Urban Homesteading

Urban Homesteading

Landscaping with Edibles

March 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Sun Ray Library

Edible gardening has gained popularity in recent years and has been moving from the backyard to the front yard. While people once grew food out of necessity it has now become a more fun and acceptable part of the urban landscape. Growing perennial fruits, especially berry bushes is easy and well suited for smaller urban spaces with limited space and sun.  We will explore various ways of incorporating edibles in to any landscape, whether a few herbs in a pot or more specific areas set aside as kitchen gardens - edibles in gardens are here to stay - mixed with flowers to provide food for our pollinators.

Presented by Mette Nielsen

Mette Nielsen has been gardening for over 30 years in Minneapolis and has slowly converted her garden to include more edibles, especially perennials fruits. A native of Copenhagen Denmark, she now grows many of the perennial fruit bushes she grew up with.

Mette established and maintains the edible gardens at Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis. She is a U of M Extension Master Gardener in Hennepin County where she works primarily with an edible garden project in transitional housing in downtown Minneapolis. When not gardening, Mette cooks and photographs food - the latest collaboration with Beth Dooley "Savory Sweet - simple preserves from a northern kitchen" will be published by University of Minnesota Press in spring 2017.

Growing Grapes

April 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Dayton's Bluff Library

How to grow grapes in your backyard-soil, light and water needs, trellis systems, and best grape varieties

Presented by Sharron Peterson

Sharron Peterson is originally from Atlanta, GA. Her love for food and wine was instilled by her father. She was cooking by age 5 and setting O.J. out in the sun to see what would happen. (hint: tiny bubbles). She worked in the wine industry for 20 years. She started in sales/marketing (in Northern Cal) but kept sneaking away from her desk to hang out in the oenology lab and with the vineyard workers and eventually convinced them to let her work in the fields. She trained in viticulture/winemaking at U.C. Davis, was cast in a show about winemaking, for PBS, and traveled throughout France interviewing wine makers and working in their wineries. She currently volunteers as a master gardener and resides in urban Saint Paul with her 13 year-old son, my husband, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 3 grapevines.