Workshops will take place at various locations around the City of Northfield from 9:00 am-12:00 pm on Saturday, April 23rd

(Rain Date, Saturday, April 30th). 

We recommend that people wear masks and social distance for all in-person workshops. Bring a lawn chair for seating. 


Saturday, April 23rd


9:00 am Workshops


Earth Day Tree Planting

9:00 am and 10:30 am, Saturday, April 23rd, Carleton Arboretum, Northfield, MN
Nancy Braker, Carleton College

The Carleton College Arboretum will host an Earth Day Tree Planting event as part of the Northfield Earth Day celebrations on April 23, 2022. Help us restore the forest of the Arboretum by planting young trees. Space for this event will be limited and we ask that you sign up ahead of time; please sign up only if you are sure you can come, or if your plans change later, make sure to let us know so we can offer your spot to someone else. Two work shifts of 90 minutes each will be offered, starting at 9:00 or 10:30.
We will collect your email when you sign up and send you directions to the meeting location and a reminder about the event.

The sign-up form will be active starting April 10.
Sign up for the 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. shift
Sign up for the 10:30 a.m. to noon shift

Please plan to wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and socks, and bring your own drinking water. We will provide all needed tools and work gloves. Questions about the event? Contact Arboretum Director Nancy Braker at nbraker@Carleton.edu.


Family Wellness Wake Up Yoga  with Mother Earth

9:00am , Saturday April 23rd, Bridge Square, Northfield, MN

No Registration Required.

Bring your family and meet at Bridge Square and bring your own yoga pad for an amazing outdoor Yoga session with Deb Peters
No yoga experience necessary.


Compost out of wool: What it is, Why it’s good for the soil, and How to use it

9:00 am, Saturday, April 23, Hot Spot Music, 801 Division St, Northfield

No Registration Required.

Theresa Bentz from Get Bentz Farm and Wool Mill and part of the Three Rivers Fibershed

Bring a pot and learn how to use waste wool as a natural fertilizer and addition to your soil health.  We will discuss what nutrients wool adds to soil health as it decomposes while we add it to our pots and plant a seed.  We will talk briefly about the American wool industry, learn about what is considered “waste wool” and see fiber examples from all the major sheep breed families.  If you struggle with watering your plants, or have slugs that eat your plants, or just want to learn about an alternative to other mulching materials, this class is for you!


Bees Wax Candle Making

9am-11am Saturday April 23rd , Hot Spot Music, 801 Division Street South, Northfield, MN

Nancy Dennis

No Registration Required. 

Join us for this family fun reskilling workshop where we make beeswax taper candles.Children need to be accompanied by an adult because of hot wax.


Fiber Space

9 am-12 noon, April 23th, Hot Spot, 801 Division Street S., Northfield, MN

No Registration Needed

We will have tours of the Fiber Space. 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.


10:00 am Workshops


Water Conservation 101

10:00 am, Saturday April 23, First United Church of Christ Church Parking Lot, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN

Kevin Strauss, Clean River Partners (CRP)

To Register, Click Here

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.


Climate Change, Carbon Pricing & Environmental Justice

10:00 am, Saturday, April 23rd, Front Door Steps at First United Church  300 Union Street, Northfield, MN

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

To Register, Click Here

Citizens’ Climate Lobby presenters will talk about the importance of carbon pricing to reduce carbon emissions.  When accompanied by “carbon cash back,” it demonstrates a deep concern for environmental justice.  It is superior to “cap and trade” strategies.  Learn more about us at at https://citizensclimatelobby.org/chapters/MN_Northfield/

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is made up of 190,000+  unpaid volunteer lobbyists.   CCL sees putting a price on carbon price to deal with our changing climate.
Bring a lawn chair for seating.


Earth Day Indigo

10:00 am- 12 pm, Saturday April 23, First United Church of Christ  Lawn, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN

  Katie Seaburg, Maggie and Nan Miller

Registration not required

Come Join us on the lawn of First UCC to dye with indigo. Please bring one white item (cotton, silk, linen or wool) per person, like a tee shirt, socks, dish towel and create beautiful patterns with natural indigo dye. We will have a handful of dish towels if you forget an item or do not have one.  Bring a lawn chair for seating.–


Hillcrest Village: How Northfield’s Community Action Center is leading the way with affordable, sustainable housing development

10:00 am, Saturday, April 23, Assembly Room, First United Church of Christ Church Parking Lot, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN

No Registration Required.

The Community Action Center (CAC) recognizes that climate change will disproportionately affect the same low-income families our organization aims to support. Gaining recognition for it’s innovative process and design, CAC has brought together leaders from the construction and environmental community to design Hillcrest Village as a Zero Energy Ready project that addresses both homelessness and climate change in a shared community effort. It’s the right thing to do, it’s our responsibility, it reduces operating costs, it pays for itself, it’s affordable, and it aligns with CAC’s mission of a just community by bringing housing and environmental justice together.


What’s the Buzz?  Planting for People and Pollinators

10:00 am, Saturday, April 23, Hot Spot Music 801 Division St, Northfield, MN

LuAnn Raadt

To Register, Click Here

It’s time to plant! This year add to your pots and landscaping some easily grown medicinal plants that are also wonderful sources of food for our native pollinators. Our population of pollinating insects is rapidly declining for a variety of reasons. Become part of the solution by including pollinator friendly plants in 2022. Your garden can be not only medicinal, but also bee-utiful!



10:30 am Workshops


River-Friendly, Low Maintenance Lawn Care

10:30 am, Saturday April 23, First United Church of Christ Church Parking Lot, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN

Kevin Strauss, Clean River Partners (CRP)

To Register, Click Here

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.


Curbside Composting

10:30 am, Saturday, April 23, Dundas Dome, 901 Cannon Road, Dundas, MN

This event takes place at the Northfield Home and Garden Show

No Registration Required.

Join Northfield Curbside Compost at the Home and Garden Show (The Dundas Dome) for a workshop on composting! Learn about the science and methods of composting, why this matters for the climate and local ecosystems, and what the options are for composting in Northfield.


Earth Day Tree Planting

9:00 am and 10:30 am, Saturday, April 23rd, Carleton Arboretum, Northfield, MN
Nancy Braker, Carleton College

See 9:00 am listing for this event


11:00 am Workshops


How To Support Clean Water Farming Practices

11:00 am, Saturday April 23, First United Church of Christ Church Parking Lot, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN

Alan Kraus, Clean River Partners CRP

To Register, Click Here

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.


Catch a train for Northfield


11:00 am, Saturday, April 23,
Assembly Room, First United Church of Christ Church Parking Lot, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN

Suzie Nakasian, Northfield City Council Member

No registration required

Come learn About the grassroots campaign to restore regional passenger rail service connecting Northfield to Saint Paul and Minneapolis AND points south  to Kansas City and Texas existing rail line through northfield!


The Much Maligned Dandelion

11:00 am, Hot Spot Music,
801 Division Street South, Northfield, MN

LuAnn Raadt

To Register, Click Here

 So much energy and money are spent trying to get rid of dandelions. How different that is from what was intended by the European settlers who brought this flower to America in the 1600s – they cultivated dandelions for food and medicine. Not only are dandelions one of the most nutritionally dense greens you can eat, there is also an impressive history of use for supporting and improving health.  Warning: Attending this class may make you want to go home and plant dandelions in your garden!