Minneapolis expands mobile grocery stores

Mobile grocery stores could soon provide an oasis for food deserts in parts of Minneapolis.

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Food, farming, and football connected by research

For most Twin Cities residents it's easy to overlook the close ties between the University of Minnesota and the state's small towns. If you take a second to think about it though, the connection is clear. As a land grant university, they're closely related through agricultural research, football, and a number of other fields of study.

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F it Dude, let's go bowling

The anticipation of Memorial Day Weekend awakens in me the excitement of a child before Christmas. A few nights before the big weekend I am sleepless at 3:30 AM thinking about the wonder before us. Memorial Day Weekend at our house is all about The Big Lebowski.

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Sugar and stories

When your mom is a Book Mom (as my daughter refers to me), you don’t just visit the neighborhood candy shop, you read a book first.

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Spring fun and violet jam

Finally it feels like spring around here. As I was transferring my blog to the new host I was going through some old posts and found that 2 years ago when we first moved here our crab apple tree flowered in late March. However it has yet to flower this year. Just last week Avril asked, “are the snow days over?” and I realized like her I had been kinda holding my breathe. But when I assured her that they were she was so relieved that it was fun to see.

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Summer kicks-off with Sweden on the road: Great Swedish-American Road Trip

Just when we thought there was no hope of sunny warm weather ever returning to Minnesota, a bunch of Swedes drove into town and brought summer with them. Sweden on the Road is a bus tour of Swedish ambassadors seeking to promote Swedish and American collaboration, and showcase Swedish ingenuity in issues of sustainability, music, and cuisine. They began their summer tour of America in Minneapolis at the American Swedish Institute.

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Eastside Meals on Wheels looks for new home again

Eastside Meals on Wheels is looking for a new home that includes office space and kitchen space or space to build a kitchen. Beginning at the end of August, their current location at Catholic Eldercare, 817 Main Street NE, will no longer be available.

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Forever Green receives $1 million

The Minnesota Legislature took a major step last week toward supporting the kind of agriculture that can green up our landscape in a way that’s economically viable for farmers. Conference committee negotiations produced $1 million for Forever Green, an innovative University of Minnesota research initiative involving cover crops and perennial plant systems. Funding for this initiative has been a major priority for the Land Stewardship Project, and could go a a long ways toward producing the kind of land grant research that can help our state’s agriculture live up to its true potential.

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Local food production reaching capacity

A case study of the cooperative food system in the Twin Cities and surrounding area shows enormous strength for local foods, but it also reveals that local food production, marketing and retailing may have reached current local capacity.

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