Hmong American Farmers Association members Lang and Mee Hang use hoes to clear weeds in their farm plot in Dakota County’s Vermillion Township. (photo by Mike Hazard, courtesy of HAFA)
Food growers keep traditions going while learning new methods
Hoping to give Hmong food growers a leg up, a St. Paul-based organization called the Hmong American Farmers Association is helping farmers find new ways of selling their fresh produce and new paths to economically fruitful farming.
South of the urban core, past the suburbs and out into the lesser-known land of Vermillion Township, a group of Hmong farmers, many of them East Siders, are hard at work as many as seven days a week during the growing season.
Teens from the East Side and Minneapolis’ North Side performed in an empty parking lot on Payne Avenue in September, during three separate performances. The events were put on by Farrington Llewellyn, who was hired by Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services. (submitted photo)
Hoping to bring some activity to an unflattering city-owned parking lot on Payne Avenue, Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services teamed up with teens from the East Side and Minneapolis to bring some life and music to the open pavement.
East Sider Nancy Finch stands before her home, which was repainted last week thanks to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush With Kindness program. Finch’s home served as the center of a kickoff event, celebrating 153 painting projects that were be done through Habitat for Humanity across the country during the week of Sept. 20 through 26. (submitted photo)
Payne-Phalen resident part of nationwide home improvement celebration
Over the past weekend, the modest Payne-Phalen homeowner Nancy Finch was the center of attention.
Over 100 volunteers stood in the street outside her house on the 1000 block of Greenbrier Street a block from Payne Avenue, kicking off a week-long national Habitat for Humanity event, where thanks to extra paint donations, the non-profit housing agency is getting 153 homeowners across the country a fresh coat of paint.
The 2014 parade grand marshal Alfreda Flowers charmed the crowd. Flowers, who started the social services and charity organization Family Values For Life, organizes an annual backpack giveaway. This year’s grand marshal is Ed Bertges, owner of the revitalized Schwietz Saloon. (file photo)
Weekend full of fun on the docket
With the East Side’s long-time tradition hitting its stride again, neighbors will gather for fall fun and merriment the weekend of Sept. 18 through 20.
At noon, Payne Avenue’s golden commercial stretch will be closed off to make way for a 60-group parade on Saturday, Sept. 19.
The East Side’s new community radio station, WEQY 104.7 FM, has hit the air, broadcasting out of a studio in Dayton’s Bluff. Calling itself “the voice of the East Side” the mostly volunteer-run station has about 30 hours of weekly programming scheduled. Organizers are hoping to attract more people interested in creating programming. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Soft broadcast kicked off at East Seventh Live
"We're here to get some starch in your slacks... to tell you the best of what's going on on your block," spits out DJ Huh What on a new radio show called New Lens.
The two men behind the show are hoping to air twice weekly, showing off fresh hip hop tunes on a new East Side radio station.
East Sider Jeremy Sartain turned his experience of getting his bikes stolen into a positive one — he opted to fix neighborhood kids’ bikes for free, and handed out over 100 refurbished bikes to neighborhood kids. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
After getting his prized racing bikes stolen from his garage, East Sider Jeremy Sartain turned the experience into a productive, community oriented venture to put tuned up bikes in the hands of kids throughout the East Side.
Two anthropology students led a dig to find artifacts of Swede Hollow Park’s rich history. Above, a volunteer excavates a one square meter section of debris and rubble in the park. (photo courtesy of Stefanie Kowalczyk and Kelly Wolf)
Though it's now a quiet, perhaps underused green space, Swede Hollow Park was once home to as many as 2,000 people at a time.
Raised garden beds, including the one with cabbages, are accessible for Jeff to lend a hand in the community garden. Wheelchair access and raised garden beds are among the many benefits MSS staff say this garden has to offer. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
For participants in Midwest Special Services programs, a community garden is not only a place to grow plants, but a way to grow social connections with their surrounding community.