Workshops will take place at various locations around the City of Northfield from 9:00 am-12:00 pm on Saturday, April 24th

(Rain Date, Saturday, May 1st). 

All in-person workshops require masks and social distancing. We will provide masks if you forget yours. Bring a lawn chair for seating. 



Friday, April 23rd


Kiss the Ground Film

7:00 pm, Friday, April 23, via Zoom (Link Coming Soon), 7:45 pm Farmer Panel Discussion via Zoom

No Registration Needed

Kiss the Ground is a film about how farmers are taking action for cleaner water, healthier soil, a more sustainable agricultural system. The movie also shows how these farm conservation practices can help us address the current ongoing climate crisis. in the United States.

Click this link to watch the movie online from 7:00-7:45 pm, and to attend the farmer panel discussion at 7:45 pm.

https://carleton.zoom.us/j/98852921010?pwd=QnhjYnhFUWJZbUYvakpsMzZkZGNLZz09

Click this link to watch the movie online from 7:00-7:45 pm, and to attend the farmer panel discussion at 7:45 pm.

After the film, at 7:45 pm, you’ll have a chance to hear from local farmers about what they’re doing to address conservation and climate crisis issues locally, and how city residents can help get more conservation on the landscape. The same link works for both the movie and the panel discussion.


Saturday, April 24th


Office Supply Give-Away

9:00 am-12:00 pm, Saturday April 24, First United Church of Christ Church Parking Lot, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN

Did you miss the Lighten Up Sale at Carleton last year when it was cancelled in the wake of COVID? If you’re in need of office supplies, you’re in luck–check out the pop-up “Lighten Up” giveaway at the First UCC parking lot and give new life to some secondhand items from last year’s students!


Wellness Wake Up with Mother Earth

9:00am, Saturday, April 24, Bridge Square, Northfield, MN

No Registration Needed

Meet at Bridge Square bring your own yoga pad and mask for an amazing outdoor Yoga session with Kris Laymen from Prema Yoga. No yoga experience necessary.


Bike Maintenance 101

9:00 am, Saturday, April 24, Hot Spot Music, 801 Division Street South, Northfield, MN

To Register, Click Here

Anxious to get on your bike more often as the weather warms up? Get tips from local cycling enthusiasts for keeping your bike in good working order! The Bike Maintenance Demonstration will be held in front of the Hot Spot at 801 Division St. S. at 9 am Saturday April 24th. Bring a lawn chair for seating.


One Strategy That Addresses Our Changing Climate

9:00 am, Saturday, April 24th, Front Door at First United Church of Christ Church Parking Lot, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN

To Register, Click Here

Alan Anderson, Janet Petri, Howard White,
Citizens Climate Lobby Presenters

Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/535960151

Would you like to hear about a climate strategy that is bi-partisan, efficient, good for people and the economy, and is revenue-neutral?  Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Northfield will explain H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, that has been introduced in the U.S. Congress.  Come to this workshop to discover how it will help people and the environment.  It will function better than the Clean Power Plan and the Paris Climate Accords.  We can succeed, and this legislation is one significant part of the solution. Learn more at https://citizensclimatelobby.org/chapters/MN_Northfield/

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is made up of 190,648  unpaid volunteer lobbyists.   CCL sees putting a price on carbon price to deal with our changing climate.
Bring a lawn chair for seating.


Free Food-Help Yourself

9:30 am, Saturday, April 24, Bethel Lutheran Church parking lot, 1321 North Avenue, Northfield, MN

To Register, Click Here

Please help us repair the raised garden beds that produce food for hungry people – free for the picking.  We will be meeting at .

We will meet at 9:30am to organize into work groups, then we will go to the yards of our wonderful free food garden bed sponsors to repair and/or replace the garden beds and signs.  Participants will need to have transportation to get from Bethel to the garden bed locations (most located near downtown).  Please also bring work gloves and come ready to get dirty.  If you are under 15 years old you will need to bring an adult.  All participants will need to wear masks and social distance to keep everyone safe and healthy.   

Download the plans for a garden bed here.


Virtual Earth Day Storytime

10:00 am, April 24 Online https://www.facebook.com/northfieldpubliclibrary/

No Registration Needed

Join us for songs, stories, and amazing facts about our planet in a special storytime. Geared to kids of all ages and their caregivers. Premiering on Facebook at 10:00a.m., will be archived for later viewing at your convenience. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/northfieldpubliclibrary/


Weeds: Friend or Foe?

10:00 am, Saturday, April 24th, Hot Spot Music, 801 Division Street South, Northfield, MN

To Register, Click Here

LuAnn Raadt

You can almost hear the cries of anguish across the land as dandelions pop up, plantain rosettes appear, and nettles sprout in yards.  But before you pluck and discard those pesky visitors, consider this: they may have come to help you.  That’s right!  Many weeds can be extremely useful in supporting your health.  For instance, nettle is a nutritional dynamo as well as a tasty snack. Got a mosquito bite or bee sting?  Plantain is there to bring relief.  Bruising or bleeding? Yarrow is ready to help.  Digestive issues?  Dandelion to the rescue.  And there’s so much more to discover! 
Bring a lawn chair for seating.


Curbside Composting

10:00 am, April 24, Bridge Square, Northfield, MN

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Join Northfield Curbside Compost at Bridge Square at 10am on April 24th, for a family friendly workshop on composting! Learn about the science of and methods for composting, why compost matters for the climate, and what the options are for composting in Northfield.This is a family friendly activity where kids will create chalk drawings of bugs and organisms that help the compost process. Come learn about composting and join the fun.
Bring a lawn chair for seating.


Meadows Park Community Garden Teach-In with Sharing Our Roots

10:00 am, Saturday, April 24, Meadows Park,
2400 Erie Drive, Northfield, MN

To Register, Click Here

Did you know 80% of the world’s flowering plants and 35% of crops are pollinated by bees and other insects? Sadly, pollinator populations are quickly disappearing due to the wide use of chemical pesticides. Without bees, we would not have most of the food we enjoy today. But, you have the power to make a difference.
In celebration of Earth Day, Sharing Our Roots (formerly known as the Main Street Project) will be doing a fun and engaging demonstration on how to set up a pollinator-friendly garden space in your neighborhood or backyard, and share recommendations on specific native and aromatic plants. Creating more habitat for bees is a sure way to have healthy plants, people and planet! 
Join us at Meadows Park on Saturday, April 24th at 10am.
Bring a lawn chair for seating.


Water Conservation 101

10:00 am, Saturday April 24, First United Church of Christ Church Parking Lot, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN

To Register, Click Here

Kevin Strauss, Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP)

Watch the video trailer.

Living in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we don’t often talk about water conservation. But 10% of houses have water leaks that waste over 90 gallons of water per day (32,000 gallons per year). Many more homes are losing thousands of gallons of water due to leaks. But the big news is that most of these leaks are easy to fix. Join Cannon River Watershed Partnership Community Engagement Coordinator Kevin Strauss to learn simple ways to find and fix water leaks in your house. Hands on activities. Bring a lawn chair for seating.


River-Friendly, Low Maintenance Lawn Care

10:30 am, Saturday April 24, First United Church of Christ Church Parking Lot, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN

To Register, Click Here

Kevin Strauss, Cannon Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP)


Watch the video trailer.

Did you know that how you manage your lawn and gardens can have a big impact on water in Northfield?

Whether it’s the fertilizers and herbicides you use (or don’t use), or it’s the height of your lawn, making small changes in how we manage our yards can have a big impact on how clean the Cannon River and our drinking water will be. The good news is that many “clean water” land use practices are actually less expensive and less time consuming than the “standard” yard maintenance practices that we use every day

Learn about simple, easy, low-maintenance ways that you can grow healthier, more climate-change resistant lawns and gardens, while at the same time helping your yard absorb and filter the rain that falls there. We’ll explore rain gardens, lawn maintenance, pollinators, and native plantings, plus you’ll walk away with an awesome “Healthy Lawns/Healthy Rivers” handout. Cannon River Watershed Partnership is presenting this workshop with support from the City of Northfield.
Bring a lawn chair for seating.


Emerging Crops that Lead to Cleaner Water and How To Support Clean Water Farming Practices

11:00 am, Saturday April 24, First United Church of Christ Church Parking Lot, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN

To Register, Click Here

Alan Kraus, CRWP;
Scott Wells, PhD., University of Minnesota

Watch the video trailer.

Many farmers in southern Minnesota are using clean water farming practices like cover crops, no-till farming, and Kernza(R) planting to help keep our rivers and lakes clean and healthy. Learn how these programs lead to cleaner water and how you can support these programs locally and across the state.
Bring a lawn chair for seating.


Stop Line 3 Teach-In

11:00 am, Saturday, April 24, Bridge Square, Northfield, MN

To Register, Click Here

Water Protectors Nancy Beaulieu and Dawn Goodwin (MN Chippewa Tribe)

To learn more, watch this video: https://vimeo.com/535931566

Join Native Women Nancy Beaulieu and Dawn Goodwin from The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe for a teach in about how you can get involved in helping to stop Line 3, protect our water and honor treaties.   Line 3 is a tarsands pipeline that Enbridge is trying to build through Ojibwe and Dakota treaty territories. This unnecessary fossil fuel infrastructure will not only threaten Indigenous lives and culture, but also our water and the climate at large. Join us for a teach-in on Minnesota’s role in the Line 3 movement, educational materials, and a Q&A.    If you can’t attend but are interested in this movement check out linktr.ee/stopline3 for additional resources.”
Bring a lawn chair for seating.


Growing a Backyard Pharmacy

11:00 am, Saturday, April 24th, Hot Spot Music, 801 Division Street South, Northfield, MN

To Register, Click Here

LuAnne Raadt

How handy would it be to have herbs for teas or other health-promoting items right in your backyard?  How lovely would it be to have some unique additions to your landscaping that are not only aesthetically pleasing for you, but attractive to pollinators like butterflies and bees?  How fun would it be to grow them yourself?  This class will show you how simple this is, with a special focus on plants that provide healthy support for your immune system and aid in recovery from illness.  Do it for yourself!  Do it for the earth!
LuAnn has a medicinal herbs garden at a local CSA, and she offers a variety of resources and classes through her website at Cannon Valley Herbals.
Bring a lawn chair for seating.


Fiber Space

9 am-12 noon, April 24th, Hot Spot, 801 Division Street S., Northfield, MN

No Registration Needed

We will have our demos on the patio of the Hot Spot April 24th from 9-12. Come join us, ask questions and get involved. 
We are a group of fiber lovers who spin, knit, crochet, weave, quilt, and more. 

The studio allows us to spread out and do our work in community.   Members enjoy the benefits of using equipment, keeping projects out while in-process, and learning from each other. Our current members possess a wide variety of fiber talents including spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving, sewing, needle felting, embroidery, and basket making.  Members gather in smaller groups to focus on a particular area of interest, or simply gather with the larger group to work on their own projects.


Shredded Paper Recycling Event

9 AM-Noon, April 24th (no rain date for this event),
City of Northfield Maintenance Facility,  1710 Riverview Drive, Northfield, MN

No Registration Needed

Northfield area residents – Do you have old documents to be shredded? Did you know that shredded paper is not recyclable in your curbside bins? Get rid of old documents and clutter in an environmentally friendly way! Bring old bank documents, contracts, or any other paper you need shredded in a paper bag or box. No contact drop off.  Staff will collect bags and boxes from your vehicle.  Please stay in your vehicle while dropping off and wear a mask when your vehicle is being unloaded.