Sunday, December 6, 2015

Wopida Group Partners With - All Welcoming Adult Care - Open House Advent 2015

Friday Afternoon, Dec 4, we held our first Open House at AWAC, with the intention of inviting elders and leaders in healing through the power of the medicine wheel and the four directions.  Here is my tehanshi Ted 'Shire' Porpoise with Purpose' Harrison I have known since being led back to Minnesota MKP, New Warrior Community in 1995 after working with Lakota elders, to begin participating in NWTA, New Warrior Adventure Trainings here in the Prairie Lakes Region, Minnesota and Sioux City Communities.  Next to Ted is the CEO, Farhiya Farah of AWAC, who founded the Care Center with her family in 2010, to serve the Somali Elders in South Minneapolis.  At the table is, Deborah Aurianivar, skilled Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, L.Ac., MaOM, and Linda Rose, newly arrived to Minnesota  health coach, and student to D/Lakota ceremonial traditions.

 Andrea, a new young grandma, at the back table provides marketing materials for AWAC, and arrived before Ted and Deborah came for Kenyan tea around 1:30, the first to arrive for the Open House, and began a conversation with Farhiya about their visions as healers of the traditions of social work (Ted) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (Deborah)
Here are the two "shires"  Berhan Shire and Ted "Shire" Harrison with some of Farhiya and Mulki's relatives sharing some of the food and snacks  provided.  

 Mark T Scannell, A friend of mine I met over 20 years ago, is the author of a new book about Gratitude and the Serenity Prayer who is well connected to the liberal Catholic Faith Community and educators, in South Minneapolis, chats with Jamie Wellik, a property management friend who introduced me, and Wopida Group to Farhiya in Mid Novemeber, at the Swedish Institute - Jamie is a active leader in the Central Plains
  The energy in the room shifted when Father Christmas arrived, in the presence of Randy Lee Peck, my friend who worked at Carleton College as an advocate for earth center traditions for many years, and now represents the multicultural presents of Father Christmas, mostly in the Scandinavian Finnish style.  Her he is with one of Farhiya and Mulki's family as she shared her experience of Father Christmas being raised in Kenya.

 Randy with his staff, talking with the Somali men and elders who come to AWAC for afternoon prayers.
 Mulki, Farhiya with Cris Anderson, fiddler and marriage cultural consultant listening to a poetic Somali wedding ceremony on a smart phone.

 Cris, playing a Norwegian shottish (sp) for the three Somali Women
 Farhiya , Mark, Linda Rose, Father Christmas Randy with Mulki in back of 5 of the Somali elders who arrived for prayer.
 One of Farhiya's malawa, a crepe that was served for food.  My first time having a Somali Homemade crepe!
 My favorite image summarizing the multicultural vision of AWAC with me, the business development Weaver, consultant, Frahiya the CEO and co founder of AWAC, Father Christmas Randy Peck and Cris Anderson, a local storyteller, networker with Kairos Dance, founded by his wife..

Farhiya and Randy Father Christmas with author and long time South Minneapolis resident, Mark Scannell.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Greenhouse Transplanting from Germination Trays to Cell Pack Flats April in Gray's Greenhouse 2015

A favorite and tasty early heirloom that did especially well in 2014 gardens is Matt's Wild Cherry. 
We had good germination and have up to 72 plants for the season this year. 
Zoe and Jamie Wellik came out to Grey's farm near Winsted in March to plant seed in the germination trays, that are heated for quick germination. Here in late April, they returned with me to support the transplantation stage into cell packs of 4 each, to make flats,trays of 48 plants to carry to the city to support late May family garden planters.

Jamie and Zoe working with me to transplant some 1300 seedings, of heirloom tomatoes, peppers,  eggplant, and leafy greens.  Note completed flats in front with 48 seedlings to be ready in May

Another view of the transplanted trays with Jamie and Zoe demonstrating the technique. 

 Larger view of the green house.
 Large orange marigold to support companion planting for gardens with a splash of color.
 Heirloom storage onion and slicing onion.
Heirloom Especially grown for container gardeners with a compact shape prolific 24" plants with deep red 3" fruits with fern like foliage.
 Source of tasty colorful greens for salads and juicing also the roots for eating.  Bulls Blood suggested planting with rainbow Chard , Russian Kale and basil for ongoing greens this summer.

Contact Tom Weaver,, call or text my cell 612 281 5230 for spring tilling and source of seedlings. Flexible pricing for family nutrition!  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Visioning A backyard garden for 2015? Reserve your own heirloom organic seedlings. i

 Tom Weaver here. Happy Spring Season!  Thanks for stopping by this page to see the variety of vegies and flowers I have planted to share with friends and clients this year.  I have written I little under each photo, describing the plant, and how many I planted.  Please consider emailing me, at, if you want to reserve plants that will be available in May in time for garden planting.  Enjoy scrolling down these fun organic heirloom seed varieties. 
 CHARD RAINBOW - Colorful leafy green for salads, steamed vegies. (60 Plants)
MARIGOLD - Large orange. 2.5" globe goldens, great for garden edges.  (48 Plants)
 PEPPER GOLDEN CAL - Medium Sized plants, start green mature to yellow orange, 80 days to maturity. (48 plants) 
PEPPER SWEET CHOCOLATE - Early 58 day green, 78 brown, mild flavor medium thick flesh. (36 Plants)     WILL ALSO have some traditional Green Peppers, non heirloom available upon request 

TOMATO - YELLOW PERFECTION - English sweet heirloom, very sweet, little to no acid - 2" size for salads and slicing. 70 days  (48 Plants)

BEET Colored leaves planted for colorful mixed salads. Early harvest roots 35-50 days.(60 plants)
KALE Hardy sweet flavored leaves. 50 day maturity  (60 plants)
 EGGPLANT - Early maturing Italian variety - 65 days maturity (36 plants)
ONION - Firm fleshed yellow skinned storage onion. 112 days to maturity (48 plants)
 TOMATO BLACK CHERRY - Round dark purple sweet full flavor.  (64 days to maturity)
TOMATO SILVERY FIR TREE - Compact 24" plant with heavy crops of 3 in, deep red fruit.  Does well in pots-hanging baskets on patios. (60 Plants) 

TOMATO BLONDKOEPFCHEN YELLOW CHERRY - East German Hierloom, sweet 1" fruits borne in clusters.  (60 Plants) 
TOMATO  FARGO YELLOW PEAR - 1 - 1 1/2" fruits 1932 cross made in Fargo ND. Good for container gardening.   (48 Plants)

 TOMATO GILBERTIE PASTE - Heirloom long sweet and meaty. (85 Days to Maturity)
TOMATO YELLOW PEAR CHERRY - Clusters of pear classic shaped fruits, mild flavor (70 days to maturity)
 ++++ TOMATO MATT's WILD CHERRY - Small deep red with exceptional flavor. (55 days days to maturity. (72 Plants)

 Please consider emailing me any plants you are interested in reserving, and I will acknowledge that with a return email.   Thanks again for interest in supporting back yard gardening. 

Tom Weaver

 Just posted on my Facebook page March 1  "Listening to the birds singing now, changing their tunes, as Mother Earth is warming, and the suns rays melt the ice and snow.......Stopped in a the Wedge Community Coop where I am an owner/member and picked up some seeds for the gardens I will support planting this year. Matt's Wild Cherry was a great early producer and favorite snack of Rob Senden's grandson last year. And plan to carry some flats to Chicago and the south in May. Consider local snacks without high fructose corn syrup."

Looking to support local friends and families, who want to raise veggies and flowers in their own yard, or community gardens this spring.    I will be germinating seeds at the end of March with my friend who has warm germination beds and a greenhouse in the country near Winsted again this year.  He is ordering a small yellow round cherry tomato that I will offer for planting in mid May, when the danger of frost is past.    Roto-tilling happens after the frost is gone, late April and early May.  Please let me know if you are interested in having support for your garden this year.   Below is the same flyer I sent out last spring.......