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Our 2022 Summer Programming:

 

Check below for more upcoming programming and LEC news:


Upcoming Events


Open Mic in the Garden

Sunday, June 26, 2022
7:00 pm9:00 pm
Big Red Barn, 170 Good Counsel Dr., Mankato, MN 56001

Calling all musicians (with 2-3 songs), poets, dancers and entertainers! Join us in the garden for an Open Mic night show on Sunday, June 26th. Come at 6:45pm to sign up to perform. Bring your chairs or blanket. We will provide the sound system. No alcohol or dogs allowed.

Park in the parking lot at Loyola High School.

This event is free with donations gratefully accepted.

Register through Eventbrite to perform or attend.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-mic-night-in-the-garden-tickets-361209396027

Art in the Garden

Saturday, July 16, 2022
2:30 pm4:00 pm
Big Red Barn, 170 Good Counsel Dr., Mankato, MN 56001

Paint your own landscape masterpiece with the peaceful Community Gardens at the Living Earth Center as your backdrop. We’ll provide the art materials. You bring the inspiration. Adults and children welcome. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Classes are offered on our tiered pricing scale:
Benefactor: $45
Sustainer: $22
Base: $15
Student/Reduced: $7
Scholarship: $0

Register via Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-in-the-garden-tickets-360096838337

Creating Common Ground- Free Art and Flower Arranging

Tuesday, July 19, 2022
5:30 pm7:30 pm
Big Red Barn, 170 Good Counsel Dr., Mankato, MN 56001

Join us at the Big Red Barn on Tuesday, July 19th from 5:30-7:30pm to create common ground between Free Art and Floral Arranging. Patti Ruskey of Sidetracked and Sara Nett of Sweet Alice Floral will present about their areas of expertise and the crowd will be tasked with finding the common ground between them. This fun interactive program will be held in person for the first time!
This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Prairie Lake Regional Arts Council with funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislator from its general fund.

Make the Perfect Pickles

Wednesday, July 20, 2022
10:30 am11:20 am
Big Red Barn, 170 Good Counsel Dr., Mankato, MN 56001

There’s nothing better than biting into a crisp dill pickle fresh from the garden! Kids will pick cucumbers Living Earth Center's Kid's Garden and make their own pickles. Take home a jar of pickles and a recipe for making more at home. Parents are welcome to join their child at no additional cost. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Meet at the Big Red Barn, Living Earth Center, 170 Good Counsel Dr, Mankato. Park in Loyola High School parking lot across the street from the big red barn.

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

Register via Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-the-perfect-pickles-tickets-360133839007

Yoga in the Garden

Thursday, July 21, 2022
6:00 pm7:10 pm
Big Red Barn, 170 Good Counsel Dr., Mankato, MN 56001

Join Lynn Rozen, a.k.a Garden Yoda, for an all-levels outdoor yoga class. No previous yoga experience necessary. Connect to nature at the beautiful Living Earth Center Gardens in a relaxing gentle yoga class. Bring a mat or towel.
Thursday, July 21, weather permitting
Meet at the Big Red Barn, Living Earth Center, 170 Good Counsel Dr, Mankato. Park in Loyola High School parking lot across the street from the big red barn.
Classes are offered on our tiered pricing scale:
Benefactor: $45
Sustainer: $22
Base: $15
Student/Reduced: $7
Free: $0

Register via Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yoga-in-the-garden-tickets-360146486837

Yoga in the Garden

Thursday, August 18, 2022
6:00 pm7:10 pm
Big Red Barn, 170 Good Counsel Dr., Mankato, MN 56001

Join Lynn Rozen, a.k.a Garden Yoda, for an all-levels outdoor yoga class.
No previous yoga experience necessary. Bring a mat or towel.
Weather permitting.
Meet at the Big Red Barn. Park in Loyola High School parking lot across the street from the big red barn.
Classes are offered on our tiered pricing scale:
Benefactor: $45
Sustainer: $22
Base: $15
Student/Reduced: $7
Scholarship: $0
Register through Eventbrite

Pick Your Own Flower Arrangement

Saturday, August 20, 2022
2:30 pm3:30 pm
Big Red Barn, 170 Good Counsel Dr., Mankato, MN 56001

Make a beautiful flower arrangement for yourself or a loved one! Pick flowers right from the garden at the Living Earth Center, learn the basics of flower arranging, and go home with a lovely bouquet in a vase. Class is for all ages. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Meet at the Big Red Barn, Living Earth Center, 170 Good Counsel Dr, Mankato. Park in Loyola High School parking lot across the street from the big red barn.
Classes are offered on our tiered pricing scale:
Benefactor: $45
Sustainer: $22
Base: $15
Student/Reduced: $7
Scholarship: $0
Register through Eventbrite

Monarch Tagging

Saturday, August 27, 2022
10:00 am12:00 pm
Big Red Barn, 170 Good Counsel Dr., Mankato, MN 56001

Monarchs are the one butterfly that everyone knows and can identify with just one glance. This amazing creature over a number of generations will migrate from here in Minnesota all the way down to Mexico. Monarch butterflies have been hit hard over the last decade and there is an effort to provide more habitat and a better chance for survival.
Join Scott Kudelka, Naturalist at Minneopa State Park, at the Big Red Barn on Good Counsel Campus to learn about these beautiful creatures. We will be catching the Monarchs, putting a small tag on their wing and releasing them. This is done to help track the Monarch as it flies south back to its winter home. All ages are welcome!

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

Register through Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/monarch-tagging-tickets-367913137097


LEC News and Updates


LEC is pleased to announce that we have filled two new seasonal staff positions. The first is Sabrina Mercedes, our new Volunteer and Strategic Partnerships Coordinator. Sabrina will work closely with Farm Manager Abbey Dickhudt to organize volunteer opportunities (both individual and group) at the Community Farm.

The second is Madison Vandersee, our new Program Coordinator. Madison will work closely with Program Manager Amy Hunt to organize LEC's myriad summer programs. We are excited for the new energy and insight they will bring to Living Earth Center and are looking forward to working with them both.

LEC's Poet Laureate Esther Marcella Hoffmann has composed a poem for spring entitled "Is It Really Us, Spring?"

Click on title above to read the full poem.

Living Earth Center is excited to announce we have filled our two seasonal manager positions for the 2022 growing season. Mallory Murphy has been hired as our Community Garden Manager and Abbey Dickhudt has been hired as our Community Farm Manager. We are looking forward to working with both of them this garden season.