June's best green, eco-friendly, and local events

Sometimes it's hard to put your best green foot forward without being in the know. Here's a quick list of some great Twin Cities events that will keep your month's eating, growing, and dating(!) sustainable and eco-tastic. 

Early in the month, it's all about education, mid-month you can dig into some farming, and as June winds down, some great new green markets will be opening. And yes, for the eco-conscious and lovelorn, we've tracked down an event that combines singles, a romantic evening, and getting dirty.

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Get educated early in the month:

Toxic Taters Talk - The largest potato grower in the world, RDO, has farms in Minnesota that provide a whole lot of taters to McDonald's. Unfortunately, the way that these potatoes are cultivated has upset many people who live nearby. The Toxic Taters Coalition is traveling around the state drumming up support for their campaign to ask McDonald's to have higher sustatinability standards for their growers. June 4, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Walker Church, 3104 16th Ave. S., Minneapolis

GrazeFest - Learn about sustainable livestock production, collect recipes for grass-fed meat, and even get a sample or two at the Mill City Farmers Market as it hosts this Sustainable Farming Association project within the regular market. June 7, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Mill City Farmers Market/Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis

Books and Bees - Get your copy of Keeping the Bees signed by author and melittologist Laurence Packer and hear his rollicking tales of tracking bees as well as his concern over the disappearing bee population. He's got suggestions about how to keep them here and is supported by the event's hosts and local apiary activists, the Beez Kneez. After the talk, Dr. Marla Spivak from the U of MN Bee Squad has a special local announcement to make. June 7, 7 p.m., The Beez Kneez Honey House, 2204 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis

Get your farming on mid-month:

Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply Class - Live in a small space but still want to grow your own food? Check out the Square Foot and Vertical Gardening Class offered by St. Paul's favorite city homesteading store. Joan James from A Backyard Farm will be on hand to explain raised beds and vertical gardening, two techniques that turn small spaces into abundant plots. Registration and a $20 fee are required. June 7, 1 - 3 p.m. Egg|Plant, 1771 Selby Ave., St. Paul

Farm Dreams - Fantasizing about escaping the rat race and starting your own sustainable farm? The Land Stewardship Project's four-hour workshop will give you the skinny on what it takes to make that dream a reality. June 22, 1 - 5 p.m. Gale Woods Farm, 7210 County Rd. 110 W., Minnestrista

Shop the new eco-friendly markets:

Nokomis Farmers Market - The team that created the Kingfield and Fulton markets debuts this mid-week evening market in late June. Nestled in a church parking lot at 52nd and Chicago, it features many of its sister venues' popular growers and vendors. June 25, 4 - 8 p.m. First Evangelical Free Church, 5150 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis

Lakewinds Food Co-op in Richfield - The last weekend of the month brings the south suburbs a new shopping alternative with the opening of the organization's third store, which will have a Peace Coffee bar, Kombucha on tap from Verdant Tea, raw juice, a butchery with local, grass-fed meats, and many other fun features. Opening weekend promises bites of house-made and locally created products including items from Lucia Watson's new line of packaged foods. June 28-29, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. 6420 Lyndale Ave. S., Richfield

Green Dating, anyone?

Weed Dating at Sandbox Farm - If you are sustainable and ready to mingle, this is your jam. Here's a chance to meet a bunch of like-minded folks while you weed rows of crops on a lovely summer evening. As the Eventbrite says, "Come dressed to get dirty!" June 16, 6 - 8 p.m. Sandbox Farm, 16501 Buchanan St. NE, Ham Lake

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