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Minneapolis has a city ordinance banning vegetable growth on city boulevards.

But see, I live in a food desert where the closest grocery store with fresh produce is 30 minutes away by bus. And that’s if the stars are aligned and four leaf clovers have sprouted in my shoes.

So the city bans me growing fresh food for myself. My neighbors. My community. Because why?

What is so criminal about individuals wanting to help out their community?

My neighborhood is predominantly people of color, many of who rely on assistance because the area is economically unsustainable and inaccessible.

If we came together and grew our own food on land we pay to occupy, self sustainability would be that much closer a goal.

It is possible and plausible and relatively easy to achieve provided enough hands are in it.

Healthier kids mean more successful kids and more successful youth = a more successful and sustainable neighborhood.

Poverty is an epidemic in my neighborhood.
And I’m not saying that gardening would fix it
But damn if it wouldn’t be a start.

Farmer Builds 50-Foot Tall Snowman In Central MN

POLIS (WCCO) — Between the biting winds and the snow storms, it’s been a tough winter to be a Minnesotan.
Central Minnesota is digging out of 4.5 feet of snow, and some people are running out of places to put it.
Not Greg Novak.
His farm is home to one of the bright spots this winter that’s bringing huge smiles to people’s faces.
“It’s a smile idea. Building a snowman isn’t original,” Novak said. “Building one this big is a little different.”
It’s a little different, and a lot bigger.
Novak created the snowman from snow that was crushing his green houses where he was starting to grow vegetables on his farm in Foley, Minn.
As he hauled away the snow, he decided he might as well do something with it.
Several friends and heavy machinery helped create a massive winter mascot.
The process took two months and involved a skid loader and silo blower to pile up the snow. As each layer froze, the fencing was moved up to create the next part of the snowman’s body.
“When he started building it, I was like, you’ve got to be kidding me, right? It’s huge!” Tyler Miller, Novak’s nephew, said. “It’s a lot of work. I wasn’t here a lot, but it was a lot of work, I give him credit.”
Fifty feet of snow later, the snowman, nicknamed “Grand Daddy” to honor the farm’s centennial year, is complete.
The snowman’s eyes are six feet tall by four feet wide. A 55-gallon garbage pail sits as a nose, and three 55-gallon lids are used for buttons. A 60-foot grain auger with branches tied on for hands was shoved through the middle to make arms waving to passing drivers.
“Every five or six cars that drive by are taking a picture or blowing their horns now that it’s done,” Novak said. “One of my neighbors picks his kids up from daycare every day and drives by because the kids want to know what it looks like.”

Farmer Builds 50-Foot Tall Snowman In Central MN

POLIS (WCCO) — Between the biting winds and the snow storms, it’s been a tough winter to be a Minnesotan.

Central Minnesota is digging out of 4.5 feet of snow, and some people are running out of places to put it.

Not Greg Novak.

His farm is home to one of the bright spots this winter that’s bringing huge smiles to people’s faces.

“It’s a smile idea. Building a snowman isn’t original,” Novak said. “Building one this big is a little different.”

It’s a little different, and a lot bigger.

Novak created the snowman from snow that was crushing his green houses where he was starting to grow vegetables on his farm in Foley, Minn.

As he hauled away the snow, he decided he might as well do something with it.

Several friends and heavy machinery helped create a massive winter mascot.

The process took two months and involved a skid loader and silo blower to pile up the snow. As each layer froze, the fencing was moved up to create the next part of the snowman’s body.

“When he started building it, I was like, you’ve got to be kidding me, right? It’s huge!” Tyler Miller, Novak’s nephew, said. “It’s a lot of work. I wasn’t here a lot, but it was a lot of work, I give him credit.”

Fifty feet of snow later, the snowman, nicknamed “Grand Daddy” to honor the farm’s centennial year, is complete.

The snowman’s eyes are six feet tall by four feet wide. A 55-gallon garbage pail sits as a nose, and three 55-gallon lids are used for buttons. A 60-foot grain auger with branches tied on for hands was shoved through the middle to make arms waving to passing drivers.

“Every five or six cars that drive by are taking a picture or blowing their horns now that it’s done,” Novak said. “One of my neighbors picks his kids up from daycare every day and drives by because the kids want to know what it looks like.”

(Source: http)

There’s cold
And then theres Minnesota cold that prevents you from being able to even swear
All that comes out is angry hissing.

White People Are Angry Again - Minnesota - Next Somalia?”

Unsurprisingly, Fox News opens with a new racist twist on Minnesota’s growing population of Somali Americans. 

For individuals wishing that their employers respect their cultural and religious beliefs, Fox News is predictably outraged going as far as saying that Minnesota is rapidly on it’s way to becoming the next “Somalia.” 

When you’re blinded by your own structured beliefs on what religion can be and should look like, it’s easy to become enraged when your system of comfort is challenged - after all, how dare someone not be like me?

But let’s look at it objectively for once - Fox News is spewing their racist beliefs. And white minnesotans agree.

Minnesota is cancelled.

Minnesota is cancelled.

Now it’s -18 with -44 degree windchill

Nope 

It’s -12 with a -30 windchill.

Welcome to MinneTundra.

Well it did feel warm outside.

Well it did feel warm outside.

MinneTundra Weather Update

It’s now -17

With a -32 windchill

lastrealindians:

The Dakota 38 Memorial Riders entering Mankato today, on the anniversary of the execution of 38 Dakota warriors.

lastrealindians:

The Dakota 38 Memorial Riders entering Mankato today, on the anniversary of the execution of 38 Dakota warriors.

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“In Miss Saigon, the only image of Asian women is “prostitute”– not that I am condemning sex workers. But not all Asian women during the Vietnam War were prostitutes. When stereotypes are the only images people see, it is necessary to correct the record. This play is telling me and my young daughters that essentially, we, Asian women, exist to serve and please white men.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. My truth about the Asian women I know who lived during the Vietnam War is far different. The women I know were resourceful, strong, and fearless. For example, my mother took care of my two brothers and I after my father died at the tail end of the Vietnam War. After the Americans pulled out of Laos, the Hmong were targeted for extermination for our role in helping the Americans. With my mother as the head of our household, we escaped Laos and survived the refugee camps in Thailand. In America, she navigated the social service system so that we had a roof over our heads, had food in our stomachs, and graduated from high school and college.”
Mai Neng Moua, The Ordway Still Doesn’t Get Sexism and Racism (The Problem with Miss Saigon) (Racialicious.com)

(Source: racialicious.com)

First day of the MN trans health conference was a success.
Looking forward to meeting more beautiful brown folks and continuing to network with these fabulous people who are stopping by our table.
:)