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Give Thanks for Local Food Producers at our November 18th Potluck!

Join us on Tuesday, November 18th for our last Community Potluck of the season.  We’ll be serving a Kale and Bean soup featuring ingredients from our local producers. Farmer Sonya Ewert of A Place at the Table CSA will talk about the economics of local food production. Learn how changing federal and state farm policies can support local food and farmers.

Gather at 6 pm, eat at 6:30 pm at Harvest House, 1200 W South Street, Belle Plaine.  We’ll provide the soup, bread and beverages, you bring great conversation, a dish to share, if you like and a friend.  If you RSVP on Facebook it helps us know how much soup to prepare.

Community Potluck


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Belle Plaine Garden Club at September Potluck

Did you know that Belle Plaine has a Garden Club?  Come out for the potluck on September 16th and get to know these fine folks and learn about their varied gardening interests.

As always, we’ll gather at Harvest House at 6 and eat at 6:30 pm.  You bring your friends, ideas and interests and we’ll provide the soup, bread and beverages.  Bring a dish to share, if you like.

RSVP on Facebook to help us make sure we have enough soup on hand!


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Barbara McAfee to Host Community Sing July 19th!

As many of you know we are very excited to be hosting book author and voice coach Barbara McAfee for an intimate 20-person workshop from 9-3 on Saturday, July 19th.

We are every bit as excited to announce that Barbara will be leading a Community Sing the evening of the event that is free and open to the public.   We’ve also moved our regular Tuesday night potluck scheduled for July 15th to Saturday evening.

We hope you can join us to share a meal and then join together with this talented singer and your friends and neighbors as we lift our voices in song!

Details:

Potluck starts at 5:30 on Saturday, July 19th.  We usually provide soup and bread, but since we’ll be sharing a meal al fresco we will be serving  hot dogs and veggies dogs.  We’ll also provide refreshments.  Bring a dish to share if you like.  But most importantly, come and enjoy a beautiful summer evening, share a meal with friends new and old and take this opportunity to join Barbara in song!

Community Singing is enjoying a revival in the Twin Cities as people seek to come together to build a just, sustainable society.  Learn more here.

 


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Tickets now available for Barbara McAfee Vocal Presence

We are kicking off our new author series with a day of vocal exploration, liberation, and delight! Put your voice to work in the service of your intentions, vision and purpose. Establish your Vocal Presence.

On July 19thBarbara McAfee will be facilitating an intimate workshop for 20 participants at Prairie Oaks Institute in Belle Plaine, MN. Barbara has been a voice coach for over twenty years supporting leaders from all sectors to unleash the full power and presence in their voices. Her book, Full Voice: The Art and Practice of Vocal Presence (Berrett-Koehler Publishers) was the #1 Amazon bestseller in business communications when it was released in October of 2011. She was an organizational development consultant for twelve years, specializing in team building, communications, and applying organizational principles and practices within communities.

Optional childrens’ program is available at no additional cost if enough young ones are attending. Please email the event organizer for details. Lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee.

With only 20 seats available, registration for this event will go quickly!  Early bird price is $200. Price after June 27th is $250. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

Eventbrite - Barbara McAfee Vocal Presence


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Farmers Union Camp on June 11th 10am-2pm

We’re excited to host our 2nd annual Farmers Union Day Camp on Wednesday, June 11th!  Last year 40 campers had a great day on the land!

Come learn about growing vegetables and building the soil from Farmer Sonya of A Place at the Table CSA. Then find out why we need the bees with Beekeeper Alisen from Spotted Duck Apiary. Last but not least, get dirty with Taylor and worm composting.

After hay wagon ride to the Granary we’ll enjoy a hot dog lunch and then it’s time for fun crafts and games with the always inspiring MFU counselors! Ages 5-12; registration $5 (scholarships available), contact Carol Johnson, carol@mfu.org or 507-380-4364 to register before June 9. Hope to see you there!


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Awakened Mama Retreat May 16-18th

Attention Pregnant Mamas: It is time to awaken your roots, and to do so, we have a special gift brewing for you! Prairie Oaks welcomes Amy Heilman (birth doula/prenatal yoga instructor) and Brittany Bushaw (mama/massage therapist/homesteader). They will invite you into the sacredness of your birth journey with a weekend retreat where you will connect with nature, yourself, your baby, and other beautiful mamas. Spring is right around the corner, which is the perfect time to align with nature’s rebirth and emergence! Spots for this event will be limited. Register before April 15th to save $40!  Click here to register.


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March 18th Potluck with Beekeeper John Emery

Join us on Tuesday, March 18th for our first potluck of 2014! Meet our special guest John Emery, beekeeper and owner of Spotted  Duck Apiary.   John will be back at Prairie Oaks again this spring, tending his hives on the Devine-Johnson prairies located behind the POI farm campus.

We depend on bees and other pollinators, but bee habitat and populations are in danger. Come share a meal and learn about this important issue and here John’s plans for 2014. We will gather at 6, eat at 6:30 at Harvest House, 1200 W South Street, Belle Plaine. White bean and kale soup, bread and beverages will be served. You can bring a dish to share, if you like.  RSVP on Facebook.


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Save the date – Barbara McAfee at Prairie Oaks on July 19!

Prairie Oaks Institute is excited to welcome Barbara McAfee for an intimate retreat session at Prairie Oaks on July 19th.   Barbara McAfee has been a voice coach for over twenty years supporting leaders from all sectors to unleash the full power and presence in their voices. Her book, Full Voice: The Art and Practice of Vocal Presence (Berrett-Koehler Publishers) was the #1 Amazon bestseller in business communications when it was released in October of 2011. She was an organizational development consultant for twelve years, specializing in team building, communications, and applying organizational principles and practices within communities.

 Seats for this special event will be limited.  Children’s program/retreat will be offered      concurrently with this event.  If you are interested in attending, please complete contact info    below.

http://www.barbaramcafee.com/index.php


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Fall Festival Fun in the Rain & the Cold

It was a beautiful September and a quite nice October as well.  September 28th was a bit of a different story as the cold winds and driving rain made for a light turn out at our Fall Festival.

Those who did come found the silent auction and readings moved inside the cozy Farmhouse. The musicians and marketers braved the elements and delivered some great entertainment and offerings for our guests.

Heirloom tomatoes from A Place at the Table CSA

Heirloom tomatoes from A Place at the Table CSA

Poetry Reading Joyce Sutphen

Poetry Reading Joyce Sutphen

Rain gear and fun games!

Rain gear and fun games!

Depot Creek kept the tunes coming despite playing during the windiest part of the day.

Depot Creek kept the tunes coming despite playing during the windiest part of the day.

Jessie Erickson performs at the Fall Festival.

Jessie Erickson performs at the Fall Festival.


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Fall Festival on Saturday, September 28th

hayride

Join us on Saturday, September 28th for our Fall Festival!

SILENT AUCTION:  10:30 am – 2:30 pm,  obtain bidder numbers at the welcome table

HAY WAGON RIDES:   depart on the half-hour, from the Farm House yard for a ride to the Granary and labyrinth

GRANARY & LABYRINTH: enjoy the views of Robert Creek and walk the prairie labyrinth; join Debi Kohlhardt at the Granary for gentle yoga at 1:00 pm

FESTIVAL MARKET PLACE: purchase veggies, honey and other treasures

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES:   “Minute To Win It” games (located east of the music stage)

TOUR HARVEST HOUSE:  tours conducted at 11 am and 2 pm

FOOD & BEVERAGE: provided by Cindy’s Kitchen, The Lemonade Stand, with periodic visits from our local ice cream truck throughout the day

Mini Sessions

Music

11:00 am

Sonya Ewert

 Garden Tour and Greens Tasting

Garden side

Depot Creek

Country Blue Grass

Enjoy from 11 – 12:15 pm

11:30 am

Anne Ludvik

Residential Composting

Chicken coop side

12 Noon

Sonya Ewert

Garden Tour and Greens Tasting

Garden Side

12:30 pm

Cathy Isles

Children’s Author

Farm House Front Porch

                      Jake Jones

Folk Rocker

Enjoy from 12:30 – 1:45 pm

1:00 pm

Debi Kohlhardt

Gentle Yoga

The Granary

1:30 pm

Joyce Sutphen

MN Poet Laureate

Farm House Front Porch

 2:00 pm

Cathy Isles

Children’s Author

Farm House Front Porch

Jessie Erickson

Indie Acoustic

Enjoy from 2-3 pm

2:30 pm

Sonya Ewert

 Garden Tour and Greens Tasting

Garden Side

Free tickets at eventbrite: https://prairieoaksinstitute.eventbrite.com/