Exciting things @ Waite House this summer!

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New Food Forest on Chicago Ave.

Can urban perennial farming systems sequester carbon, improve soil health and provide economic services for inner city environments?

This is the question that Waite House, as a member of the 24th Street Urban Farm Coalition, is addressing through a three year funded project thanks to receiving an Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).

In collaboration with the Minneapolis Health Department and the University of Minnesota, we have established a multi-tiered perennial cropping system just a few blocks away (2313 Chicago Ave.) to determine if it has the potential to provide increased economic prosperity and environmental quality when integrated into urban agriculture practices in Minneapolis.

With the data gathered from research and evaluation, we hope to impact local policy and land leasing agreements which—rolled up with soil pollution, lack of education and market access, etc.—all exist as barriers to urban agriculture. Classes will begin next month, with a community potluck to follow. Stay updated by following our Facebook page.

Public art project coming to Waite House

We are excited to announce that Waite House is one of a handful of places selected for Sari Jeans, a public art project traveling throughout the Twin Cities metro area from Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT). This project explores present and historical connections between global communities of women through the metaphors of indigo and oceanic migrations. ADT asks: In tracing journeys of indigo dye and oceanic migrations, what stories, memories, or imaginings emerge? Community members will be asked to engage with the installation by sharing stories, memories, and/or imaginings of indigo onto a piece of fabric and then tucking it into one of the hidden pockets or attaching it to Sari Jeans with a clothespin.

Once the installations are over, community offerings to Sari Jeans will inform Ananya Dance Theatre’s upcoming show, Shaatranga: At the Edge of New Worlds and become part of the set design for the show’s premiere on September 21 and 22, 2018. Sari Jeans will be installed in the Waite House lobby from Tuesday, July 10 through Monday, July 16.

Waite House food shelf team

SuperShelf Certified

After about a year-long transformation process, the Waite House food shelf is now an official Certified SuperShelf Site.

SuperShelf (founded by HealthPartners, Valley Outreach, The Food Group, University of Minnesota Extension and Department of Family Medicine and Community Health), transforms food shelves, creating welcoming environments for communities to access appealing, healthy food. Partnering with food shelves across Minnesota, SuperShelf uses behavioral economic principles to promote healthy food choices, works with food shelves to meet specific SuperShelf stocking standards and values, and transforms the physical space to create an appealing environment.

Amongst many things SuperShelf works with food shelves on through the multi-step transformation process, one is to ‘make the healthiest choice the easiest choice.’ SuperShelf will measure participant outcomes such as diet, markers of cardiovascular health, etc. as well as food shelf outcomes including the availability of nutritious and culturally specific foods and implementation successes and challenges.

New staff: Raquel

Meet our new Employment Counselor: Raquel! From Chicago and raised in Minnesota, Raquel is no stranger to Waite House. Growing up in the youth program starting at the age of 9, she later worked in various roles here while attending college. “Being with community members—not just helping them but also just being that extra set of ears and hearing them out,” is something she said she looks forward to about her new role. In her free time, Raquel loves to dance and spend time with her family and dogs. Favorite food? Pozole…especially during the winter.

Legal Clinic
Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2-5 pm. Receive free legal advice for issues involving work, family, immigration and more. Walk-ins only.

Community Cafe
Free warm, nutritious meals!
M-Fri, 11:00-12:30

Produce Days
Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month.
Registration begins at 11:45 am, distribution to start at 1pm.

Food Shelf
M & Fri: 1:00-5:00 pm
Tu & Th: 10 am-12 pm & 2:30-6 pm

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Contact Us:
2323 11th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 721-1681 | www.puc-mn.org/waite-house

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