Transition North Twin Cities

This is a group for people who live in the Northern suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul, primarily Coon Rapids, Blaine, Brooklyn Park, Shoreview, Andover, Anoka, Ramsey, East Bethel, Fridley, New Brighton, Stillwater, Minneapolis, and St. Paul. Most of our gatherings are held in Coon Rapids or Blaine and typically from 5 to 15 people will attend a gathering. Everyone is welcome!

Our group is in the “mulling” stage, trying to figure out if we want to become a formal Transition initiative. We try to follow the Transition model and find the concepts of peak oil and climate change big motivators in driving us to change the way we live.

We have been meeting since the fall of 2013 and have grown to about 40 people. We typically meet every other Monday evening in homes, local coffee shops, parks and various community meeting places.

Group members come together to share ideas and support each other in transitioning to simpler. more conscious ways of living in community with our neighbors and our ecosystem. Activities include:

  • Watching movies
  • Sharing gardening knowledge and the bounty of our gardens
  • Learning to forage 
  • Helping each other implement permaculture practices in our yards and gardens
  • Sharing resources
  • Sharing ideas and talking about climate change and peak oil

Because of the large area our members come from, we tend to focus more on connecting with the people that come to our gatherings than we do on connecting with institutions in our communities.

The best way to find out when and where we will meet next is to join our email list. Send a request to Tom Jablonski. We also have a Facebook page (see sidebar) and a blog at: (see the most recent three posts below). And for those without regular access to the internet, feel free to give Tom a call at 763-807-3698 and he will be glad to give you telephone updates.

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  • Wednesday February 8th 2017 Transition TC Gathering February 6, 2017
    We will be meeting Wednesday evening February 8th, from around 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the new Blaine Cub Foods located at 10881 University Avenue NE, which is at the South-east corner of the intersection  of University Avenue and 109th Avenue in Blaine and Northdale Blvd in Coon Rapids.  I believe they have a conference […]
    Tom Jablonski
  • Tuesday January 10th Meeting January 6, 2017
    I reserved the meeting room at the Blaine Leeann Chin for this coming Tuesday January 10th. The address is 1450 109th Avenue NE, Blaine, MN adjacent to the Target at 109th Avenue and Highway 65. The meeting should last from around 6:30 to 8:30 p.m..I have some “business” type agenda topics I would like to […]
    Tom Jablonski
  • Wendell Berry – On The Failure of Industrialism. December 23, 2016
    An Excerpt From a the October 22nd, 2016 Annual E.F. Schumacher Lectures in Great Barrington, MA of a conversation between, Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, and Mary Berry.    Transcribed from the You Tube video available here:  From the 27:26 to 29:34 minute mark.I think what we’ve got to learn to say, and we’ve got to […]
    Tom Jablonski

Transition North Twin Cities

The group is not yet using a Google calendar. Please see their blog posts for updates on activities.

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Interesting chart on how much plants needed to feed one person through the growing season. Read the notes below the chart for more details. ...


With the instability in the world, and now in our own country, it is becoming more important for You to be able to grow at least part of what You and Your Family eat on a yearly basis. Also big factors are the many chemicals and pesticides used on vegetables and fruits in the grocery stores, and the rising food prices we are all seeing. Many Families, like yours, are now growing their own Home Gardens--much like our Grandparents and Great Grandparents did with their Victory Gardens years ago. They grew their own Food, Saved their Seed, and were very Self-Sufficient.

The chart below gives you a good idea of how much of each Seed variety or plant you will need to grow per person, based on picking and eating them fresh. If you plan on Canning or freezing your Veggies to get thru the year, you will need to plant more. I would suggest you multiply the amount listed by 3 - 4.

Seeds or plants per 100-ft. row is the recommended amount or number to use for proper spacing and growth. Estimated yield per 100-ft. row is based on optimum growth, so it could be different from Family to Family. If you don't plant in 100-ft rows, then you can divide the amounts down to the size you do plant. So if you have a 5' x 4' raised bed ( 20 sq ft ), you would just divide the 100' results by 5 .


1) Start Off with fresh viable Heirloom Seeds
2) Use a good Compost/Soil mixture
3) Maintain Fertility
4) Provide enough water
4) Use Mulch
5) Control Pests ( insects, and the furry types) Companion Plants are a good way to control and deter pests, while staying Organic.

Good Healthy HEIRLOOM SEEDS will make all the difference when you need that Big Yield at harvest time. At THE SEED GUY, we have a great Homesteaders/Preparedness Seed package that has 63 Heirloom Seed Varieties, 38,000 total Seeds, all Non GMO and Priced at $59

You get 48 Veggie varieties, 7 Herb varieties, and then an 8 Organic Grain Pkg as a Bonus. You would definitely be able to Feed Your Family with this Seed package, and you can store the Seeds you don't use right away in the 10 x 14 silver mylar bag we provide. All Heirloom Seeds are Small Farm-Grown, we hand count and package to make sure you get no cracked or broken seeds, and they are fresh from the 2017 Spring harvest.

You can see Seed varieties and Order this Seed package on our website at

You can call us 7 days a week to ask questions or to place an order at 918-352-8800, and I Promise you will always be able to talk to a Live Person.

Click LIKE at the top of our Facebook page, and you will be able to see more of our great Gardening Articles, New Seed Offerings, and Healthy Juice Recipes. Thank you and God Bless You and Your Family.

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