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Community Farm Volunteer Day!

Community Farm Volunteer Day!

Come help us get things started at the Community Farm!
This Saturday we will be making vegetable beds and pathways as well as planting some early spring crops!!

Two time slots available:
9am - noon
2pm - 6pm

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Creating Common Ground - Sacred Sites and Speechless Films

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
5:30 pm7:30 pm
online via zoom
Creating Common Ground - Sacred Sites and Speechless Films

Join us for our first Common Ground Conversation!
Sacred Sites and Speechless Films

At our Common Ground Series, we take two seemingly unrelated topics, learn about them from local community experts, and then work together to find the common ground that connects them.

The series is an attempt to not only highlight the cultural richness that exists within the Greater Mankato Area but also delve into the interconnection between seemingly different unrelated circles and communities.

Sacred Sites:
Indigenous people lived for thousands of years on turtle island what we call North America today. Sacred sites exist all around the Mahkato area and I'll be discussing a few that are within city limits and some that are around the area.
Presented by Megan Schnitker, Executive Director of Mahkato Revitalization Project, Vice President of Mahkato Wačipi, and owner of Lakota Made.

Speechless Films:
Speechless Films celebrate the art of visual storytelling and have been a part of the history of film since the beginning of cinema. Examples of speechless film from early cinema
as well as contemporary will be explored as we consider the aesthetics of visual story telling.
Presented by Professor William Bukowski, MFA, (retired) Art Professor from Bethany Lutheran College and Content judge for the Speechless Film Festival for 7 years.

This event is FREE to attend, thanks in part to a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council.

Please register through Eventbrite.

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse - Foraging

Monday, May 17, 2021
5:30 pm7:00 pm
online via zoom
Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse - Foraging

After the wandering zombie hoards destroy all the grocery stores… where will we find our food?

Being able to forage for our own food is a skill we can use today, as well as in a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland.

This class will cover the basics of getting started on foraging for food items in the early spring in Minnesota. We will cover gear, plant and mushroom I.D., habitat, and timing for your foraging outings.

This class will focus on Morel Mushrooms, wild Asparagus, Ramps, Fiddleheads, and Ginger, with a few other items thrown in as we find them.

Class taught by Rick Esser

Classes are offered on our new tiered pay scale:
Benefactor: $45
Sustainer: $22
Base: $15
Student/Reduced: $7
Free: $0

Class will be held online over zoom.

The Magic of Seeds pt.1

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
5:30 pm6:30 pm
Living Earth Center
170 Good Counsel Dr
Mankato, MN 56003
The Magic of Seeds pt.1

Join Living Earth Center and veteran kid's gardening teacher Ms Lynn and explore the magic of seeds!
We’ll use magnifying glasses to examine seeds up close and make a seed collage.
Kids will plant magic beans and sunflower seeds and then come back to the garden in August to see how they have grown. There may be beans growing to eat and take home!

Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult
This is a two-session class, May 25th 5:30-6:30 and August 3rd 5:30-6:30
Classes are offered on our new tiered pay scale:
Benefactor: $45
Sustainer: $22
Base: $15
Reduced: $7
Free: $0
Register via Eventbrite:

To celebrate both Earth Day and the start of their second annual Give to Grow Mankato Campaign, LEC hosted a virtual Open Mic Night Thursday, April 22. Local performers submitted videos of a wide variety of performances: music, poetry, and bellydance...

My youngest daughter received If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall as a Christmas gift and it has been on heavy rotation in our reading list since. The book has both a beautiful message and beautiful illustrations. It is written as a letter from a young child to any visitors from outer space who may be considering giving Earth a visit...

Because of Covid we were unable to hold our traditional Volunteers in the Garden day to prep the Community Garden for the coming growing season. Traditionally the event was held on a Saturday and everyone would come and work and we would celebrate with a potluck luncheon. This year the potluck had to be cancelled but work still needed to get done, so volunteers signed up for time slots and came to work in small groups to get the tasks completed...