Updates

Announcing Our New Grant Proposal

Help NCFA Win a Grant to Create a New Garden!

North Country Food Alliance is applying for a grant through SeedMoney, a "crowdgranting" organization. Using their website, we have created a crowdfunding campaign which will go live Sunday, November 15th along with hundreds of other campaigns. The first 75 projects to raise $400 will receive an additional $400 grant from SeedMoney.

Our Campaign

The Edible Edmund Alley is a mini-forest garden that will break ground next spring. Set in a high-traffic area of Saint Paul, this garden will provide a source of free fruit to hundreds of food insecure people living in the neighborhood. It will also function as a hub for free educational opportunities that help people gain knowledge to become more food secure.

Foraging berries at one of our workshops

Foraging berries at one of our workshops

How You Can Help

Donate money! Our project will appear on the SeedMoney website on Sunday, November 15th some time between 11am and 12pm. Once it appears, you can make a tax-deductible donation on our page. The sooner you give, the more likely we are to receive the $400 grant! You can find our project after 12pm on November 15th by searching for "Edible Edmund Alley" on the SeedMoney website, or by keeping tabs on our social media (see our Facebook and Twitter links on the right sidebar.)

Share our campaign! Tell your friends, family, and other interested persons about our campaign! Share it on your social media networks or your websites! Help us spread the word! 

Fundraiser for Edible Edmund Alley

North Country Food Alliance has launched a fundraiser to build the Edible Edmund Alley, a mini-forest garden that will be planted along an alley that intersects Edmund Avenue in a high-traffic area of St. Paul. Native fruit trees and shrubs such as juneberries, wild plums, and currants will be planted on this parcel. As the garden grows it will become a site for foraging workshops, as well as a source of free fruit for the community.

This garden will serve the needs of the community by:

  • Providing free educational opportunities to get involved in the process of planting and maintaining fruit trees and perennials.
  • Offering donation-based foraging workshops that explain how to identify, harvest, and prepare wild foods.
  • Creating a location where passersby will be free to pick the edibles. 
  • Donating fruits to the Keystone Community Food Shelf based in the neighborhood.

To learn more about the project or to donate, please click the icon in the right sidebar.

Thank you!

July Foraging Workshop

Our June berry foraging workshop is full, but here are the details for our July workshop!

Join North Country Food Alliance and professional forager Gil Schwartz of Seasonally Sourced Foods LLC for an afternoon wild food adventure along the Minnehaha Creek. Through the course of our stroll we will discover all kinds of wild edibles-- from the berries and nuts that can be harvested from tree canopies all the way to the herbaceous, wild veggies hugging the water's edge. Maple-sweetened sumac "lemonade," flower infused water, black walnuts, and lively discussion will be enjoyed as we conclude the event.

This event is taking place on Sunday, July 19th from 2pm to 4pm. Meet in front of the Lake Nokomis Park Building, 2401 E Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Look for the sign that says “North Country Food Alliance.” Please be on time, as we will be wandering around and you may not find us if you're late!

Suggested donation of $5. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

**Class size is limited. To register, please email foraging@northcountryfoodalliance.org with the names of the participants.

Foodshare Update

This month marks our first food pick-up from Breadsmith-- and what a large pick-up it was! We are happy to increase our bread supply so we can distribute more to food shelves and assisted living centers in St. Paul. 

Additionally, this month we will begin collecting overstock produce from Mississippi Market in St. Paul. Fresh organic produce is our focus here at North Country Food Alliance, so we are very excited to receive more of it. 

Foodshare Update

We continue to pick up leftover produce and baked goods from wholesalers, groceries, and co-ops in the Twin Cities. We recently added two new food sources: two Cub Foods locations in Plymouth are now donating to NCFA. In addition, we are now picking up produce from Harvest Moon Co-op twice a week. This food is donated to organizations that serve people in need, such as the Keystone Community Food Shelf, the Center for Victims of Torture, and Loaves and Fishes.

Community Garden Update

Gardening season is upon us, and North Country Food Alliance is gearing up for the season by preparing new garden plots! In addition to our previous plot at our office in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood of St. Paul, NCFA will begin vegetable production in three new locations: Lake Nokomis, Longfellow, and Richfield. The food from these gardens will go to our foodshare program, serving low-income communities and organizations such as soup kitchens and homeless shelters. 

In addition to these gardens, we are beginning work on a longer-term project: an edible forest garden near the intersection of University and Snelling. This will be built on a small strip of land bordering an alley. When complete, NCFA will use it as a site to host foraging workshops, and to provide low-income people with fresh fruit. In addition, it will provide hands-on opportunities for community members to learn about backyard fruit production.

We are excited about this upcoming season and providing even more fresh food to people in need! If you are interested in helping out with our garden program, please sign up to our volunteer list.