WORKING FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CHANGE THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL, RACIAL, AND FOOD JUSTICE
In these highly challenging times, the Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI) invites you to become an active investor in WEI’s environmental, farming and food justice mission through Give to the Max. You can donate right now, up until midnight on Thursday, Nov. 19th. We appreciate your support!
Please join WEI as we work to help change consciousness and public policy through WEI’s environmental, racial, and food justice programs--serving both urban communities in the Twin Cities and greater MN communities in East Central MN. Bridging the “urban/rural divide” is one of WEI’s strongest and most important contributions to the justice movement.
OVERVIEW of 2020
• In 2020 WEI continued to grow organically certified food and new farmers. We welcomed more students at our--“Down to Earth: Sustainability and Justice Education Program" --plus stronger and more sustainable local rural and urban connections and programming.
• WEI offered more than 30 courses and trainings with over 315 student enrollments. In 2020 WEI offered three certificate classes, meeting once a month over the year in beekeeping, aquaponics, and herb farming.
• In 2020, WEI continued supporting other sustainable and organic farms through the development of the North Circle Online Farmers Market, which aggregates and distributes food from 12+ local organic and sustainable farms (including Amador Hill Farm). North Circle
• 2020 saw the growth and continued success of the “Veggie RX” program, where North Circle farmers provide a box of fresh, healthy, locally grown organic food to medical clinics in North Branch, Pine City, and Rush City for distribution to patients.
• In 2020 WEI will hold our 11th annual Will Allen Farmer Training virtually at no cost to participants.
• In 2020, WEI continued to work with East Phillips neighbors fighting for a community-led, state-funded initiative to create an indoor urban farm, affordable housing, cultural markets, aquaponics, and other community-based incubator businesses with green jobs and job-training in the former Roof Depot warehouse site. East Phillips Neighborhood Institute (EPNI) presented a clear challenge based on environmental racism to the City of Minneapolis’ plan to relocate their Public Works plant there and increase dangerous levels of pollution and toxicity in the already heavily burdened neighborhood.
WEI MOVING INTO 2021
• In 2021 WEI will continue to develop our education program with post-secondary institutions to provide college and university students with an alternative learning experience to add to their studies.
• In 2021 WEI’s farm and orchard will continue to operate as an organically certified demo farm, a teaching campus, a visitor learning site, and as a Community Partner Farm for schools, visiting groups, and other community and youth groups.
• In 2021 we expect to celebrate a grand-opening of WEI’s ‘“Eco Retreat Farm Stayover and Meeting Center” which will offer a unique and alternative space for a CSR (Community Supported Rentals) program and quiet get-aways for rest and environmental education, local touring, and community organizing.
•In 2021 WEI will continue to support and partner with East Phillips Neighborhood Institute’s environmental justice initiatives at the Roof Depot site and South Side Green Zone.
• In 2021, WEI will continue to grow the scholarship fund for our classes and seek out a van to help us bring students from the city to our classes at the Institute and farm.