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Sustainable Shelter and Food Activities Around Town

There are oh so many activities coming up in the next few weeks for folks interested in sustainable, green living. Here are a few you might want to visit.

Bell Museum of Natural History (until July 17, 2011):  An exhibit on sustainable shelter “reveals innovative new building technologies and strategies that can help restore the health and viability of natural cycles.” It looks at energy systems, the life cycle of building materials, an inside view of wall systems, household water systems, and more.

Speaking of shelter, check out the Minneapolis/St. Paul Home Tour, this Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1. More than 50 “ordinary people” type homes will be on display. The online guide lets you find homes with solar or green features (the list is long).

Thinking of going solar at your home? Remember, there is a Community Solar Educational Workshop at Matthews Park on Monday, May 2, from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. Speakers will highlight a Solar Hot Water/Air Heat Bulk Purchase Program.

Can’t wait to get your hands dirty in the garden (hoping it won’t snow again)? There are opportunities for plant buying and plant exchange galore.

  • Consider a membership (only $10) in the Southside Local Food Resource Hub. Seeds and seedlings will be distributed this Saturday. You can join at the event.
  • Friends School Plant Sale is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 6, 7 and 8, at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand. Nearly 2,300 varieties of plants will be available — at least for the first half hour :). Note that there will be a class on making cold frames for your garden.
  • Dowling Garden Plant Sale on May 14th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Dowling Community Garden at 39th Street and 46th Avenue South. This sale benefits the community garden.
  • Longfellow Garden Club Plant Swap on Saturday, May 21,  from 11 am  to 1:30 pm, at the Sanford Jr High west parking lot. Bring plants to swap. If you don’t have any, make a small donation to the Club’s Speaker Fund.