With construction plans for Phase I finalized, Northfield’s Y, which is expected to open in the fall of 2014, will feature an indoor aquatics center, group fitness studio, cardio and wellness floor, supervised children’s center, locker rooms, offices and multi-purpose community gathering space.
Plans for Phase II, featuring a full-size gym and walking track, are in the development stage. The estimated project cost to complete both Phase I and Phase II together is in the $8 to $9 million range.
I blogged about the SEEDS Project (Social Entrepreneurship Environmental Design and Stewardship) back in July of 2010 so I was glad to get an update about it a couple weeks ago from Seeds Farm Manager Becca Carlson when she stopped by my corner office at GBM.
I asked her to send me a write-up about the recent changes and I’ve included it below.
Here’s Becca’s summary of the latest on the Seeds Farm:
There’s more to eating locally than just the vegetables…
To thrive and survive, humans need to eat every day. For those of us that eat three meals a day, that means each week we have 21 opportunities to make a decision on how we are going to fuel our bodies, what type of agricultural system we are going to support, and what we want our communities and the landscape of America to look like. One thing we are adding on to our locally grown vegetables is that we are offering chicken coops for sale. This will make it possible for fresh eggs to be entered into the program.
Because of this, we have the ability to make a huge impact solely with how we chose to buy and consume food. Here are some reasons why I think it’s important to use our purchasing power to support local and sustainably grown produce:
Excellent taste and freshness
Local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances from far away. Produce picked and eaten at the height of freshness tastes better.
Celebrate a healthy lifestyle!
You are what you eat-so fill your body with healthy, nutritious and wholesome.
Support our farming neighbors, local economy, & community
Buying locally helps ensure that our local farms keep in business so they can provide you with delicious and nutritious produce, keeps your dollars circulating in our community, and is an investment in healthy communities.
Help preserve the environment
One of the biggest ways we interact with our environment is through agriculture; i.e. how our food was grown. Support farmers that help nurture our resources so they are not depleted for future generations.
Pass on the environmental ethic
Practice what you preach and encourage others to do so as well! When you buy locally produced organic food you cannot help but raise the consciousness of your friends and family about how food buying decisions can make a difference in your life and the life of your community; and about how the basic act of eating is connected to larger issues.
The Tokyo Grill (“Japanese Steakhouse”) opened in the old Wendy’s on S. Hwy 3 last summer. It has become a favorite sushi restaurant for me and Robbie and, judging by the crowds, many other Northfielders, including (last Saturday eve):
I have a story that might be fun for you to cover for Locally Grown Northfield involving a unique partnership between the Nfld High School DECA group and the Y. Tomorrow night at 7PM the DECA students will unveil to the Y board of directors the "Future Home of the Nfld Y" sign that they designed/created that will be installed on the new Y property this coming Sunday. We will meet tomorrow in the high school Woods (shop) room for the unveiling and a pizza party to follow. Then, we will gather again at 4PM Sunday to install the new sign on the new property.
My wife Robbie and I were invited to be on one of the Northfield Area United Way (NAUW) allocation panels last week. In her email, NAUW Executive Director Betsy Spethmann wrote:
As a Grant Allocation Panelist, you will help decide how the funds raised during the recent United Way campaign will be invested back into services that benefit people in our community… agencies present their proposals and field questions from panelists; then the panel discusses how to allocate available funds and agrees on a recommendation to NAUW’s Board.
Volunteers find that this is an excellent way to learn more about our community and the network of human-service organizations serving the Northfield area.
We had a phenomenal YMCA Healthy Kids Day last Saturday! I’m estimating that about 1300 people came through the event between 10 and 1:00. In all the years I’ve worked with Healthy Kids Day events – this was by far, hands down, the smoothest and most fun. (continued)