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Fill out this brief form, and we will get back to you with a few gardens near your home for you to contact. 

Help us distribute 30,000 seedlings on May 17th!

All hands on deck!

This will be the fourth year that Gardening Matters and many community partners through the Local Food Resource Hubs will host events to distribute over 30,000 seedlings and 25,000 seed packets to support local residents to grow their own food.
We need your help to fill nearly 180 shifts on May 16th, 17th, and 19th.


What are the events like?  Members of the Local Food Resource Hubs come to pick up their plants and seeds. The plants are set up on tables or on the ground and people go through the line and can select whichever varieties they'd like. Depending on the event, there may be other activities, such as demonstrations, Q&A with Master Gardeners, live music, etc. 

When:  We need volunteers to: unload the delivery truck in various locations and tag the plants on Friday, May 16th; prepare/staff the events on Saturday, May 17th; and prepare/staff the alternate pickup date on Monday, May 19th.

Where:  Locations vary: North Minneapolis, NE Minneapolis, South Minneapolis, St. Paul Midway, and East Side St. Paul.

If you are interested in registering a team of people to volunteer, please call us at 612-821-2358 so we can suggest the best shift for you and your colleagues.

To view the available time slots and to sign up for a volunteer shift, please use this form: 2014 Local Food Resource Hubs Seed and Plant Distribution Volunteers

(The shifts to unload the plants on May 16th are about 1.5 hours, and the shifts to staff the events are generally 2-3 hours.)


Local Food Resource Hubs Membership Details

As a member of the Local Food Resource Hubs, you get:

  • Seed and plant bulk order discounts
  • Access to unlimited classes/skill-shares
  • Tool-lending library access
  • Discount on Gardening Matters leadership training
  • Connected to other gardeners in your neighborhood, making it easier to share resources 

Garden Packages:

Small Garden Package- $15
10 packets of seeds & 12 seedlings (Retail value $45.)

Medium Garden Package- $30
20 packets of seeds & 24 seedlings (
Retail value $85)

Large Garden Packate- $90
40 packets of seeds & 72 seedlings (Retail value $225)
All large packages must be pre-ordered by April 30. New orders may NOT be placed on May 17th at the plant distributions.

**Scholarships are available for all package sizes.**

Hub Areas:

Gardening Matters uses geographical groupings for Local Food Resource Hubs members in order to:

 -make ordering and distributing garden resources easier

 -share information about gardening opportunities & resources with people who live nearby

 -encourage collaboration for local projects to take flight

 Even if you don't live in Minneapolis/St. Paul, you can still become a member!  Our events and energies, however, will be in these Hub areas.


Sign Up Online!

Membership is annual. You must renew your membership, even if you were a member in the past. 

You can also download the pdf form and mail in the form and payment to:
Gardening Matters, 310 E. 38th St, #204b, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Spanish form HERE!

Find dates and times for the seed and plant distributions and check out the Events Calendar!

Please take a moment to take the MEMBER SURVEY! This is a vital tool for our evaluation of the program!

Seeds and Plants:

Download the list of seed and plant varieties available. These varieties are first-come, first-served at the distribution events.We order the seeds from Johnny's Selected. They are non-GMO. We order the open-pollinated, heirloom, and organic varieties when they are available.

We order seedlings from Glacial Ridge Growers in Prior Lake, MN. They are grown sustainably.

You're a Hubs member! Now what?

- Make sure you regularly check our Events Calendar to find out when skill-shares and other gardener events will be happening. (Like the monthly Community Food Forums.)

- Watch for your email for our monthly e-newsletter filled with events and announcements!

- Join the Local Food Resource Hubs facebook group to connect with other members in your area and across the Twin Cities. (And "like" the Gardening Matters page to stay in the loop!)

- Sign up for ComGar, the community garden listserv.

- Use this network of gardeners in your area for good: What interests do you have and would like to share (ie hugelkultur)? What local food project would you like to make happen in your neighborhood (ie seed saving library)? What resources do you have that you're willing to share with your neighbors (ie food dehydrator)?  

Always feel free to contact us at or 612-821-2358 with questions, ideas, feedback, and more.
We look forward to connecting with you!

Urban Agriculture Legislation Introduced in 2014 Session

There are two bills supporting urban agriculture being introduced in the 2014 legislative session. Please stay tuned for more information on hearings and other opportunities to support these initiatives! 

Follow the bills here:

Urban Fresh Food Access and Food Desert Eradication Initiative

Urban Agriculture Land Use Planning Initiative

What is a Community Garden?

What is a community garden?  A community garden is any land that is maintained by a group of people to meet the needs of that group of people.  It could be for planting flowers or vegetables; large or small; urban or rural - what is important is that this group of people actively participate in a democratic decision-making process and that the garden reflects the community in which it is located. 

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