The Armatage Green Team’s mission is to nurture a just, climate-resilient future for the Armatage community through accessible action, education, and advocacy opportunities.
Meetings & E-List
The Armatage Green Team typically meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00pm and the location varies between members’ homes.
Register for the Green Team’s e-list so you get each month’s meeting info, volunteer opportunities and environmental programs around the neighborhood at bit.ly/ANAmtgs
Upcoming Events & Programs
The Green Team was awarded TWO grants to expand neighborhood pollinator habitat! HUGE thanks to the State of MN’s Lawns to Legumes program for a nearly $25,000 grant and to the Minneapolis People for Parks Foundation for $4,500 specifically for the Washburn Tot Lot Pollinator Garden, which will be installed in 2023! Click below to learn more.
Green Team Accomplishments
Rain & Native Garden Program
The ANA sponsored a low-cost Rain & Native Garden Program from 2018–2022. Learn more and see photos at https://armatage.org/programs/rain-gardens/
The Green Team organizes annual Neighborhood-Clean-ups where teams of volunteers cover our parks, school grounds, and boulevards to gather recycling and trash for collection.
The Green Team held TWO Reading Circles over the past couple years that were filled with inspiring readings and conversation. The first read All We Can Save – Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis in 2021. The second read The Overstory in 2022.
Soil Health & Regenerative Agriculture Series
In 2022, we hosted a virtual community screening of Kiss the Ground and an informative panel on soil health and regenerative agriculture happening around Minneapolis and statewide. Learn more and view the recording at armatage.org/soilhealth/
The Green Team held a Let’s Talk About Plastic series in January 2021. The series offering free community screening of The Story of Plastic film, a post-screening community conversation, and a free workshop on The Problem with Plastic & Practical Solutions with speakers from the City of Minneapolis, Eureka Recycling and Tare Market. Click here for a recording of the workshop.
Organics Recycling Workshops
The Green Team hosted in-person and virtual Organics Recycling workshops that covered examples, tips, tricks, and ideas for home set-ups to help make organics recycling a breeze.
We hosted a Solar Workshop held in March 2021 with the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society. Recording available at https://armatage.org/solar-workshop/
The Green Team hosted a multi-organizational Donation Drive (pictured above) where residents dropped off reusable items and we sorted and delivered them to twelve different local organizations. Held in April 2019, the event collected 117 boxes/bags of items!
Letter in Opposition to the Hiawatha Expansion Project in support of the proposed East Phillips Urban Farm. Approved by the ANA on April 26, 2021.
Green Garden Tour
In 2019, the Green Team organized an Armatage Green Garden Tour where neighbors could stop and visit rain gardens, native gardens, backyard composting stations and more during the neighborhood garage sale.
Adopt-A-Drain: Help Protect Our Lakes, Creeks and the Mississippi River!
When it rains, stormwater carries grass clippings, leaves, cigarette butts, pesticides, fertilizers, antifreeze, paint, gasoline, motor oil, and animal waste directly into Minneapolis lakes, creeks and the Mississippi River. Armatage residents and businesses can help keep our waters clean by adopting storm drains in their neighborhood and committing to cleaning them regularly.
The Metro Area has launched a new version of the Adopt-A-Drain program for residents who want to help keep our waters clean and clear. This new program will make the adopting process easier and quicker. You will be able to adopt or un-adopt storm drains instantly and you will have the option to name your adopted storm drains. You will still find news and tips at the Minneapolis Adopt-A-Drain website, where you can will find a link to the new metro-wide program: https://adopt-a-drain.org/
You will need to sign up on the new website and by creating a user profile and password, you will be able to access the new self-service features. Email AdoptADrain@Minneapolismn.gov if you have issues or questions.