulevards (MEB) has funding to go towards teaching people how to transform the space between sidewalks and curbs into an edible boulevard, in addition to paying for soil testing, seeds, seedlings, organic soil, and compost. An application is posted on the our Facebook page, which you’re invited  to join, or reach out to the email below to get the application link sent to you if you’re not on Facebook. For those who live in a nearby neighborhood that isn’t currently participating, contact your neighborhood association to let them know if you’d like them to create a partnership with Edible Boulevards. All are invited to attend MEB monthly cooking classes being held at local community gardens over the summer. [...]

Library News July ’22

Library News July ’22

Library News Carz Nelson All information listed here is accurate as of June 15, 2022. For the most recent information, check out the library website at www.hclib.org. FRANKLIN LIBRARY HOURS Monday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. FRANKLIN OPEN STREETS Franklin Library is hosting special events for Franklin Open Streets. Outside on the lawn, as well as inside the library, there will be a wide variety of exhibits, performances, presentations, and activities. Sunday, July 10, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. ADVICE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES The City of Minneapolis Small Business Team is holding public office hours at Franklin Library. This is a great opportunity for people with questions about starting, maintaining, or expanding their business. Please feel free to drop in – no appointment needed. Tuesdays, July 12 and 26, 12 - 2 p.m. COFFEE & CONVERSATIONS Join us at Franklin Library for Coffee & Conversations! Friday, July 8, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. FAIR FINANCIAL VISITS FRANKLIN LIBRARY Community Ambassadors for FAIR, a program through Prepare & Prosper, will answer questions and sign people up for this financial service. Friday, July 29. RESOURCES AND SUPPORT The Bridge for Youth visits Franklin Library the fourth Wednesday of each month, 2 - 5 p.m. They connect people with resources and provide hygiene items and other supplies. Look for them in their outreach van on the corner of 14th and Franklin Avenue. FREE FOOD Franklin and Hosmer Libraries are collaborating with Every Meal to distribute free meal bags. Bags are free for anyone to take, while supplies last. HOMEWORK HELP Homework Help is back to its normal schedule. Both Franklin and Hosmer Libraries offer free one-on-one tutoring for K-12 students. Franklin: Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:30 - 7:30 [...]

Save Money – Eat Your Weeds

Save Money – Eat Your Weeds

Purslane Violets By MARY ELLEN KALUZA Eating well is expensive even without high inflation. Save money by foraging around your backyard, neighbor’s yard, or other overgrown areas. A small pile of free greens can easily save you $5. Here are a few common weeds that are delicious and nutritious. (Always look up the plant to safely identify and prepare. Harvest in areas you know are not treated with chemicals. Get permission, if necessary. Rinse thoroughly.) Lamb’s Quarter: My neighbor turned me on to lamb’s quarters years ago with quesadillas stuffed with them. Yum! They are also quite tasty on their own, lightly steamed with a little salt and pepper. Lamb’s quarters contain oxalic acid and you don’t want to eat too much of them raw. (Cooking removes the acid.) Purslane (verdolagas in Spanish): Purslane can be a pesky weed in the garden. Or in your sidewalk cracks. I get particular pleasure eating this weed because its stubborn tap roots and bazillion seeds make it hard to control. The plant is delicious raw or cooked with a light lemony flavor, eaten around the world. I recently had a green chili stew with purslane and it was the BEST green chili stew ever! Nettle: Last month Nikki Fleck shared a fabulous nettle recipe, and included the myriad of nutritional benefits the plant provides. Find it May’s alley online: https://alleynews.org/. Nettles are at home in fancy dishes or simply sauteed in butter. (Note: Handle nettles with gloves until cooked.) Dandelion: Four decades ago I had newly arrived Hmong neighbors. The grandmother of the family often visited my sister and me in our garden. We didn’t speak the same language, but we learned a lot from her. In particular, she taught us to eat our dandelion greens - a powerhouse of nutrients. Dandelions are a little bitter raw but cooking cuts the bitterness. Pigweed: A member of the amaranth family (as is lamb’s quarter), it is not the showy type of amaranth that makes you pause [...]

Women’s Environmental Institute Again Offers Its Classes FREE to The Phillips Community!

Women’s Environmental Institute Again Offers Its Classes FREE to The Phillips Community!

WEI foraging class prepared findings to eat WEI’s Pickle canning class at Little Earth with instructor Diane / Provided by the Women’s Environmental Institute By the Women’s Environmental Institute Live, work, play, or pray in Minneapolis Phillips Neighborhood? Interested in organic farming, aquaponics, beer making? Foraging for food? These classes and more, are available from Women's Environmental Institute (WEI) to folks in the Phillips Neighborhood completely FREE of charge. 1. Visit w-e-i.org to see all classes.  2. Click on “2022 Upcoming Classes,” which appears over the changing images. 3. Make a note of classes you would like to take and meeting dates 4. Click GREEN “Jobs Openings, Scholarships and Applications” label at the top of the page.  5. Click on the link, “Registration for Residents of Phillips Neighborhood”.  6. Fill in the application on this page using your note of classes you want to take.  7. Click the submit button at the bottom of the page. PLEASE WAIT for a response that will say “We have received your application and will get back to you shortly.” This statement verifies that your application has been received.  For help, call 612-987-6563.

Cultural Wellness Center June ’22

Library Gnus

Library Gnus

by Carz Nelson All information listed here is accurate as of March 15, 2022. For the most recent information, check out the library website at www.hclib.org. FRANKLIN LIBRARY HOURS Monday 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday 12 Noon to 8 PM Wednesday 12 Noon to 8 PM Thursday 12 Noon to 8 PM Friday 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM Sunday 12 Noon to 5 PM DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITS Don’t miss Mammal Madness- kids can fill out a bracket! Other new displays in the library include gardening, cultures of the world, and supernatural North America. LIBRARY GNUS Wildebeest Library Appreciation Day is April 1. Mark your calendar. RESOURCES AND SUPPORT The Bridge for Youth visits Franklin Library the fourth Wednesday of each month, 2 to 5 PM. They connect people with resources and provide hygiene items and other supplies. Look for them in their outreach van on the corner of 14th and Franklin Avenues. FREE FOOD Franklin Library is collaborating with Every Meal to distribute free meal bags. Bags are located inside the library entrance and are free for anyone to take, while supplies last. HOMEWORK HELP Homework Help is back to its normal schedule. Both Franklin and Hosmer Libraries offer free one-on-one tutoring for K-12 students. Franklin: Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:30-7:30 PM Hosmer: Mondays 4-7:30, Saturdays 1-4 PM CONNECT AND PLAY/ APRENDEMOS JUNTOS AT HOSMER LIBRARY For children under five and their caregivers. Connect with your child during this drop-in program exploring early literacy activities. Wednesdays 4-6 PM FAMILY STORYTIME/ RIMAS Y CUENTOS AT HOSMER LIBRARY For children of all ages and their caregivers. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement in English and Spanish. Sunday, April 10 1-1:30 PM READING SUGGESTIONS Looking for a good book to read? You could ask a librarian. At hclib.org, towards the bottom of the page, you’ll find the link, Ask us for reading suggestions. This leads [...]

Nourish Your Liver

Nourish Your Liver

By NIKKI FLECK Green garden harvest ready to support the liver (photo by Nikki Fleck)     As we transition towards spring, you may have noticed your body waking earlier, a few more birds chirping, your brain daydreaming of beautifully bold colored vegetables from the farmers market…subtle energies awakening again. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspective spring is related to the liver, or wood element. This Five Element perspective provides us with a special lens to view the seasons. This lens provides insight and wisdom on how to care for our bodies and brains throughout the ever shifting seasons. Our body's requirements in August are quite different from January for example.    In March we enter liver season which is all about waking up, expanding, cleansing, visioning the future and flowing freely. It relates to the color green and being confident and clear within the choices we make while being flexible as plans often shift.    The liver has many responsibilities from both a western medical and eastern medicine perspective. In TCM the liver plays an important role in emotional health, regulating menstruation, supporting the eyes, tendons, hair and nails. The health of the liver ensures all of the other organs are working properly and assists in protecting us against infections like the common cold. When the liver is strong and functioning properly we are much better equipped at receiving what comes our way. It’s about learning how to stay soft, open, present, even within physical pain or emotional discomfort. Signs that the liver may be stuck or not functioning optimally (in TCM)  include: irritability, depression, menstrual irregularities and mood swings. Liver disharmony may also cause sluggishness, swollen eyes or throat, headaches, chronic stiffness and difficulty making decisions.  During liver season our bodies appreciate a higher ratio of plant based foods, herbs and [...]

Minneapolis Edible Boulevards is Hiring Youth!

Minneapolis Edible Boulevards is Hiring Youth!

By MICHELLE SHAW Ingredients for making walnut meat taco bowls from December's cooking class Photo provided by Minneapolis Edible Boulevards Together with Growing North Minneapolis, Julius Rennie, Kelly Shay, and Caring is Culture, Minneapolis Edible Boulevards is hiring youth from the Phillips and Cedar Riverside neighborhoods to work through March 31, 2022. Applications will be open until the positions are filled. If you're 14-18, enjoy engaging with your community and making a difference, and have a passion for growing food, we'd love to have you apply. You can find an application on our Minneapolis Edible Boulevards Facebook page, or send an email to minneapolisedibleboulevards@gmail.com.  In other news: join us on January 22, 2022, for another free cooking class on Zoom! You buy the groceries and cook from your own kitchen; we provide instruction with Kelly Shay of Harmonious World. In December we made Walnut Meat Taco Bowls, which were absolutely delicious, and while we're deciding what to make in January based on feedback from our attendees, we'd love to have you sign up. You can find the registration link for the event on our Facebook page. If you don't do Facebook, reach out using the email above. We can't wait to cook with you!

Food and Lack of Nutrition

By Randall Gray For over the last 20 years I have noticed the foods I eat are getting to taste less and less as it should. I”'ve quit eating anything from a can, fast food restaurants (a.k.a. McDonald”'s, Burger King or any one of the sort), any food that is microwaveable or pre-made. While growing up, over 90 percent of the foods we ate were not pre-made, frozen or stuffed with so many ingredients that when you try to pronounce them, it seems like you”'re just trying to say some glorified word for a particle that you would rather use to adhere wallpaper to the wall. What ever happened to the ingredients on the package stating “fruit or vegetable, salt or sugar, vinegar or water? Have we wanted to preserve so much of our bodies that we have to add these chemicals to our foods? With all these different preservatives in our foods and the rise of all the different health issues we have now, isn”'t there a connection between the two? Years ago kids were not on medication for ADHD; it didn”'t exist! What are these chemicals doing to us, our bodies and our society? Let”'s look at what has changed from 1940 to now. You very rarely heard of anyone getting E-coli poisoning. Restaurants actually slapped the burger patties together and threw them on the grill. French fries were made from potatoes that came out of the ground””peeled, sliced, and deep fried. Salads were made from a fresh head of lettuce with dressings that were made from everything that was not loaded with processed anything. Now to what we have today...over 98 percent of all fast food restaurants have their food brought into the restaurant that has been pre-made in some factory, with additives, preservative and fillers that help enhance the food”'s taste. Yes, that”'s right! Additives to help enhance the food”'s taste! (more…)

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