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 >
Midwest Food Connection
From July–September, Birchwood BOOST is partnering with Midwest Food Connection (MFC) to empower children to make healthy decisions around food. MFC brings real food into classrooms, providing a chance for kids to share stories, plant seeds, cook across cultures, and taste delicious recipes. This fun and approachable way for children to understand where food comes from and how it impacts our bodies, our communities and our earth is a vital part of early childhood education.
Meet Midwest Food Connection
Food + Farming Sing-Along
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 since we started BOOST in 2016. 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.
Women's Environmental Institute is dedicated to environmental, agricultural & food justice, especially for women, children and economically challenged communities. Learn how you can get involved!