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February 17, 2013

Mankato in transition: Community group aiming for national certification



Both are recruiting people all over the world who want their individual towns, cities or villages to embrace the idea of sustainability. Many already have and fulfilled all the requirements to become so-called “transition towns.”

Similar to the local Mankato Area Fair Trade Towns Initiative, the Mankato group pursuing the transition movement is aiming for an official designation, a certification from the national movement as a full-fledged transition town.

To do that they’ll have to show progress and proof that they’re establishing a presence and taking action to improve the community and, hence, the lives of the people who live there.

“The heart of a community is its people,” said Erica Idso, one of the steering committees members.

Idso is spearheading a project called Heart and Soil. The plan is to establish community gardens all over town where people can grow vegetables if they’d like, but where people can also acquire food without the prerequisite of contributing.

If you’re interested in ideas such as sharing vehicles with people to save on gas and money, coming up with ways to getting to know the people in your community, creating a community that relies less on limited outside resources and more on itself, then Transition Mankato might be for you.

For more information or to get involved, contact Erica Idso at 701-212-9429 or, or Jane Dow at 625-5092, 469-5537 or


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