Community Sustainability Initiative 2017 Proposals
Arrowhead Regional Farm Bureau - Supper on the Farm
Cherry High School - QCA Solar Project
Chisholm Kids Plus - Chisholm Downtown Revitalization
Hibbing Farmers Market - Site Improvements/Two-Sided Sign
Tranquility Wellness Center - Tranquility Wellness Center Meditation Labyrinth
Ely Farmers Market - Ely Community Gardens
Free Range Food Co-op - Food, Farming, and Co-ops - The Local Documentary Series
Friends of the Greenhouse - Seed Bank Start-Up
A Red Breasted Robin - Clean Sweep
Northern Lights Community School - Outdoor Wetland Classroom
All Proposals will have a poster at Earth Fest on April 22 where the Final $200 grant will be awarded based on an audience vote
What is the Community Sustainability Initiative?
The Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability works to support and encourage sustainability projects within our communities. Organizations, students, groups, churches or businesses that have a “green” idea to advance the health and sustainability of Iron Range communities, but need funding to support it, are encouraged to apply for the Community Sustainability Initiative (CSI). The top four proposals will win $500 to implement their projects!
Read more about the CSI Contest in this February 17, 2015 article in the Mesabi Daily News titled “Sustainability stipends of $500 each available“
The CSI contact is supported by the CSI Silent Auction, which takes place each year at Earth Fest and the Harvest Festival. Participants place bids on goods and services generously donated by local individuals, businesses and organizations. For a listing of recent CSI Silent Auction supporters, see below. IRPS also wishes to thank Natural Harvest Food Co-op’s Change Within Reach program (and Co-op shoppers) and At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe for their support of the CSI Contest in 2016!
Thank You to all CSI Silent Auction Supporters!
Be on the lookout for this years Silent Auction!
PAST CSI WINNERS
Ely Area Bee Club – Honeybee Demonstration Hives to Educate and Raise Public Awareness to the Role of Pollinators in Sustainable Agriculture and a Healthy EcoSystem
The Ely Area Bee Club will establish and maintain demonstration bee hives in areas accessible to community members and tourists. The hives will be used to teach hive management to those new to beekeeping and provide non club members observation and educational opportunities about the role of pollinators and their importance to wildflowers and sustainable agriculture. Contact Dan Donnelly (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Kitchen Committee of Messiah Lutheran Church – Crossway Community Kitchen
The Crossway Community Kitchen will be a commercial grade kitchen where local food entrepreneurs and others can affordably rent a kitchen in which to prepare food for sale. The kitchen will be operated such that people could reserve space for one time or ongoing usage. In addition, this community kitchen will be used to hold classes, especially on food preservation, food preparation, and cooking healthy on a budget. It will be open for an after school or summer program that not only feeds children but teaches them how to grow and prepare family meals. Contact Messiah Lutheran Church (218-741-7057) for more information.
Mesabi Unitarian Universalist Church – Community Garden Demonstration Plot
The Mesabi Unitarian Universalist Church created a demonstration community garden in their neighborhood in the SE section of Virginia. They plan to plant berries, fruit trees, and a wide assortment of vegetables in raised beds designed to take advantage of the steam line microclimate running through the lot. This garden will be maintained by the children and adults of the church, but will be available to the neighborhood as a resource for learning organic gardening, composting, rainwater harvesting, and for sharing of our yields. For more information contact Bret Alexander (email@example.com).
Mountain Iron-Buhl Public Schools School Forest Committee – Bringing Adventure Back to the School Forest
The MI-B School Forest Committee are busy planning making their school forest safe and inviting for all students, teachers and guests. From snowshoers to geocachers to MN Worm Watch participants– they want to attract the public and local communities of future generations to experience their beautiful resource and maybe learn a thing or two while they visit. Contact Kristen Busch (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Green Gate Gardens – Sustainable Watering System for Local Organic Garden
Green Gate Gardens (on the property of Green Gate Guest Houses) will create a more effective and sustainable watering system for their organic gardening needs. They will construct an active pumping system to move water from the nearby Embarrass River to the gardens, rather than relying on hauling water in a vehicle several times a week. Contact Rich Cummings (email@example.com) for more information.
Cardinal Alliance Towards Sustainability (CATS) – Hibbing Community College and Community Garden
The Cardinal Alliance Towards Sustainability (CATS) will create a space in which Hibbing area community members as well as Hibbing Community College students can garden and learn. Contact Peri Bovitz (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
The North Woods Grizzly Foresters – Sustainability through Construction and Implication of the North Woods School Forest Trails and Bridge Project
The North Woods Grizzly Foresters will construct the first phase of the school forest trails and bridges project at North Woods School. This project includes designing and installing the first bridge to cross Flint Creek. The project will lay the ground work for access to the school forest, and it will provide decades of environmentally friendly outdoor learning. Contact Richard Pierce at North Woods School for more information.
Northern Lights Community School – School Garden and Community Supported Agriculture (People’s Choice Award Winner)
Northern Lights Community School will develop a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program as part of the NLCS Nature Center and School Garden. The project will promote health and wellness throughout the school and local community by providing fresh organic vegetables to students and the local community. Contact Matt Alleva (email@example.com) for more information.
Friends of the Greenhouse – Winter Produce Production
Utilize the Olcott Park Greenhouse and produce food that would be sold either by direct contact or through Natural Harvest. They also won an additional $200 for the Peoples Choice vote at Earth Fest! Contact Ted Grishaber (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Bear River Farms – Pollinator Project
Plant pollinator-friendly plants to encourage butterfly and bee production on their property. Species of concern are Monarchs and Honey Bees, but also considering the other species who need a safe harbor. Contact Missy Bakker Roach (email@example.com) for more information.
Northern Lights Community School – Community Recycling Center
Complete a community recycling area on the school grounds. Northern Lights Community School (Warba, MN) did not have a place for the community to recycle, and the school had a poor set up to accommodate recycling. The new shed will be open 24/7 and will include security lights and proper signage to assist the community. Contact Donna Hanson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.