April 2017 St. Louis Park Magazine

In the April issue find out how local artisans are using their hands to affect change in the community.

Much of St. Louis Park’s early history has to do with its so-called “dirty industry”: lead, lithium, sand and gravel, and, of course, creosote. But counteracting all these foul-smelling places was an amazing number of nurseries.

 

Earth Day is coming up this month and it has us thinking about how to incorporate sustainable practices into all aspects of our lives, whether it’s recycling or going out to eat. We spoke with two St.

 

The Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop has been a spring ritual for yarn lovers for over a decade. Again in 2017, knitting and crochet enthusiasts will travel to yarn stores across the metro, collecting unique yarns and patterns and raising funds to support area food shelves.

 

From beer brewers to violin bow makers, St. Louis Park’s unique hub of craftspeople participate in trades that fall on a spectrum from hobbies to life-changing careers. These artisans often have uncommon advice to share with the community about their specific skills.

 

Ruby Stillman, a St. Louis Park High School freshman, looks forward to Sundays.

 

What wasn’t so commercial was a day in Xalapa, Veracruz, when a group of farmers gathered to connect on a spiritual level with their corn harvest. They were observing an indigenous Huichol tradition, shamanistic rather than capitalistic. Curtis Wilson, who this year takes over St.

 

Wayne McChesney says there are few things that still surprise him about landscaping; after over three decades in the business, he has pretty much seen it all.

 

Kids dressed up as goats, trolls and Michael Jackson pack the risers in the Peter Hobart Elementary School gym, most of them distracted by the audience of parents, smartphones held high, seated a few yards away in metal folding chairs.

 

With spring right around the corner, your green thumb may be starting to itch. But Minnesota’s growing season is short, and April’s wide-ranging temperatures can make it a particularly fickle month for gardening. Have you considered starting seeds indoors?

 

As spring (finally) makes its way to Minnesota, more and more people start paying attention to the appearance of their lawns, dragging out lawnmowers and shears that have idled in the garage all winter. But when it comes to fertilizing, don’t get too carried away. The City of St.

 

Whether you’re new to the job market or re-entering after several years away, chances are that your résumé could use some updating. If you’re looking for a second pair of eyes, you’re in luck—the St.

 

Can gardening be any greener? Find out with Alice Bowe’s book, a resource about green gardening practices. Bowe offers ideas for gardening sustainably—from simple tips to intensive makeovers, including alternatives to power tools, information on rain harvesting and more.

 

Cardiff D. Hall’s life changed without warning. One day, he went to work as usual in the morning, but by afternoon he no longer had a job. “That’s an event I didn’t plan for, didn’t know it was coming,” he remembers.