Forcing Spring

The snow and freezing temperatures might fool some, but we know spring is on its way. The light is stronger these days, and we’ve got thousands of baby plants living and breathing in our makeshift basement grow room.


In 2013, we’re making do with what we’ve got for seed-starting space: a basement grow room that holds around 140 trays of plants, and the small outdoor hoop house we built last spring (remember last March, when it was 70 degrees and we were building a hoop house in t-shirts?). We’re starting everything in the basement, then moving our hearty little onions out to the unheated hoop house as soon as this cold snap breaks. Hopefully, they’ll experience their first natural light this weekend!

We’re also doing our part to melt the snow around here: putting up a new high tunnel on 15th Avenue, which will help us extend the season and bring you salad greens, tomatoes, basil, and cucumbers earlier than we’ve ever been able to! Yesterday, despite the cold, we stretched the plastic and started warming the ground.




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  1. We love what you’re doing and would love for you to participate in our Conscious Living Expo on April 6. You have so much to share and teach!!! We are hosting an event which incorporates living with a deep awareness of our community, our environment and our mind, body and soul. It’s all FREE – admission, classes, health assessments, cooking demonstrations, workshops, and 100 Chinook books to the first 100 households and other free give-a-ways. Cafe’ Racer Food Truck will be here with its healthy Latin Cuisine. MRES and CEE will be talking about alternative energy, along with alternative health exhibitors and everything we need to know to ~ Live green, Live healthy! It’s in the Linden Hills neighborhood of SW Minneapolis at Lake Harriet Spiritual Community. If you would like to exhibit or hold a workshop please call me at 612-922-4272. Or please come, bring your friends and please spread the word far and wide! It’s a zero waste event, too.

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