Birchwood Boost supports local nonprofits whose work aligns with our "Good Real Food" values. Food connects us all (everyone eats!) and food systems are a critical point of action for addressing human and environmental health, climate change & social justice issues. Birchwood Boost will partner with four organizations per year, so that our entire community can engage in the good work they do! Read more >
Birchwood BOOST 2017 Application is now closed!
Our first partner (January - March) will be Women's Environmental Institute, and we'll announce our other 3 partners in early 2017. #betheBOOST #bethechange
CURRENT PARTNER: Women's Environmental Institute
WEI is dedicated to environmental, agricultural & food justice, especially for women, children and economically challenged communities. Learn how you can get involved!
BOOSTer Club Breakfast: Wake Up to Urban Agriculture with WEI
Friday, February 10 / 8–9:30am
Urban agriculture is a vital part of the solution to increasing access to fresh fruits & vegetables in urban areas. Learn what’s happening in the MN legislature from Karen Clark, and what you can do to help advance urban ag. Get tickets here.
World Day of Social Justice: Why Food is at the Epicenter
Monday, February 20 / 6–8pm
Where does your food come from? How is food a vital part of personal, community and environmental justice? Join us for this free event: a discussion with Professor Emerita Jacquelyn Zita (WEI Farm Manager & Director of Education), complete with clips from the classic film on sustainable agriculture, Fresh. Bring your appetite for change and Good Real Food. RSVP here.
Dine Out for WEI: Seeding the Future
Monday, March 20 / 5–9pm
Dine out and do good – we’ll donate 35% of our proceeds from this Equinox dinner to WEI – welcome in the Spring and bless our farmers for the season to come!
Take Action with WEI in 2017!
1. Join a CSA – choose from many packages!
WEI has multiple CSA options, including Spring Greens, a full 18-week CSA Share, a 10-week Flex Share, and November/December Holiday boxes. Learn more online!
2. Enroll in WEI’s new school, Down to Earth
– New Farmer Certificate Program
Want to learn a specific farming skillset? WEI has year-long classes in Beekeeping, Organic Orchard Care, Farming, Herbs & Herbalism, and Aquaponics.
– Take a Personal Development Class
Interested in Holistic Health, Wild Medicine, Inner Resiliency, writing, singing, yoga or meditation? WEI offers classes and day-long events all year long.
3. Attend Growing Power Training
Dive in to a weekend workshop and learn about sustainable farming from Will Allen, internationally renowned farmer who serves under-served populations. Sign up online!
4. Sign up for Organic Farming 101
New to farming? Join this unique ten-week educational winter course (February-March), to learn the principles, techniques, and strategies used in organic farming. Register online!
5. Volunteer at an Urban Farm
If you enjoy farming & gardening, consider helping out at one of WEI’s metro sites and see how they’ve helped transform vacant lots into abundant medicinal & traditional gardens!
6. Apply for a Farm or Admin Internship
Whether you want to immerse yourself on an organic farm, or help create a new regional food system, WEI has plenty of opportunities, all listed on their website.
7. Visit WEI’s Eco-Retreat Center
Whether you need an event center, wedding location, or just a retreat from the city, WEI has a beautiful farmhouse and orchard in Chisago County.
By highlighting Good Real FOOD as a solution, we aspire to engage more people in a culture of service to create positive, lasting change. For three months at a time, our cafe will collaborate with a local nonprofit organization to do the following:
We’re going to put our partner organizations center stage and get the word out about their work by highlighting their programs and impact through our newsletters, social media, our website and signage in the cafe.
Our servers will invite customers to round up at the register to “Boost” these organizations—pocket change, just like our individual action steps, has the power to add up! We’ll also host a Booster Club Dinner in our Community Room for an inspiring evening of Good Real Food and special guests. Together, we can start a ripple effect that expands far beyond our plates and into the broader world.
We’ll co-host events with our partners and provide our community with real, face- time opportunities to meet these people and hear first-hand about their work. Our partners will present information and action steps that can make a difference.
Our current Boost partner is featured above. You can also find out more through our social media and by visiting the cafe. Or, sign up for our e-newsletter for up-to-date info on events and action steps you can participate in. Together, we can #BeTheChange!
We had the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing nonprofits last year. Thanks to you, we've been able to BOOST their missions and we hope that you'll help us continue to support positive, lasting change to build a better food system.
Climate Generation is a local nonprofit that works to educate and empower people to engage in solutions to climate change, with a unique focus on engaging youth. We love their efforts to address climate change from diverse angles, including climate literacy and climate justice: areas where climate activism and social justice intersect
Right to Know's mission is to advance the mandatory labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering (GMOs) in Minnesota. Since 2011, Right to Know has led a coalition of farmers, citizens, and health advocates to secure our right to label GMOs because they believe (like we do!) that knowing whats in the food we eat is a basic right.
Urban Roots works to build vibrant and healthy communities through food, conservation, and youth development. Since 1996, they've cultivated youth leaders and improved urban food systems through gardening, cooking, and entrepreneurship programs.
Land Stewardship Project is working to create a sustainable food system by supporting new farmers, building soil health, promoting policy reform and developing community based food systems. Find out how you can get more involved at one of our BOOST events.
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) is a grassroots, member-led organization fighting for racial and economic justice across the Twin Cities. NOC works on a variety of issues, including environmental justice, education, workers rights and police accountability.