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Project Sweetie Pie cultivates an urban farm movement

By Dwight Hobbes
Contributing Writer

 

It’s a tough call as to whether Project Sweetie Pie (www.projectsweetie.org) is the proverbial idea whose time has come or if its founder/director, irresistible force Michael Chaney, has brought his tireless tenacity and innovative industry to bear on the immovable object of social inertia. In October of 2014, Chaney told the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, on being honored by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, “Urban farming is a means to an end. It creates economics [as well as] a value system and work ethic within our community. “This serves as an antidote to the poison that we [experience] as African Americans, the mythology that the larger, dominant community tries to spread upon us of self-defeat, of low self-esteem. That we’re not capable.”

Project Sweetie Pie (PSP) encourages youngsters to literally get their hands dirty by learning how to plant gardens and grow food, in the process acquainting them with exercise out in the fresh air as well in entrepreneurship. Continue Reading →

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MN Black Chamber of Commerce honors the best in Black business

 

The Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC) hosted its Fourth Annual UMOJA Awards & Benefit Saturday, December 3, at the Metropolitan Club in Target Field. Despite a persistent snowstorm, hundreds came out to celebrate the accomplishments of the year, acknowledge outstanding entrepreneurs, and encourage college students to continue on their path to graduation. MBCC launched its new College Scholars Program to encourage mentorship of college students and ensure they not only enter college but have the support necessary to complete. Keynote speaker Ryan Mack, CNN financial expert, gave a rousing speech on the importance of remaining humble while giving back and empowering others. Led by Phillip Miner who served as master of ceremonies for the evening, the affair was spotlighted by a live and silent auction, music by C-Sharp, and a traditional African welcome featuring live drumming. Continue Reading →

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