Folwell Harvest Festival 2018

Folwell partnered with the Cleveland Neighborhood Association to throw a Harvest Party for the neighborhood. The Penn ave Garden was the site chosen this year in large part due to the commitment from both neighborhoods to focus more energy on the struggles on Penn.

Community response, relationship building, and a deeper investment in the area is the path the neighborhood is taking to address high crime and violence on the block. The garden has been a refuge for many this summer, providing food and opportunities to connect.

More than 75 folks showed up to celebrate the season and break bread together. Community gathered a bonfire and listened to elders share stories. Children made scare crows and painted bird houses for the gardens. 50 pumpkins were given away for free and folks took family photos at the photo booth. Students played soccer and tag in the field, having room to run and play. We roasted marshmallows, listened to music, ate amazing food, and learned about one another.

Neighbors shared ideas and strategies they want to see in the neighborhood to address their struggles. Plans were made for future events and building projects. Residents were listened to and bridges were built.

The FNA and CNA are grateful for the funding available through the Penn Ave Safety Grant to provide opportunities for community members to build authentic connection and create grassroots strategies for addressing violence in the community.

Thank you to all the volunteers and staff that made this beautiful fall festival happen!


September 2018 Neighborhood Night Recap

Every month the Folwell Neighborhood Night hosts Neighborhood Night where residents come together to share a meal, get to know each other, and organize around the topics they care about. To learn more about this pilot program, click here.

Below you will find the notes taken from the evening.

Neighborhood Night

Monday Sept. 17, 2018 5:30-8:30pm

Folwell Park

Food: Hui Chinese Food on Lowry and Dupont

30 people in attendance

Board Members: Nate Streeter, Buzzy Bohn, Stacey Henderson

Agreements: A set of guidelines for healthy dialog is always discussed at the beginning of each gathering. This is a living document to ensure that we can create a space where people can speak their truth without fear. These were the guidelines agreed upon by the group present.

  • No hitting
  • Respectful
  • Be positive
  • Courteous
  • Open Minded
  • Fail Forward
  • Truthful
  • Yes and…
  • Help your Neighbor
  • Put cell phones on Silent
  • Start from a place of love rather than fear

We ate, then took about 20 min to introduce ourselves to the whole group. The question for this gathering was, “What did you do stay cool this weekend?”

Once finished, we listed the topics folks wanted to discuss. We had many special guests in attendance from the city and police department. Those folks are listed at the end along with their contact info.

Crime and Safety: Chair – Buzzy: buzzy@folwell.org

  • Issues: While there were issues such as the Penn ave construction, death memorials and speeding and four wheeling traffic, the conversation centered around the general “crime” and issues facing the community. With many officers present and a large turn out of folks, the conversation became about what are police issues and what are community response issues. Solutions centered around how does a community get involved with the safety of all residents.
  • Solutions/Action Items: Stated in general ideas/terms, these will be flushed out by a handful of residents and presented back.

○ We need alternative solutions to calling police: People are calling the cops for non police issues

○ Knowledge of when to call police and when not to call police

○ Diverse approach to a variety of issues

○ More Neighbor Interaction

○ Find Occupants for empty homes

○ Folks need more access: to jobs, to resources, to housing, to support, food, etc

■ Neighborhood Connectors need job opportunities to hand out to folks

○ National Night Out could be a great way to meet your neighbor

○ Need more local block parties all year round

○ Citizen Academy

○ How do we move past fear?

■ Engagement

■ Knowledge

■ Experience

■ Community Organizing

○ Vehicle and Traffic Issues: SeeClickFix (on google play and apple store)

○ Contact Community Engagement Police team. Create a community Liaison

○ Contact/Locate landlords of problem properties

C.L.E.A.N. Team: Chair – Kathleen: clean@folwell.o

  • Issues/Topics: Clean Sweep is Oct. 6-13.
  • Sign up was passed around for folks to adopt a block and participate
  • It was confirmed that Metro Transit will maintain trash receptacles at the new bus stops on Penn.
  • Businesses on Lowry were provided with information about the Minneapolis adopt-a-litter-container program.
  • A leaf rake will be planned for early November.
  • A note was posted on the sign by a resident: “Can we change the name of this committee to the Green Team. It still communicates health and sustainability, cleanliness and participation but it expands broader than just cleaning. Also, “enforcing/encouraging” clean neighborhoods has been used as a weapon against low income folks in the past. This could represent a wider participation in the neighborhood.


Folwell Farmers Coalition: Chair – Dani: danielle@folwell.org

  • Penn Ave Garden is hosting a Harvest fest on Saturday Oct. 27 with Cleveland Neighborhood Association. This is also a part of the Penn Ave Safety Grant. There will be free pumpkins, food, music, photo booth, apple cider and bonfire. Volunteers are needed. Contact Dani if you want to help!
  • Movie Night at Love Garden: Oct. 13 located at 34th and Penn. Contact Tecar for more info tecar@folwell.org

Housing: Chair: Chair – Mysnikol: mysnikol@gmail.com

  • No issues were brought forward, but Mysnikol was available for any concerns brought forward from the community.
  • Results from the housing survey will be made public next month.
  • Housing resource list to finished this month
  • Folks want resources for home repair

Communications: Chair – Debbie: debbie@folwell.org

  • Folwell Flyer out Sunday Sept. 23
  • Email info@folwell.org for more information

Welcome Packet:

○ Stacey, Nate, Dani are working on this.

○ Research residents who’ve lived in Folwell in the past two years

○ While making new residents feel welcome, how are we making residents who have lived here a long time feel welcome?

Policy and Civic Engagement: Chair – Josh: josh@folwell.org

  • Early Voting begins Sept. 21
  • Folwell Annual Meeting Nov. 12 at Folwell Park.

Evaluation: Each Neighborhood Night is always concluded with an evaluation of how the night went. We ask folks to give a one word recap. These were the words given:

  • Lovely
  • A+
  • A lot of engagement
  • Informational
  • Go Team
  • Informed
  • Wooow
  • Transformative
  • Impressed
  • Amazing
  • Gratifying

Special Guests in Attendance:

Cory Fitch: Community Officer for Folwell – 612-673-5704/cory.fitch@minneapolismn.gov

Bill Magnuson: Crime Prevention Specialist –


Jeffrey Hayes: LGBTQ Liason – 612-417-8731/jeffrey.hayes@minneapolismn.gov

Julianne Leerssen: Manager of Equity & Inclusion –


Alice White: Neighborhood Directed Patrol –


Ethrophic Burnett: Council office Associate –


George Warzinik: Officer – 612-673-5704/george.warzinik@minneapolismn.gov

Danny Lindholm, Alliance for Sustainability, danny.lindfield@gmail.com


Introducing Neighborhood Night

IMG_8779The Folwell Neighborhood Association has been working towards creating open dialog, providing opportunities for connection and involvement, and building community power. We have taken a step forward in this process by launching Neighborhood Night. Through the end of the year, the FNA will be hosting dinner, large group discussions and committee meetings once a month at Folwell Park. The goal is to create easy on ramps for involvement in the work of the neighborhood. We understand that there are challenges with this program idea, but we are confident that through working together, we can find a way to build systems that support the work that needs to get done.

The first Neighborhood Night will be Monday June 18, starting with dinner at 5:30pm. Program starts at 6pm, with the evening closing at 8:30pm. A set schedule for the remainder of the year will be determined at the first gathering. If you would like to help volunteer, or have questions, please contact Dani at danielle@folwell.org.

Please see a sample schedule below.

Neighborhood Night Sample Agenda – June 18, 2018
5:30pm    Dinner

6:00pm    Community Time

  • Introductions
  • Agreements
  • Discussion around format for Neighborhood Night
    • Large Post it’s for input around the room
    • List Positives
    • Find Hurdles
    • Address questions and concerns from survey and audience
    • Create sample schedule
    • Finalize dates/times

6:45pm    Committee Agendas presented

7:00pm    Break out into small groups

  • If committees aren’t presented, but residents are interested in the work, collect names and info
  • If residents are available and don’t want to join a committee, they can continue casual conversation if they would like to stay
  • Committees present will break out into small groups and discuss their agenda items.

8:00pm    Regroup and Recap/Next steps

8:20pm     Evaluation

8:30pm    Close and head home

** This is a sample schedule for a pilot program. The FNA board, staff and community will continue to work towards the healthiest version of engagement. This will be accomplished through open dialog, evaluation, diverse communication, board meetings, committees, and board meetings. Thank you for being apart of this work.