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In September's Do It Green! Minnesota E-Newsletter:

* September Seed Saving
* Free Seed Library at Midtown Global Market

* Green Gifts Fair: Volunteers Needed
* Green Gifts Fair: Interns Needed
* Green Gifts Fair: Leftover Giveaways?

Green Events
* Green Resources

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SEPTEMBER SEED SAVINGvegetable-874028_960_720
What do you know about saving seeds? Most gardeners purchase new vegetable and plant seeds for their flower and vegetable gardens every single year. But did you know that the plants you grew this year produced enough seed for you to harvest, process, store and use in future years? The cost of seeds can quickly add up, especially if you purchase heirloom or organic seeds. Harvesting can be a great alternative, and you can share or swap your seeds with friends and neighbors.

Check out our Seed Saving Guide for step by step instructions for both Wet Processing and Dry Processing. To properly save seeds, you will need to choose the processing method that is correct for your plant. Seeds that are found in damp, juicy flesh (tomato, pumpkin, melon and cucumber) require Wet Processing. Seeds that dry on the plant in husks or pods (beans, onions, corn, carrots and most flowers) require dry processing.


GGF Seed Library 5We’re pleased to announce that the Do It Green! Seed Library has found a home at the Midtown Global Market, next to our resource kiosk.

Stop by to drop off your extra seeds or pick up new-to-you seeds as you begin making your garden plans for next year! The goal of our Seed Library program is to improve access to healthy, locally grown foods and to promote the use of native plants as a sustainable landscaping and gardening practice throughout the Twin Cities.

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Save the date and start making plans to join us at the 11th Annual Green Gifts Fair on Saturday, November 19th at the Midtown Global Market. This popular fair offers recycled, organic, fair-trade, local, and environmentally-friendly gifts for sale, as well as live music and fun hands-on eco activities for kids and adults. Last year an estimated 6,000 people were in attendance and we expect this year’s event to be even larger! A $1 donation will be collected at the door.

We are seeking volunteers to help make our event a success!

Set-Up Shift (7AM – 10:30AM)

  • Assist with vendor loading and unloading
  • Assist vendors with booth location and set-up
  • Put up signs, banners, directions and decorations
  • Monitor and run the volunteer check-in room
  • Escort volunteers to their assigned stations

Morning Shift (9:30AM – 12:30PM)
Midday Shift (12PM – 3PM)
Afternoon Shift (2:30PM – 5:30PM)

  • Greet visitors as they arrive
  • Monitor and run the volunteer check-in room
  • Escort volunteers to their assigned station
  • Interact with Fair visitors at a demo table
  • Staff the passport activity prize booth
  • Answer questions at our information booth
  • Monitor waste stations
  • Assist the stage manager

Take Down Shift (5PM-8PM)

  • Help with take-down and cleaning at the end of the Fair

The fair is made possible through the incredible work of over 50 volunteers. Volunteers will receive a copy of a Do It Green! Magazine edition and a Do It Green! Minnesota recycled t-shirt. Know someone who might like to volunteer? Please pass along this posting and encourage them to sign up!

If you are interested in volunteering, please email the Volunteer Coordinator, Crystal Erickson, at crystal@doitgreen.org with your availability.


photo 2Be a part of our Green Gifts Fair Planning Team!

We're still looking for a few great people to help plan this year's fair. These internship opportunities will offer experience in planning and implementing a large, low-waste, green event. They requires individuals who are well organized, able to meet deadlines, possess excellent communication skills, and are self-directed.

We're looking to fill the following intern coordinator positions: Stage Coordinator and Assistant Demos Coordinator. These are unpaid internship positions requiring 5-10 hours /week September 15-November 30, 2016 and including: all day event set up on Friday, November 18th & assisting with the actual event on Saturday November 19th, 7am-7pm.

Please email your resume and a cover letter to Laurie Jones, Green Gifts Fair Coordinator at laurie@doitgreen.org. Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until filled.


Do you have leftover giveaways that are taking up room in storage? Consider giving them to our prize basket for those who complete the Educational Passport at our Green Gifts Fair this year! Items such as bike light blinkies, seed packets, and reusable bags would be great items to donate. Please contact Ami Voeltz at ami@doitgreen.org.


Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center Public Grand Opening
The grand opening of the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center celebrates a new era in Arboretum history. The center will serve as a hub for community outreach and education that is grounded in the world-renowned bee research of University of Minnesota Scientist Marla Spivak, Ph.D. Highlights of the Grand Opening include a staged areas for photo opportunities, live music, snacks and beverages, family friendly activities in Honey House and Bee Lab, guided pollinator garden tours and much more! Sunday, September 18th, 1-4PM, Chaska. More info...

Minnesota Renewable Energy Society Sustainable Home Tour
The event will be self-guided with volunteers available to describe features of each location. This is a great opportunity for you to see renewable energy in action and talk to owners with real-life experiences living sustainably. Saturday, October 1st, 10AM-3PM, various locations. More info...

Hydro-Illuminata Cast-Iron Performance Event
Hydro-Illuminata is an outreach project that uses the community engagement principles of public art and art-making to bring the Mississippi Watershed Community into a deeper conversation about improving water quality and protecting watershed resources.
The event will include a procession, music, choreography, projections on the river, and a cast iron performance. Saturday, October 1st, 6:30-9:30PM, Minneapolis. More info...

Zero Waste Summit – Register Now!
Hosted by Eureka Recycling, the Zero Waste Summit will bring together the people in the Twin Cities region whose work is contributing to a zero-waste future; creating a platform to discuss challenges, share accomplishments, and develop a vision to strengthen and focus this growing movement. The 2016 Zero Waste Summit will focus conversation in three key areas: Zero Waste is a solution to climate change, Zero Waste is a solution for environmental justice and Zero Waste is a solution that grows the local economy and builds community. Saturday, October 22nd, 1–5 PM, Saint Paul. Register here...


Check out our Community Calendar for more green events!
Choose to Reuse
What is better than buying something new? Finding something cool to reuse! A one-of-a-kind set of dishes or a classic edition of a favorite book or the wedding dress worn only once (now half the price) or a baseball glove ready for another season. Hennepin County’s Choose to Reuse coupons are available August 1st – October 31st at more than 50 local retailers that rent, repair, resell, consign and exchange used goods. You can download the app, order a print version or pick up a copy at participating locations! More info…

Ramsey County Hazardous Waste CollectionRCLL 2
Many household products used to clean your kitchen and bathroom, maintain your car and home, and control animals and insects contain hazardous materials. If a container has the words caution, warning, danger or poison on the label and still has product inside, it does not belong in the trash. Use Ramsey County's free household hazardous waste collection sites for safe disposal. During the month of September, the household hazardous waste mobile collection site will be located at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Fridays 10AM-6PM and Saturdays 9AM-4PM. More info…

Hennepin County Hazardous Waste CollectionHCES
Hennepin County organizes collection events to give residents more convenient local options for disposing of household hazardous wastes. Materials accepted include unwanted automotive wastes, household, lawn and garden products, batteries, mercury-containing items and more.
Collection events are held Thursday - Saturday from 9AM-4PM. The remaining 2016 hazardous waste collection events are scheduled for the following dates and locations: September 15th–17th at the City of Minneapolis Public Works Garage and October 13th–15th at the Shorewood Public Works Site. More info…




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