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Saint Cloud: Green and Sustainable Living Resources

Do It Green! Minnesota

Saint Cloud, Minnesota is a medium sized city with a growing economy, an abundance of parks, and a state university. The city has a population of approximately 67,000 people and resides 70 miles from Minneapolis-just a quick trip on Highway 94. Its location in Minnesota puts it in close proximity to many farms and thus local food sources, and the booming university is expanding environmental activism on campus.

 

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

Environmental and Technological Studies Student Club

Contact Person: Damian Olson

Email: olda0402@stcloudstate.edu

The Environmental and Technological Studies Student Club is a group available for students at Saint Cloud University to join and get involved in.

Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society

munsingerclemens.com

Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society provides educational and social benefits for its members and the public. The 14-acre Munsinger gardens wase created in the 1930s. The Clemens Garden was developed primarily in the 1990s and is a collection of six different gardens: Virginia Clemens Rose Garden, Rest Area Garden, Formal Garden, White Garden, Perennial Garden, and the Treillage Garden.

Students for a Sustainable America Club

Contact Person: Jocelyn Walsh

Email: wajo0503@stcloudstate.edu

The Students for a Sustainable America Club is a group available for students at Saint Cloud University to join and get involved in.

EVENTS

Granite Country USA- Saint Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Saint Cloud, MN,

800-264-2940

granitecountry.com

For more information on events and resources in the area, visit the Granite County USA website. You can also order the visitors guide on the webpage.

FOOD

Anton’s Restaurant

Waite Park, MN

320-253-3611

antonsrestaurant.com

Anton’s, which has been family owned and operated since 1973 and offers a variety of delicious food and fixings.

Augusta Creek Orchard

Saint Cloud, MN

320-252-4315

Augusta Creek Orchard offers jams, jellies, apples, a pumpkin patch and a wooded nature trail. They are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from September through October, but they are closed on Mondays.

Collegeville Orchards

Saint Joseph, MN

320-356-7609

Located two miles west of St. John’s University in scenic Collegeville, the Collegeville Orchards are a perfect place for apple and pumpkin picking, as well as a nice stop for honey, decorative corn, maple syrup, jams and jellies.

Dancing Bears Company

Saint Joseph, MN

320-363-7723

dancingbearscompany.com

Jim and Mary Degiovanni operate Dancing Bears Company, a certified-organic small farm near the College of St. Benedict, St. John’s University, and the Lake Wobegon Trail. They grow fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs that are for sale at the farm and at the Saint Joseph’s Farmer’s Market. They also operate a Bed & Breakfast and bake artisan bread in an outdoor wood-fired brick oven, and raise free-range chicken and Icelandic sheep.

Good Earth Food Co-op

Saint Cloud, MN

320-253-9290, goodearthcoop.com

The Good Earth Co-op is a full service natural food market and self-serve deli.

Inez Naturway Foods

Saint Cloud, MN

320-259-0514

Inez Naturway Foods carries health and organic foods and supplements.

Ploughshare Farm- Gary and Jennifer Brever

Parkers Prairie, MN

(218) 267-5117, ploughsharefarm.com

Ploughshare Farm is a community shared agriculture (CSA), certified organic farm that grows a variety of vegetables and some fruits. They have weekly deliveries to CSA members from mid-June to mid-October in many cities, including Saint Cloud.

Produce Acres

Cold Spring, MN

320-685-3257, produceacres.com

Produce Acres is a family-owned farm that grows a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the year.

Saint Joseph Farmer’s Market

320-363-2106 or 320-363-7861

localfoods.umn.edu/stjosephfarmers

Open Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Saint Cloud Area Farmer’s Market

320-492-1972

Contact: Jill Johnson

localharvest.org/farmers-markets/M2605

Open from mid-May to mid-October on Saturdays from 8 am to noon in the Bremer Bank Parking Lot, and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Abbott NW Care Center.

Sauk Rapids Farmer’s Market

Sauk Rapids, MN

320-230-3059

Contact: Marilyn Patterson

saukrapidsfarmersmarket.org

Open Thursdays from 3:00-6:30 p.m. at Living Waters Lutheran Church.

Sleepy Hollow Farms

Saint Augusta, MN

320-251-5112

localharvest.org/farms/M6238

Sleepy Hollow Farms has a variety of family-fun options for the fall including pick-your-own pumpkins, squash, gourds, and decorative corn.

Walz Family Pastures

Saint Cloud, MN

Contact: Helen and Paul Walz

320- 202-0466

localharvest.org/farms/m23330

Naturally grown, grass-fed chickens, turkeys, and occasionally beef and pork are available at the Walz Family Pastures.

MAPS

Green Routes

Minneapolis, MN

866-378-0587, greenroutes.org

Green Routes maps will help you discover small, unique businesses that are rooted in their communities throughout Minnesota; places to eat where the food is not only fresh from a family farm, but where you might bump into the farmers who grew it; places to have fun while helping to ensure that our natural and cultural resources will be around for many generations to come. Green Routes gives you a way to incorporate your values into your travels.

TRANSPORTATION

Granite Country USA- Saint Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Saint Cloud, MN,

320-251-4170

granitecountry.com/transportation.php

This website provides links to a variety of travel options including the air travel, Amtrak, car rental, Greyhound, and the metro bus.

*NOTE: The organizations and businesses on this page were chosen by the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Do It Green! Minnesota.

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