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Summer Solstice at the Big Red Barn

Friday, June 21, 2019
5:00 pm9:00 pm
Living Earth Community Garden, Big Red Barn, 170 Good Counsel Dr. Mankato, MN 56001
Summer Solstice at the Big Red Barn

After taking a few years off, the Summer Solstice Celebration is back at Living Earth Center! We hope you will join us for our party in the garden!

Solstice Schedule:

Music by Mankato's own fabulous Kaleb Braun-Schulz
Picnic Dinner (dinner provided - bring your own blanket and/or lawn chairs) (some table seating available)
Lawn Games
Children's Crafts

Solstice Reflection
Drum Circle (bring your own drum!)

Fire Dancing by Mankato's own amazing Wóhpe Fire Bellydance Troupe

Admission is based on a sliding scale of $10-$100 donation per family. Please pay what you can. Nobody is turned away for inability to pay.

Pre-Registration is requested

Parking is in Loyola High School Parking Lot

Wild Edibles Workshop

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
6:00 pm7:00 pm
Living Earth Community Garden, Big Red Barn, 170 Good Counsel Dr. 56001
Wild Edibles Workshop

People eat wild edibles for a number of reasons including as a legitimate way of economizing their food costs, as an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, and in rare situations they can be essential for survival. We will talk about some of the more recognizable plants growing in the area like the common dandelion which can be used in salads or even as a coffee-like beverage. Depending on the time of the year, there might be a chance to try a few wild edibles.

Parking: Please park in Loyola High School Parking Lot
Fee: $10 per participant (scholarships available upon request)
Registration: Pre-registration is preferred

Book of Month
Book of Month

June’s book of the month is “Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth,” edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. It is a powerful and thought provoking collection of essays.
Taken from the introduction...
“This book is a collection of responses to the call of the Earth... These responses are not offered as a solution to a problem, because the world is not a problem but a living being in distress... The chapters of this book offer a range of different perspectives in the awakening needed...”
Featured essayists include Thich Nhat Hahn, Wendell Berry, Vandana Shiva, and Winona LaDuke.

Living Earth Center is excited to announce that it will be partnering with MSU's College of Allied Health and Nursing, Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundation, Mankato and North Mankato ACT of Kindness and Camp Maverick to host an EngAGEment Sensory Garden designed for people living with dementia, their care partners and friends. Group activities will be available during designated times throughout the garden season. This special garden plot will be filled with vegetables, flowers and herbs that invigorate all senses and will be specially designated for participants and their care partners.

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.