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May 26

FREE Sustainable Landscaping Workshops! Only a few spots left!

Published in 2015

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Introduction to Sustainable Landscaping; Saturday, May 30th, 9am to Noon  So, what is beautiful landscaping?  Is it a manicured lawn that takes so much time, money, and resources to maintain?  Or is it a space that is rich in biodiversity and promotes the health of people and the planet?   Sign up for this free workshop on Saturday, May 30th, to learn more about sustainable landscaping, including what you can and can’t do with your lot if you live within the city limits.  Local experts will discuss choosing locations and plants to benefit the soil and pollinators, including both native plants and vegetable gardening.  This workshop is geared towards city residents, but anyone can register.  Location:  Bridgeman Hall 100, Bemidji State University; Max of 30 participants.

Pollinator Garden Design ‘n Dig; This hands-on workshop will continue our conversation about natural landscaping with a hands-on installation of a pollinator garden, with a special focus on Monarch host and pollinator plants.  We will be preparing and installing a small, manageable project that you could replicate at your home or business.  This project is at a public site in town, and we will be doing it in two parts.  Part 1:  Saturday, May 30 (1:30 pm - 3:30 pm) We will assess the site, discuss plant selection, design, and preparation options, and will do hands-on preparation.  Part 2:  Saturday, June 6 (1:30 pm - 3:30 pm) We will discuss the plants we are installing and their roles in the garden, work with layouts, then plant and mulch them.  We will also talk about care and maintenance.  Location:  Meet in the Crane parking lot of the Sanford Center;  Max of 12 participants.  Attendance at both Part 1 and 2 is recommended.

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These workshops are sponsored by the City of Bemidji Sustainability Committee, Karvakko Engineering, and the Bemidji State University Sustainability Office.  Presenters will include the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Beltrami County Master Gardeners, the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board, a landscape architect, and a local permaculturist.



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Apr 22

Earth Month!

Published in 2015

Happy Earth Day! Here are the rest of the events for this month:

April 22nd, 9am to 3pm

Earth Day: Celebration at Lakeside Food Court, Lower Hobson Union

Farmer’s Market, Ninja Wellness Obstacle Course, Music, Give-Aways, Free Bike Tune-Ups, and more!

April 23rd, 2 pm to 4 pm

Minnesota Food Charter Presentations, Lower Hobson Union

Students from an Environmental Sociology class will be sharing various bits of information about the MN Food Charter

April 23rd, 6 pm

Documentary Thursday: A Fierce Green Fire, Sattgast 208

This documentary shows the history of the environmental movement’s evolution from the 1960s to the present.

April 26th, 3 pm

Adopt-A-Highway Clean-Up

Help Students for the Environment clean up a section of Power Dam Road!

April 27th, 6 pm

Tar Sands Workshop, Ozawindib Room

Come learn about the Tar Sands and what you can do to help!

April 28th, 5:30 pm 

Sustainable Tuesday, Rail River Folk School

Learn what all the buzz was about bees!

April 30th, 6 pm

Documentary Thursday: We Got the Power

Shows viewers how the United States can replace fossil fuels with clean energy in a way that is economically beneficial to consumers and businesses alike, and ensures a safer environment for future generations.

Hope to see you at our events!

-The Sustainability Office

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"We need to love and respect the Earth with the same intensity that we give our families and our tribe."
~ James Lovelock