Trailblazers 2017: Youth Farming Nonprofits

America has a farming crisis, one that has nothing to do with prices, pests, topsoil or water quality. The problem is with the farmers themselves—the average age of Minnesota farmers is 56, and they aren’t being replaced by younger generations at the rate we need. Couple that with another drastic shortfall—1.6 million Minnesotans lack easy … [ Read more]

Vehicle for Change: Three nonprofits are using bikes to build community

Jump on a bike, and you can go just about anywhere. Bikes are an inexpensive, fun, and active form of transportation—and there are a lot of them in the world. And there’s one more key element, according to Randy Treichel, enterprise director of Express Bike Shop on Selby Avenue in St. Paul. “Bikes are, by … [ Read more]

Urban Boatbuilders is empowering youth, one boat at a time

“From Lake Superior, you can go anywhere in the world.” That’s what one of the instructors at Urban Boatbuilders in St. Paul likes to tell his students. “Not that I would recommend traveling the world in a canoe,” Marc Hosmer, Urban Boatbuilders’s executive director, says. “But the idea of connection to the broader world and … [ Read more]

Local nonprofit helps people with disabilities tap into their inner artists

“Art makes me.” This is what art means to Victor Van, a Minneapolis artist with autism. His art depicts things he loves: cars, wine bottles, even beer labels. “He would grab bottles and has always been fascinated by them,” Van’s mother, Yawa Vanthanouvong, explains about her son’s artistic inspiration. “Even as a little kid, he … [ Read more]

Climate Generation gets the Birchwood Boost

As our month of conservation-themed stories draws to a close, we at The Growler have been thinking about how to be more involved in these pressing global issues in the course of our everyday lives. One thing we’ll do is eat at the Birchwood Cafe (I mean, we do that anyway, because we dream about those savory waffles), … [ Read more]