Our April edition of First Fridays featured a conversation on gleaning - the ancient act of recovering excess food & donating it to those who may not otherwise have access. We welcomed Nancy Carriveau (Great Plains Food Bank), Janice Tweet (GleaND) and Joe Morken (Morken Farm) to the stage to share perspectives on how gleaning can help strengthen our local food community.
[Missed the event? Watch full video here!]
We had lots of great announcements about upcoming community events and opportunities. Check out the list:
Jack Wood - Growing Together - A Community Garden Ministry
Growing Together is hosting a FREE event on April 22 that will provide tips and tricks on leading a community garden by telling the stories of community garden startups in our region. This style of gardening has folks planting and tending the garden together and sharing the harvest. Start your journey in community gardening today. No registration required.
Learn more and RSVP here
Leola Daul - Heart-n-Soul Community Cafe
Heart-n-Soul Community Cafe is a pop-up community cafe with pay what you can afford pricing. Upcoming events are on Wednesday, April 24, and Sunday, April 28.
Learn more and RSVP via Facebook
Caroline McGuire - Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society
The Northern Plains Botanic Garden is hosting a kick-off event on April 30 for the Edible Forest Project - an educational garden that will include native fruit-bearing shrubs and trees in North Fargo!
Learn more and RSVP via Facebook
Joe Burgum - Folkways
The Red River Market is hosting a spring farmers' market at Prairie Roots Food Co-op on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This outdoor event will feature spring produce, pantry items, household goods, baked goods, art, hot food, and beverages. Shop with your favorite Red River Market vendors while enjoying live music, family activities, and more!
Learn more and RSVP to the spring market via Facebook
In addition, the Red River Market is in search of vendors to fill the upcoming season with fresh, local, and handmade goods.
Learn more and apply to be a vendor here
Mindy Grant - FARRMS
FARRMS is accepting applications for mentor farmers to encourage and assist the next generation of farmers. They are also accepting applications for farm interns for the 2019 growing season, including placements at Growing Together community gardens.
Please apply online or email Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Jen Walla - Prairie Roots Community Fund
Prairie Roots Community Fund is hosting health and wellness classes (including a tour of the co-op) every Thursday. Prairie Roots Food Co-op has Double SNAP, with $10 weekly matching vouchers for fresh/frozen/canned fruits & veggies. They are partnering with Good Samaritan for a trial-run of Senior Day at the co-op on April 29. Volunteers are needed - please reach out via Facebook if interested. The Prairie Roots Community Fund has a community garden location next to Madison Elementary School, and work will begin in May on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Stay updated on future events via Facebook
Carrie Wintersteen, Theatre B
The next main-stage show is coming up! Cry It Out takes an honest look at the absurdities of navigating women’s choices, family life, and job security in modern day America. Show runs from April 25 to May 18 at Theatre B in Moorhead.
Learn more and get tickets here
Mark your calendar for our next First Fridays on Friday, May 3rd. Follow Food of the North on Facebook for more details and join the conversation on social media using #FridayBFood and #FoodoftheNorth.