Mt. Iron Community Center
Exhibitors, silent auction, Community Sustainability contest, lunch by Natural Harvest
• Unwanted Electronics: An electronics recycling company based out of Hibbing.
• Friends of Virginia: Services and resources to build a better community and a better future.
• Madison Products: Madison Products, Inc. has been selling and installing energy efficient windows since 1983.
• Real Solar-RREAL: Making solar power accessible to everyone!
• Northern St. Louis Environmental Services: Promoting recycling and composting; informing community members about our landfill and what we can do to reduce the amount of trash we generate.
• Northern St. Louis Habitat for Humanity: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
• Koochiching Economic Development Authority Small Business Development: Informational booth providing information to people wanting to start their own business or small business owners who need assistance with their business.
• Citizen’s Climate Lobby: Builds constructive working relationships with members of Congress to seek passage of carbon fee and dividend, a climate change solution that bridges the partisan divide.
• Citizens for Civic Engagement: Register to vote
• Natural Harvest Food Co-op: Natural Harvest is a community-owned grocery store that focuses on sustainability while providing many organic and local products.
• Minnesotans for Pipeline Cleanup: Landowners and citizens concerned about the abandonment of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline.
• Northeast RSDP U of M Extension: The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connects Greater Minnesota communities to the University of Minnesota to support local sustainability projects and opportunities. RSDP brings together community ideas and expertise with University of Minnesota knowledge and resources to drive sustainability in four areas: sustainable agriculture/food systems, sustainable tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.
• Cook Area Farmers Market: A gathering of local farmers and crafters offering their goods to guests and residents of the Cook area.
• Minnesota Farmers Union: Standing for Agriculture, Fighting for Farmers
• Minnesota Power: Learn how to save energy and money in your home and at your business.
• 1854 Treaty Authority, Outreach on manoomin: A regional natural resource of ecological and cultural importance.
• The Rutabaga Project: Aims to get more nutritious and local food to everyone in the city of Virginia and beyond.
• AEOA Housing Authority: Informational brochures/pamphlets/applications/ pictures.
• North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District: The SWCD provides assistance to landowners interested in conservation/forest stewardship. Orders will be taken for tree stock to be picked up in mid-May. Vote for winners of grade 4-6 poster contest.
• Northeast Service Cooperative: Sharing garden ideas; stop by their booth for free lettuce seeds.
• Friends of the Olcott Park Greenhouse: This group runs and supports the greenhouse owned by the city of Virginia.
• Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability: The IRPS facilitates collaboration towards a sustainable and thriving Iron Range.
• Hometown Focus: Community newspaper—Grow Community With Us. Sharing candy, vegetable seeds and information about the Discover MN Community Calendar, and more.
Messiah Lutheran Church
Marketplace and vendors
• Fat Chicken Farm: Community supported agriculture (CSA) shares available from their organic vegetable farm, as well as a variety of jams, eggs, beeswax candles and other natural items.
• Gilley’s Naturals: Natural body care products, essential oils, natural pain relief products.
• Karl’s Bread: Artisan and ethnic breads, rolls, bagels and biscotti.
• Floodwood River Farm: A small family-owned business south of Hibbing offering canned goods: a variety of pickles, salsa, hot peppers, jam, along with vinegar, maple syrup, pine tar soap and sewn/knitted items. All of our items are produced from their own gardens/woods. Bar Bell Bee Ranch will have local raw and processed honey and bees wax. Information about the Hibbing Farmers Market will also be available.
• 2 Maple Farm: Microfarm and market gardens in Iron growing year-round microgreens and other seasonal produce.
• Minnesota Clean: Homemade laundry soap and homemade bar soap.
• Spirit Photography and Sculpture: Specializing in hand-built, one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces.
• Cook’s Country Connection. In their traveling farm store, they offer homemade canned goods and upcycled jewelry and garden art. Stop by their booth to enter for free admission to the petting zoo.
• Messiah Church Gardens: Coffee and fresh veggies, cookies/bars and fruit.
• Chelsea Morning Farm: Primarily 100 percent pure Minnesota maple syrup; additional items may include farm products of honey, soap and maple caramels, along with information for upcoming vegetable transplant availability and CSA farm shares.
• Nature’s Treasures: Rocks, mineral specimens, handcrafted jewelry made from semi-precious stones and woodburned projects.
• Messiah Camp Team: Messiah Lutheran Church’s camp team helps raise funds for children and families to attend camp at either Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry site in Grand Rapids or Cook. They will have an exhibit explaining what camp is, a schedule for each camp and information on activities enjoyed at camp. They are also selling cookbooks created to raise funds to help send kids to camp. Cookbook cost is $10.
• Owl Forest Farm: Produce delivered weekly to drop sites across the Iron Range. Cut flowers by-the-bucket.
• Majestic Muse Farm: Goat milk soap, lotion and a variety of home-crafted natural products.
• Augustyn Artworks: Specializes in handmade pottery—mugs, bowls, plates, casseroles, platters and pendants.
• Kuderle Farm: Homemade jams, jellies, pickles, syrups, salsas, teas and spices.
• Emma’s Roots: Sewn tote bags, messenger bags, kids’ bags, aprons for children and adults, table runners and more.
• Mistee Made: Natural, non-toxic soap.
• Yumbiance: Homemade baked goods—specialty breads, scones, sweet rolls, cupcakes and more.
Merritt Elementary School
Features family/kids’ activities, Green Innovators Expo
• Mesabi Humane Society: Shelter animals
• Vermilion Community College: Vermilion’s Environmental Interpretation/Education class will present a MinnAqua-related educational activity.
• Cherry Greenhouse: Flowers, vegetable plants, perennials, seeds, fruit trees and more. They will be offering youth-oriented games/activities involving edibles and giving prizes.
• Laurentian Environmental Center: Inspire learners’ awareness of their natural environment and respect for others through a unique outdoor educational experience.
• Listening Point Foundation: Advancing Sigurd Olson’s legacy of wilderness education. They will be selling educational books and related materials.
• Bois Forte Heritage Center: Bois Forte Nett Lake wild rice/birch bark display.
• Forest Service: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act 40th anniversary; spin-the-wheel game.
• Mesabi East gardening class: Multigenerational gardening with pollination emphasis. Kids can plant a lemon queen sunflower to take home.
• CERTS: Efficiency and renewables information; free Minnesota Energy Resources water saving kits.
• Northern Minnesota Subsection of SME: Cookie mining.
• The Nutty Minnesotan: Fresh roasted nuts in a variety of flavors.
• Birch Botanicals: Birch Botanicals is a Virginia-based company with hand-crafted, organic skincare products and herbal remedies. They use the highest quality herbs and essential oils.
• Science Museum of Northeast Minnesota: Educating and gathering interest from the public on the idea of creating a science museum in northeastern Minnesota.
• Pike River Creations: Birch bark stars and baskets, hand-spun wool socks and scarves, barn wood birdhouses.
• Young Living Oils: Promoting toxic free products to support a healthy lifestyle.
• Boreal Natives: Install and manage native landscapes. Retail sale of local ecotype seeds and plants.
• Marvelous Melissa: Eco-friendly cat toys made from recycled wool socks and sweaters and felted wool slippers and mittens for babies, kids and adults.
• Carol Bowman Photography: Nature/ wildlife, books about a baby loon, prints, cards, puzzles, sun-catchers, bookmarks, calendars and bottle openers.
• Arrowhead Library System: The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) Bookmobile has a regularly scheduled route serving over 60 different locations throughout northeastern Minnesota providing access to books, books-on-CD, music CDs, DVDs and video games.
• Volunteers in Education: VinE pairs trained tutors with local students needing additional support.
• Ely Field Naturalists: A volunteer group interested in exploring, studying and sharing the physical and natural areas of northeastern Minnesota. Members have varied backgrounds, but pursue learning, teaching and representing within their interests in our biome.
• Ely Folk School: The Ely Folk School’s mission is to provide classes focusing on traditional arts and crafts, giving students an opportunity to learn new/old skills and have fun meeting others with similar interests. They will have items available for purchase made by some of their instructors exemplifying the kinds of crafts made in their classes.
Menart Forge: Forged metal workmen art.
NOTE: All speakers and demonstrations take place at Northeast Service Cooperative.