BIRCHWOOD BOOST: January through March 2017
Eat as much as you can at the Birchwood Cafe in the next three months. Round up for WEI and attend the special events listed below. The Birchwood is located 3311 East 25th Street, Mpls 55406. Open Mon-Fri : 7am-9pm and Sat-Sun : 8am-9pm
Birchwood Boost supports local nonprofits whose work aligns with our “Good Real Food” values. Food connects us all (everyone eats!) and food systems are a critical point of action for addressing human and environmental health, climate change & social justice issues.
CURRENT PARTNER for the first three months of 2017: Women’s Environmental Institute
WEI is dedicated to environmental, agricultural & food justice, especially for women, children and economically challenged communities. Learn how you can get involved!
BOOSTer Club Breakfast: Wake Up to Urban Agriculture with WEI
Friday, February 10/ 8–9:30am
Urban agriculture is a vital part of the solution to increasing access to fresh fruits & vegetables in urban areas. Learn what’s happening in the MN legislature from Karen Clark, and what you can do to help advance urban ag. Get tickets here.
World Day of Social Justice: Why Food is at the Epicenter
Monday, February 20 / 6–8pm
Where does your food come from? How is food a vital part of personal, community and environmental justice? Join us for this free event: a discussion with Professor Emerita Jacquelyn Zita (WEI Farm Manager & Director of Education), complete with clips from the classic film on sustainable agriculture, Fresh. Bring your appetite for change and Good Real Food. RSVP here.
Dine Out for WEI: Seeding the Future
Monday, March 20 / 5–9pm
Dine out and do good – we’ll donate 35% of our proceeds from this Equinox dinner to WEI – welcome in the Spring and bless our farmers for the season to come!
Take Action with WEI in 2017!
1. Join a CSA – choose from many packages!
WEI has multiple CSA options, including Spring Greens, a full 18-week CSA Share, a 10-week Flex Share, and November/December Holiday boxes. Learn more online!
2. Enroll in WEI’s new school, Down to Earth
– New Farmer Certificate Program
Want to learn a specific farming skillset? WEI has year-long classes in Beekeeping, Organic Orchard Care, Farming, Herbs & Herbalism, and Aquaponics.
– Take a Personal Development Class
Interested in Holistic Health, Wild Medicine, Inner Resiliency, writing, singing, yoga or meditation? WEI offers classes and day-long events all year long.
3. Attend Growing Power Training
Dive in to a weekend workshop and learn about sustainable farming from Will Allen, internationally renowned farmer who serves under-served populations. Sign up online!
4. Sign up for Organic Farming 101
New to farming? Join this unique ten-week educational winter course (February-March), to learn the principles, techniques, and strategies used in organic farming. Register online!
5. Volunteer at an Urban Farm
If you enjoy farming & gardening, consider helping out at one of WEI’s metro sites and see how they’ve helped transform vacant lots into abundant medicinal & traditional gardens!
6. Apply for a Farm or Admin Internship
Whether you want to immerse yourself on an organic farm, or help create a new regional food system, WEI has plenty of opportunities, all listed on their website.
7. Visit WEI’s Eco-Retreat Center
Whether you need an event center, wedding location, or just a retreat from the city, WEI has a beautiful farmhouse and orchard in Chisago County