Twin Cities Metro Growers Network

What's a Growers Network?

A Networking Group of the Sustainable Farming Association, the Twin Cities Metro Growers Network aims to connect anyone who grows produce seriously and seeks education, networking and fellowship. Whether you grow for market, personal or community use, or to rediscover indigenous and ethnic roots, if you want to network with like-minded people in the metro, this group is for you.

The Twin Cities Metro Growers Network is a collaboration between SFA and the University of Minnesota Extension.

Info: Lia Spaniolo, University of Minnesota Extension,

Learn about Lia here.

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Upcoming Events

Twin Cities Metro Growers Network Spring Social

Tuesday, April 30, 2024  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

If you'd like to take a tour of the brewery, please let us know in your registration and arrive at 5:00 p.m.!

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative
B-Side Lounge
1712 Marshall St. NE Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55413


Calling all growers in the Twin Cities Metro area!

Celebrate spring and connect with fellow farmers, gardeners, and aspiring growers with the Twin Cities Metro Growers Network. Meet us in the B-Side Lounge to:

  • Discuss your plans for the growing season
  • Share successes from last year
  • Help each other address challenges and questions
  • Return to your farm/garden with renewed inspiration, encouragement, and new connections with peers!

The event will include some structured group conversation and ample open social time. Grab your drink of choice and enjoy!

The Network will provide light appetizers.

Food and drinks are available for purchase at the Brewery, including the Curious Coffee Bar (open until 6 PM) and Unidos Food Co.

Registration: It is free to attend. Advance registration is appreciated for planning purposes. Walkups welcome.

Past Events

Maple Syruping Workshop

Monday, March 11,

Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Whether you’re looking to get started or home in on syruping skills, this workshop is a great learning tool for small-scale enthusiasts. Extension Educator Lia Spaniolo will lead participants through the tapping and syrup-making process with presentations and hands-on activities.

Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the history of maple syrup, laws and regulations, and techniques and equipment for extracting and processing sap for sustainability.

Guest Speaker: Shannon Stewart runs a small maple syruping operation, tapping 5-6 trees from her and neighboring yards (with neighbors’ permission!). Last year, she got about 4 gallons of syrup which she gives to neighbors, friends and even a little leftover to sell.

Two great educational videos from UM Extension Horticulturist Natalie Hoidal:

Soil Health On A Small Scale: Cover Crops for Gardeners
Testing for lead in a garden:

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