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Upcoming Events


Blue Earth County Community Farm Open House

Sunday, May 19, 2024
1:00 pm4:00 pm
20612 Indian Lake Road
Mankato, MN 56001
US

Join us at the Blue Earth Community Farm for an afternoon of spring fun! Bring your friends and family for an afternoon filled with exciting activities. From planting flowers and contributing to our community mural with your unique masterpiece to engaging in yard games and crafting your very own flower seed pod, there's a variety of fun awaiting you. Treat yourself to delicious snacks while exploring the garden on a guided tour. Plus, don't miss the chance to take home a veggie sprout of your own (first come, first served basis, so arrive early)! This event is FREE! We hope to see you there!

We encourage you to register. Registration is not required, though it helps estimate numbers. Register with the link below.

Summer Solstice Celebration

Thursday, June 20, 2024
5:30 pm7:00 pm
170 Good Counsel Dr, Mankato, MN 56001
Mankato, AL 56001
US

Save the date for celebrating the longest day of the year! Bring a picnic and your friends and family to enjoy an evening of reflection, live music, and other performances.

More information to come. We hope to see you there!


LEC News and Updates


Continuing our collaboration with Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership, LEC is working with residents of Solace Apartments in St. Peter to revamp their community growing space.

Participating Residents will meet once a week with LEC Garden Manager Mal Murphy to convert the space into a food garden. Participants will each have their own plot, as well as a community plot with produce available for all residents.

We are honored and excited to go on this growing journey with the residents of Solace. Stay tuned for updates throughout the growing season!

Things have been hopping out at the BEC Community Farm this spring! Cold weather tolerant plants are in the ground and compost is being added to all the beds. None of this would be possible without the help of our community of volunteers!

Whether long-time or first-time volunteers, everyone who volunteers makes an impact. Our goal this year is to donate over 3,000 lbs of produce to community partners such as ECHO Food Shelf and Feeding Our Community Partners' Summer Food Program. It is the dedication of both our Farm Manager and our volunteers that will make this happen!

Last weekend was the first (and probably only) Mankato Community KALE-age.

What is a KALE-age you may ask?

It's the brainchild of our Digital Media Content Manager Jacob, who says, "The KALE-age is cute, fun, and unlike anything ever attempted in the past in any way!" This vegetable-themed homage to a rather well known Mankato community photo project took place during the Compassionate Living Festival which was held May 4th and 5th at Curiosi-Tea House in Upper North Mankato.