Flowers Farm Garden Nursery

The Business of Farming and Gardening: Growing Food, Flowers and Leaders

June 20-22
Northrop Campus
511 Kenwood Parkway, Minneapolis

In our northern and changing climate, Minnesota businesses and nonprofit organizations continue to find plenty of reasons and methods for growing food and flowers. They are building farms and gardens that use, teach and support sustainable practices; restore and pass on cultural knowledge; increase local production and access to food; contribute to health and well-being; engage youth; develop leaders; and connect our communities. Join educators from across the Twin Cities metro area for visits to local farms and gardens to learn about the Business of Farming and Gardening: Growing Food, Flowers and Leaders. 

Established over 40 years ago through a generous endowment gift from Raymond Plank ʼ40, the Plank Summer Institute brings together educators and local business and industry leaders to learn from one another. All Pre-K to post-secondary educators in public, private or nonprofit settings are welcome to apply. There is no application or registration fee, and meals, materials and bus transportation are provided at no cost to participants. We invite you to apply for one, two or all three days. Those who apply by April 15 will hear by May 1 regarding acceptance.   Applications for any remaining spaces will be reviewed on a rolling basis until spaces are filled.

We get to know the community, make great connections and eat good food. Treat yourself to the Plank Summer Institute for Educators and invite other educators in your network to do the same!

All Minnesota educators are welcome to apply here.

Questions? Contact Lisa Sackreiter at or Julie Rogers Bascom at