Explore the places, spaces, & sages of the Upper Midwest bioregion with us
Watch our slideshow which highlights many of the projects & partners we worked collaborated on in 2017.
18 project partners, 8 apprentices, 7 months, 3 seasons, and an incredible finale with 9 crock-pots at our potluck celebration!
Huge shout-out to our friends Kara & Matt at Make it Minnesota Magazine who joined us for one of our program days and featured us in their ‘Wild’ Issue in June 2017. Check out the Article here > and more of their work and consider subscribing to help support telling the story of the incredible makers of the Minnesota region!
Thank you family, friends, partners & hosts for an amazing 2017 season!
Learn more about some of these Partners below!
Seed Sages is an educational endeavor that is based in the Twin Cities and offers seed services in many regional areas throughout the midwest and beyond. We provide seed consultations, designs, trainings, and research for seed production.
Our mission is to re-skill our garden and farm communities in the art of seed saving and breeding to strengthen the foundation of our local food systems: our seed systems.
Collaboration Opportunities: Seed Saving, Gardening & Farming, Plant Propagation
The Semilla Center for Healing & the Arts
The Semilla Center in South Minneapolis, MN is transforming a churchyard into a peace garden that will incorporate pollinator attracting plants, fruit trees, gathering and reflection space and mosaic installations. We want to design a space that invites people into the garden, via a meditation path, interactive art and green space, including “pick and eat”.
Bancroft Meridian Community Garden
The Meridian Garden, on the corner of 12th Avenue South and 38th Street, is one of the first urban orchards (or food forests) in the United States, and occupies a city lot in South Minneapolis. Designed utilizing permaculture principles, the Garden has 2 dozen fruit trees and bushes, plus flowering plants and others that attract bees and butterflies. The whole garden is meant to sustain itself, with your help.
Collaboration Opportunities: Rainwater Capture & Passive Irrigation, Permaculture Design Principles in action
Bluebird Hill Homestead
Bluebird Hill Homestead is 6 enchanted acres of rolling hills just east of Stillwater, MN where Heidi and her daughters live off-grid and steward the land. They provide inspiration for a life deeply connected with nature, through community gatherings, kids and adult classes, private mentoring, and tiny home accommodations. Arrive and breathe a deep sigh of relief and let your spirit shine!
Collaboration Opportunities: homestead & alternative education tour, building Medicinal Herb gardens for Kids’ Summer Camp participants
Antelope Food Forest
Antelope Food Forest is located just outside of Buffalo, MN. Earthworks & planting started in fall of 2015 and the beginnings of the food forest is already producing thanks to some simple design strategies. Emphasis is placed on slower growing species of perennial fruit & nut shrubs, herbs, fungi, and vegetables that are regionally resilient and low-maintenance over time. These are planted on contour – capturing water and building nutrients in the soil over time.
As the canopy of these larger trees & shrubs fill in, we are growing many faster-growing crops in between like Garlic, Radish, Turnips, Peas, Squash, Beans, Corn, Sunflowers, Rhubarb, Asparagus, Raspberries, and more. This homestead also features gardens of medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, & a home-scale nursery.
Collaboration Opportunities: Land surveying, earthworks, seeding, planting, harvesting, plant propagation, & much more
Land by Hand
We are excited to announce a partnership project this season with our organization Land by Hand and the Buffalo School District (MN) to design, build, & facilitate activities related to growing food, nutrition, cooking, herbal medicine-making, preservation, & seed-saving with teens, adults & their families. Our programs will focus on co-created gardens applying Permaculture design principles that serve as a catalyst to grow abundance in food, skills, & community!
Collaboration Opportunities: School Garden maintenance & instruction, artmaking, food preservation & fermentation instruction
We will continue to update details about new project hosts & field trips throughout this winter, spring, & summer. Stay posted on our Facebook >
Do you have a project, person, or place in mind that relates to our Permaculture Apprenticeship? Get Involved >