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ENGAGING JUSTICE: Course to be taught by Jacquelyn Zita, WEI Director of Education, at U of M -- Fall Semester 2014.

This coming fall semester 2014,  Jacquelyn (also known as Professor Zita) will be teaching GWSS 1005 Engaging Justice which will focus on food and farming justice.See attached flyer.  Students at the University of Minnesota are welcome to enroll.

PURCHASE YOUR 2014 CSA SHARES NOW!

Become a CSA Shareholder: receive fresh, organically certified  produce delivered weekly to a drop site close to you:  18 weeks starting in June through October. Help support WEI's mission and bring nutritional health to your family and friends. What we grow.  What you get.   

24TH STREET COALITION’S COMMUNITY URBAN FARM MASHKIIKII GITIGAN (MEDICINE GARDEN) - 2013 SEASON SUMMARY

Mashkiikii Gitigan (Ojibwe for Medicine Garden) was created by the 24th Street Urban Farm Coalition – a group of neighborhood residents and community organizations – as a way to address the food justice needs of people living in the Phillips area of South Minneapolis, who face many challenges in accessing fresh, healthy foods. Women’s Environmental Institute has been an important part of the coalition, working to secure funding for a farmer position and serving on the steering committee.

2013 Updates on CARE project and East Metro EJEAC

WEI recently completed Phase 1 of our Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) collaborative project. Funded by the EPA, and coordinated in partnership with Hennepin County and the Longfellow Community Council, the Hiawatha CARE project worked with the community to identify, evaluate, prioritize, and take action on environmental and public health risks along the Hiawatha corridor in East Phillips and Longfellow Neighborhoods. We are grateful to our many partners and community participants for helping us in this important work.

Community Food Justice Council Update 2013

In September WEI completed year three of our USDA-funded project: “Cross-Cultural/Cross-Neighborhood Urban Organic Farming—Reclaiming and Regenerating Healthful Traditional Food Systems.”  This was a successful partnership with Environmental Justice Advocates of MN(EJAM) that began a year earlier with a MN Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop grant.

This Year (2013) at the WEI Farm

By Jacquelyn Zita, Farm Manager & Director of Operations

WEI’s Amador Farm and Orchard is one of WEI’s primary revenue streams as well as a central location for our food justice education and farmer training work in Chisago County.  It is also the location for numerous community building events – free and open to the public.   

2014 WEI SPRING MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Join us this week (March 24th - 28th) as we try to reach our spring membership goal of 70 new members!  If we reach our goal, we will randomly choose one of our new members to receive a free 2014 CSA share - a value of $585.  Join now and show your support for the Women's Environmental Institute!

SPRING RENTALS AT WEI'S RETREAT CENTER

Looking for Fall/Winter getaway location? Look no further! WEI's beautiful Retreat Center is only an hour away from the Twin Cities.  This stately home that serves as the Women's Environmental Institute holds 4 rooms available for rent as well as a whole house rental option. A full kitchen is available for guest use.  Surrounded by our organic farm fields & apple orchard, our retreat center is the perfect, secluded spot to spend the weekend writing, spending time with friends and family, reading, etc. 

Give to the Max Day 2013

Thanks to our supporters, we raised over $2,000 on GIVE TO THE MAX day, November 14th, 2013.  Thank you!