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News and Events

Earth Day Celebration

Monday, April 22, 2019
11:00 am2:00 pm
Minnesota State University

Come visit Living Earth Center at MNSU's Earth Day Celebration! We have a booth with information about sustainable living practices as well as seed starting kits.

Spring Garden Training

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
6:00 pm7:00 pm
Big Red Barn

New and Returning Community Gardeners come together to receive information and updates for the upcoming garden season and sign garden contracts and liability forms. All gardeners must attend one training before gardening in the Living Earth Community Gardens. Please contact Laura Peterson for questions or more details.

Spring Garden Training

Thursday, April 25, 2019
6:00 pm7:00 pm
Big Red Barn

New and Returning Community Gardeners come together to receive information and updates for the upcoming garden season and sign garden contracts and liability forms. All gardeners must attend one training before gardening in the Living Earth Community Gardens. Please contact Laura Peterson for questions or more details.

Barn and Community Garden Clean Up and Potluck

Saturday, April 27, 2019
10:00 am2:00 pm
Big Red Barn

Please join us for our community day of service in cleaning up the Barn and preparing the Garden for the season. This is a great volunteer activity for community members to come out for a day of fun and work to share common ground! There will be a potluck at 12:00- we ask that all volunteers bring a dish to pass. Registration is not required but helpful to know how much food to prepare for!

Native Bee Workshop

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
6:00 pm7:00 pm
Big Red Barn, 170 Good Counsel Dr.
Native Bee Workshop

Native bees have a wide diversity of types including fuzzy bumblebees, small carpenter bees and yellow-faced bees. In Minnesota alone, there are at least 350 different species if not more. Native bees are some of the most efficient pollinators and support many native plant communities along with some of our favorite food crops like apples, blueberries and cranberries. Join Scott Kudelka from the Minnesota DNR in an informative workshop about these important contributors to our local eco-system. Light snacks will be provided. Advanced registration is appreciated to plan for food.

Parking- Please park in the Loyola High School Parking Lot across from the BIg Red Barn

Explore the Darkness Night Hike

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
7:30 pm8:30 pm
Big Red Barn, 170 Good Counsel Dr.
Explore the Darkness Night Hike

Darkness presents a whole new world to most of us. Very few of us spend extended periods of time in the dark and some people may even become fearful of the night. On the other hand, animals adapt their lives and themselves to the conditions of both day and night. On this hike we will learn how to use our five senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell) in the dark without using any artificial light. All ages welcome! A suggested donation of $5 per person is appreciated.

Please park in the Loyola High School Parking Lot across from the Big Red Barn.

Wine and Cheese Tasting Party at the Big Red Barn

Friday, May 17, 2019
5:30 pm7:30 pm
Big Red Barn, 170 Good Counsel Dr.
Wine and Cheese Tasting Party at the Big Red Barn

Say Cheese and Savor the Wine!
Please join us for Living Earth Center's 1st Annual Wine and Cheese Tasting Party! Adam Marti, Sales and Marketing Manager for Morgan Creek Winery and Jim Vonderharr, Cheese Monger Emeritus fro the St. Peter Food Coop will recreate the tasting/pairings they presented at last Fall's Wine Stomp at Morgan Creek. Also featured will be artisan breads produced by Montana Rasmussen of River Rock Baking Company in St. Peter.

Please join us for this sit down event in the historic Big Red Barn at the Living Earth Community Garden as Adam and Jim guide you through the process of selecting and pairing six different wines and cheeses, each flight showcasing one of River Rocks homemade breads.

Registration
Very limited space is available and all must pre-register for the event.

A base registration fee of $30 is requested, however, any additional donation will go to Living Earth Center.

Please register online at the link below, or a check with with your name and Wine and Cheese Event in the memo to Living Earth Center, 170 Good Counsel Dr. Mankato, MN 56001.

Parking
Parking is free for the event. Please park across the street from the Living Earth Community Garden in the Loyola High School Parking Lot.

Age
All attendees must be 21 years or older

We look forward to having fun and sharing common ground with you!


Every winter, Living Earth Center produces its annual publication, the Earth Almanac, that provides insight to what's happening in the organization, ways to advocate, and ideas, articles and recipes that connect you with this Living Earth.

On November 3, over 120 people gathered to discuss the message nature is sending and how we can better listen to her message.

Know of any kids that want play in the dirt, pick some tomatoes and investigate insects? We have spaces available in our late summer Kids Garden Sessions! Little Sprouts (age 3-5) classes begin next Monday at 5:30 PM and Kids Peace Garden (ages 6-12) begin next Thursday at 5:30 PM. It's a great way to spend a summer evening in the Living Earth Garden! Registration ends Friday!