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Teaching and Learning

Engebretson awarded NSF Grant for magnetospheric and ionospheric research

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Mark Engebretson, Professor Emeritus of Physics, has received a three year grant totaling $512,043 from the National Science Foundation to continue operation of the Magnetometer Array for Cusp and Cleft Studies (MACCS) network as well as analyze and disseminate its data. MACCS is a longitudinal array of high latitude magnetometers, instruments used for measuring the earth’s magnetism, covering the Eastern Canadian Arctic. Each MACCS site transmits data in near-real time, providing critical data for studies of various geospace phenomena, including solar wind-magnetosphere and magnetosphere-ionosphere interactions, the dynamics of the high latitude polar cap regions of the magnetosphere, and geomagnetic storms and substorms.

Engebretson and his team (Jennifer Posch, Laura Simms, Slava Pilipenko, and Erik Steinmetz) will conduct detailed studies of high-latitude ultra-low frequency waves using both ground-based and satellite data during magnetic storms. They will also explore the physical mechanisms involved in the excitation and propagation of ultra-low frequency waves through the magnetosphere-ionosphere system.

Up to six undergraduate students will have the opportunity to conduct research alongside Engebretson.

***This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.1651263. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.***

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You Will Be Happy You Found the Writing Lab

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If you haven’t already visited the Writing Lab, it’s probably time to do so! Almost 300 Auggies have already used the WL this semester. Writing Lab tutors await all students, grad and undergrad, and their written work – essays, applications, personal statements, creative writing. The Lab is located on the street level of Lindell Library and is just left of the circulation desk. No appointments are taken.
Here are the hours:

Mondays – 11:10–1:40 p.m., and 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Tuesdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Wednesdays –11:10–1:40 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 6:30–9 p.m.
Thursdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Fridays – 4–6:30 p.m.
Sundays – 5–8 p.m.

Any questions? Contact Kathryn Swanson, English.

Free Pedagogical Tune-Up

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CTL invites you to work with one of seventeen faculty consultants that represent a wide variety of disciplines and pedagogical styles. The on-call consultants have been trained to offer confidential, non-judgmental assistance through a collaborative process and are available to assist you based on your goals and schedule. For more information, please visit to learn more about the program.

Faculty of Color, Indigenous Faculty and White Allies

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Augsburg faculty, you are invited to attend “Supporting and Thriving During Difficult Times” at the University of St. Thomas.

This event is intended to provide a time to connect, share, and build a conversation with other faculty about what we need, and how we can create restorative spaces for Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty.

FOR: Faculty of Color, Indigenous Faculty, and White allies from the twin cities

WHEN: Thursday October 26, 2017, 4:00 to 5:30

WHERE: McNeely 100, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus

WHAT: Comments by Dr. Yohuru Williams (Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of St. Thomas) followed by facilitated discussion and networking/happy hour

~Beverages and light snacks will be served~

To attend: Please RSVP to Ann Johnson:

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Pippert:

Gradebook Check-up

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Mid-term is soon upon us, and the E-Learning Team would like to help you confirm that your Moodle gradebook setup aligns with the grading plan described in your syllabus. This way students will have an accurate sense of their progress, and you can provide grades though Moodle with confidence.

If you would like help with this or any other Moodle questions, please contact your LFC: Christy; Nathan; Eric or the E-Learning Specialist: Bonnie, and we would be glad to assist you.

Represent Colombia at the 2018 National Model UN Conference

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Applications are now being accepted for delegates for the 2018 National Model UN Conference in New York City. Augsburg University will send a delegation of 16 students representing Colombia to this year’s conference, which will take place March 19 – 26th, 2018. Students interested in applying should visit the Augsburg Abroad page to apply and register. Students accepted into the program need to enroll in POL 368 (or a POL 499 independent study) and pay a $500 program fee, which covers travel, conference registration, and hotel costs for the week in New York. Questions can be directed to either or Enrollment limited to 16 students and priority deadline for applying is Nov. 15.

Model UN Registration Page

Speaking of Scholarship with Bill Green This Thursday

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Faculty and staff are invited to this next installment in the “Speaking of Scholarship” series featuring Professor Bill Green, recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Contributions Award in Scholarship. Professor Green has published articles, op-ed pieces, and book chapters on history, law, and education, and he has published two books on race and civil rights in Minnesota history – A Peculiar Imbalance in Early Minnesota: 1837-1869, and Degrees of Freedom: The Origin of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1914, which won the 2016 Hognander Minnesota History Award. He is presently working on a history of Minnesota during the period of the Civil war and Reconstruction.

Speaking of Scholarship with Bill Green
Thursday, October 19
Marshall Room

Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Christensen Center for Vocation.

Please click here to RSVP for Speaking of Scholarship with Bill Green.

General Announcements

Free cookies and kale at Campus Cupboard

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Hello people of Augsburg!!!! Campus Cupboard is the food shelf on campus open to all students. We were generously donated cookies and brownie treats for students to enjoy, so please stop by the Foss Lobby to grab a cookie or two and learn more about the Cupboard!
Here are the hours this week:
M- 8am-9:15am, 9:30am-6pm
T- 8am-12pm, 2pm-6pm
W- 8am-9:15am, 9:30am-3pm
Th- 8am-9:30am, 10am- 1pm, 3:30pm-6pm
F- 8am-9:15am, 10am-3pm

We are accepting for donations of spicy ramen, canned soups (we’re good on tomato, so any other kinds will be much appreciated), granola bars, white rice, tuna and other canned meats, and dried pasta Donations bins are located in the Urn/Mort lobby, at Einstein’s, in the Campus Ministry Office, and in Anderson Res Hall.
Thank you!

Janet Nguyen
Campus Cupboard Coordinator

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for October

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Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Auggie Pride Award! The Auggie Pride Award is given to staff members who have gone above and beyond to serve Augsburg and fulfill its mission and values. Reasons to acknowledge a staff member can include a variety of things, such as the completion of a project, the implementation of an innovative idea, or simply giving directions to a lost campus guest.

If you have a colleague who you feel is deserving of this award, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form at

The Auggie Pride Awards are awarded monthly, throughout the academic year. More information found at

Love Your Local Water Initiative – Reducing our Reliance on Bottled Water

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Did you know Augsburg is committed to reducing our reliance on bottled water? Especially those individual bottles of Aquafina and other brands. We encourage departments to consider and begin implementing other options for accessing water that fits the needs of their office culture. More to come!

Event Announcements

Vocation Lunch with Maria “Tina” Tavera November 15

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Faculty and Staff – you are invited to attend the Christensen Center for Vocation’s Fall Vocation Lunch with “Tina” Maria Tavera, Augsburg TRIO-McNair Scholars Director! This event will take place on Wednesday, November 15th from 11:15 AM – 12:25 PM in East Commons, Christensen Center.

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

To learn more about “Tina” Maria Tavera and to register, please visit

Spaces are limited so please register soon. Note: upon completion of your registration, please be sure you receive a confirmation email and do not add the event to your calendar without completing the registration process.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCV office at (612) 330-1403 or email

We hope to see you there!

Christensen Vocation Lunch with “Tina” Maria Tavera

Good Sleep – Convocation TODAY

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The Center for Wellness and Counseling Convocation welcomes Dr. Roxanne Prichard from the University of St. Thomas who will talk about “Good Sleep: Unlocking Secrets to College Success” Dr. Prichard will discuss why we need sleep, factors promoting and preventing good sleep and how disturbed sleep impacts students physical and mental health and academic success and athletic performance.

A Space for Healing and Remembrance for Victims in Mogadishu

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
5:00 to 6:00 pm in Hoversten Chapel

On Saturday, October 14, a truck packed with explosives detonated in the heart of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, killing at least 300 people and seriously injuring hundreds more. It is one of the most lethal terrorist attacks that has happened anywhere in the world for many years. This tragedy touches many Minnesota families, including Augsburg students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have lost loved ones in the blast.

In response to this violence, Campus Ministry and the Muslim Student Association offer a space for reflection and healing. All are invited to attend on Tuesday afternoon at 5:00pm for prayer and Somali tea.

Also, Jummah (Friday Prayer) will be extended to include prayers for Mogadishu. It will be from 1:30 to 2:30pm in Hoversten Chapel.

Campus Ministry

Minnesota Symposium on Civic Renewal – Oct 24

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Join your fellow citizens for the first annual Minnesota Symposium on Civic Renewal

Hosted by the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development and sponsored by the Spencer Foundation.

Americans of diverse political, social, and cultural perspectives agree that our public life is polarized, dysfunctional, and displaces citizens from the center of self-government. Learn from fellow Minnesotans working together, across differences, to reassert their ownership of public life and their responsibilities to improve it.

The day opens with a luncheon address by nationally recognized depolarization expert Bill Doherty and features a keynote address from Harvard philosopher, Washington Post columnist, and best-selling author Danielle Allen.

Visit or write for more information.

Students for Racial Justice Video & Discussion

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At 6:00 pm in the Marshall Room, Students for Racial Justice will be hosting a video and discussion night! We will show a TED Talk about interracial dialogue and facilitate a discussion about the merits and drawbacks of conversation to break down barriers. Food will be provided!

Link to the Facebook event here!

Focused Conversations on Student Success: TODAY/TOMORROW

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This week’s Focused Conversations focus on student success provide an opportunity to learn about the metrics Augsburg uses to track student progress to graduation and how our results are trending.

The two sessions will be facilitated by Chief Student Success Officer Katie Bishop. Following are the details:

TODAY: Tuesday, October 17, 2 p.m., Marshall Room
TOMORROW: Wednesday, October 18, 12:30 p.m., Oren 100

Martin Luther on the Body, Our Bodies, and the Body of Creation Oct. 24

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On Tuesday, October 24, as part of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation series, we are excited to have Mary Lowe, associate professor of Religion at Augsburg University, lecture on: Martin Luther on the Body, Our Bodies, and the Body of Creation.

Martin Luther wrote, “There are three elements in a human, the body, the soul, and the spirit.” Many of today’s complex issues involve our bodies and the body of creation: climate change, gender and sexuality, abuse, and deforestation, etc.

Professor Lowe will introduce Luther’s perspectives on bodies and creation and examine how—even today—his theology can help us better understand and address these embodied challenges.

This event is free and open to the public, and will take place in Hoversten Chapel from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm and will include a discussion and a reception.

Questions? Email us at

Heritage Day with Mary Lowe

Seminary & Divinity School Day 2017

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Are you curious about possibilities of future graduate level theological study? Join us for Seminary and Divinity Day on Thursday, October 26.

A group of Auggies will travel to Gustavus Adolphus College on the 26th to gather with students from other colleges and representatives from ~22 Seminary and Divinity Schools around the country for this special day of vocational reflection conversations! The theme for the day is from Psalm 119:125, “I am your Servant, Give me Discernment.”

Whether you’re curious to test the waters of seminary or divinity school, or you know for certain it’s something you want to do, this day is for you! Seminary & Divinity School Day is a great opportunity to explore the variety of options.

This event is free, and lunch and transportation to Gustavus Adolphus College will be provided through the Christensen Center for Vocation. We will leave Augsburg at 8:00 am and return around 4:00 pm.

REGISTER BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW! Note that the last day to register is Friday, October 20.

For more information, visit our website at

Come with us to contemplate how you are stewarding God’s call for you in the world!

Questions? Email

Augsburg Native American Film Sries: INAATA/SE

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Save the Date: November 8, 2017
INAATE/SE [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./ it flies.falls./] returns to Minneapolis for another FREE screening.

This experimental documentary by Zack and Adam Khalil explores the Ojibwe story of the Seven Fires Prophecy, which has been interpreted as predicting the arrival of the Europeans in North America and the subsequent destruction they caused. Bold, smart, and unflinching, the film examines the relationship between cultural tradition and modern indigenous identity.

Place and Time:
Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with filmmakers follows
This event is free to the public

Native American Film Series

Auggies Connect with Employers -11/2

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Thursday, November 2nd
Strommen Center, Suite 100, Christensen Center
3:00-5:00 p.m. (come and stay for as long as you like )

Students are invited to stop by this informal meet and greet to learn about internships and entry level careers, have their resume reviewed, and ask questions. All majors welcome. Representatives from: Greater Twin Cities United Way, Anoka County, Lutheran Social Service, League of Minnesota Cities, and TC Habitat

Government & Non-Profit Career Fair

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Friday, October 20th
10:00 AM-3:00 PM (come and stay for as long as you like)
U of M, Coffman Memorial Union
FREE and open to all students and alumni. Register through Handshake. The Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies. Visit to see participating employers, schedule of events and more.



Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas | Spring-Break Abroad

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Spend your spring break in Mexico and earn 4 credits!!!

On the spring break program, Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas, Mexico, you will meet with and learn about various Indigenous people’s approaches to social activism, learn about Indigenous cosmology and spirituality, Indigenous sovereignty or autonomy, and Indigenous cooperative/businesses and educational systems.

You can choose one 4-credit course to take on this program:
AIS 305 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (elective course)
AIS 490 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (Keystone course)
CCS 295 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for CCS major of one travel seminar and an elective, OR general elective for non-majors)
SPA 495 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for one culture class or one elective (for the SPA major or minor)

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement!

APPLICATIONS are DUE NOVEMBER 1. Visit the Study Abroad/Away office in the Christensen Center to learn more, or speak with an adviser. You can also visit our website for full program information, pricing, and to start an application.

Get full program details and application information here!

Summer Opportunities Preview (STEM)

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The North Star STEM Alliance invites STEM students to attend the Summer Opportunities Preview.

Date: Thursday, October 19
Time: 5-7 PM
Location: UMN – Weisman Art Museum

Research and internship programs will present an overview of what opportunities are available for summer 2017.
Attend when you can! Interested in walking over with other Augsburg students? Let us know by writing to
Co-sponsored by NOBCChE, NSBE, SHPE.

AugSTEM Fall Workshops (open to all STEM students): Identifying Graduate Opportunities 10/23

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Mondays, 12:30 – 1:40 PM or 3:10 – 4:20 PM

Marshall Room, Christensen Center

Similar content will be presented in each time period (12:30 or 3:10).
Pick whichever time works best for you.
Workshops are open to all interested students.

Join us!
Monday, Oct 23 Identifying Graduate Opportunities [URGO]

Next workshop:
Monday, Oct 30 Crafting Compelling Personal Statements [URGO]

Questions? Email

International Women Entrepreneurs: Panel Discussion & Networking

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Students, faculty, and staff are invited to listen to a panel discussion led by Twin Cities business and policy leaders for a delegation of international women entrepreneurs from the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Following the discussion, you will have a chance to socialize and network with the delegation, which represents 50 countries.

When: This Thursday, October 19, at 3:00 PM
Where: East Commons, Christensen Center

Launched in 1940, the IVLP seeks to strengthen U.S. engagement abroad by cultivating relationships with emerging leaders in partner countries’ civil, business, and public policy sectors. Learn more about the IVLP here:

This IVLP delegation is visiting Minnesota to discuss the social, economic, and political factors that influence and encourage women as entrepreneurs; to examine leadership development, job creation, and access to capital; and to tour Minnesota companies, incubators, and educational institutions.

This event is co-sponsored by Augsburg’s Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) and Global Minnesota. For questions, contact Pat Mulvihill at

Event Detail:
Augsburg attendees free to come and go throughout.
• 3:00 – 4:00, Panel discussion
• 4:00 – 5:00, Breakout sessions for delegation
(Augsburg attendees may observe breakouts or learn more about the IVLP from a Global Minnesota staff member)
• 5:00 – 5:30, Networking with women in delegation

Ms. Jeannie Fox, Professor of Practice & Director of Nonprofit Managemennt, Hamline University (moderator of panel)
Ms. Cecile Bedor, Executive Vice President, Greater MSP
Representative Marion O’Neill, Assistant Majority Leader, Minnesota House of Representatives
Ms. Silvia Ontenada, Women Leadership Diplomacy
Ms. Mónica Romero, Business Liaison Manager, Women Venture
Ms. Kathy Tunheim, CEO and Principal, Tunheim

TODAY: Saving for Your Ideal Retirement

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Join TIAA for a presentation titled Tomorrow in Focus: Saving for Your Ideal Retirement

Join us to understand the benefit of time, recognize essential features of retirement investments, and learn how to create or modify your retirement plan. This session is informative to all ages, where ever you might be in the planning stages of your retirement.

When: October 17 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Marshall Room

Bring your own lunch, bring a colleague, and take some time to grow toward your financial wellness in retirement!

For questions, contact Nicole at

Physicians Neck and Back Pain Clinics Information Session

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Do you suffer from chronic neck and back pain?

Join colleagues to learn simple and practical exercises that can be done at home or at work to improve spinal fitness, presented by the Physicians Neck & Back Clinics.

This will be an interactive and educational seminar to help manage this common disease.

When: October 24 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: (note location change!) East Commons

Bring your own lunch and join us!

For questions, contact Nicole at

Individual Counseling Sessions with TIAA

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This month TIAA will be returning to campus for individual counseling sessions. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, where ever you might be in your retirement planning.

Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as you can.
Call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

You can also schedule an appointment online using the link below:

Available dates and times:

Tuesday, October 31 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

Wednesday, November 1 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

Thursday, November 2 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

For questions, please contact Nicole at

Thursday This Week – Comedian DJ Demers Coming to Campus

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Award winning and nationally known comedian DJ Demers is coming to campus THIS THURSDAY! DJ has been on America’s Got Talent and on Conan O’Brien, and is making a stop on his 30 day college tour at Augsburg.

When: Thursday, October 19th, 2017
Time: 8:00pm
Where: Hoversten Chapel – Foss Center
Tickets: Free – just show up
For More Information:
Facebook Event Page:

Let’s fill the chapel, Auggies!

Soup, Gender, & Sexuality: Developing Dialogue in Theater

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Join QIPOC and QPA for their Soup, Gender, and Sexuality workshop, featuring LeLe Robinson. This Developing Dialogue workshop will center a script writing, focusing primarily on the art of crafting genuine speech in scenes. The event will concentrate on cadence of speech, implied body language, and artful use of silence to create short scenes of real dialogue.

RSVP on Facebook

Climate change leadership discussion, Oct 27

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brown bag lunch seminar

Empowering leadership for a climate change movement

Friday Oct 27 — 12:00-1:30pm
Oren Gateway Center, Room 100

Please join us for a discussion of challenges and opportunities in grassroots leadership empowerment for building a climate change movement. Discussion leaders will be Julia Nerbonne (MN Interfaith Power and Light), Teddie Potter (UMN School of Nursing), and Jessica Gutknecht (UMN Dept of Soil, Water, and Climate).

This event is part of the Climate Connections series, an interactive seminar series hosted by the UMN Center for Changing Landscapes, aimed at building community and engagement, and addressing climate change impacts in the Twin Cities.


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Garden plants and “stuff” available starting Wednesday

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This summer, the community gardeners worked with Oslund and Associates to envision a new space together. The time has come to make that space a reality!

Starting this Wednesday, Oct. 18, any plants, bricks, rocks, and structures left in the garden will be looking for either permanent or temporary homes. Our gardeners will be taking out what they want to save before then, and the community is invited to come and grab the rest. Please come and get them! Also please respect any signs placed on objects or plants that just haven’t been able to be moved yet. If there’s no sign attached – it’s all yours!

Plants available: raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, chives, mint, bee balm, columbine, nettle, etc.

We will have space for perennials in the new garden next year, so if you are willing to take some home for the winter, plant them in a temporary space, and bring them back for us in the spring, let me know!

Help spread around the love and plants grown in this garden over the years!

More information on the garden re-design