2015 Annual Giving Campaign

Dear Friend in Gardening,

2015 has been a great year for Gardening Matters’ work to bring people together around growing, eating, and preserving food. We completed our strategic plan, wrote new mission and vision statements, and developed a series of guiding values that ground our work in equity and environmental justice.  Read more about 2015 Annual Giving Campaign

Policy Success: More Garden Land in Minneapolis!

The City of Minneapolis recently approved new rules for leasing City-owned vacant lots for gardens. Now, 43 more City-owned parcels will be available for gardeners to lease in 2016, for more than 100 total. Eligible leaseholders will now also include urban farmers and market gardeners in addition to community gardeners. Other changes to the rules include:
* Leases that could be extended to three- or five-year terms.
* Insurance liability requirement decreased by $1 million for community gardens.
* Lease agreements that require pollinator-friendly practices.
Read more about Policy Success: More Garden Land in Minneapolis!

Gardening Matters T-Shirts Available Now!

Gardening Matters has a new logo and snazzy new T-shirts! Get your official t-shirt, still warm from the silk screeners! $15

Available in adult sizes, S, M, L, XL, and XXL.

Stop by the office (in the Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th Street #204B), to pick up one today. Call 612-821-2358 to make sure we're here first! Someone is usually in the office between 9am-5pm on weekdays. Read more about Gardening Matters T-Shirts Available Now!

Gardening on Rental Property

Gardening Matters invites property owners and managers to attend the workshop: Creating Gardens on Rental Property!

This workshop will address the potential challenges and benefits of allowing tenants to garden and highlight specific strategies to outline expectations and aid communication. Participants will see examples of successful gardens on rental property and leave with resources to assist them in future projects. 

If you are interested in hosting this workshop, contact Nadja@gardeningmatters.org. 

Gardening Matters is working in partnership with the City of Minneapolis and the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) to make gardening on rental property easier. During the summer of 2014, Gardening Matters conducted two listening sessions and solicited written feedback online from both property owners and renters. Based on the information we heard, we have developed resources that can help property owners and renters connect, communicate, and have successful gardens.

Seed Sharing Legislation Updates


We're proud to be part of the team of advocates that has successfully changed the seed law to allow community-based seed sharing in Minnesota! On May 19, the governor signed the final bill. Thank you to everyone who worked to make this possible!  Read more!


We're pleased to report that interpersonal seed-sharing will soon be legal in Minnesota! After several months of meetings and advocacy, language in state statute will exempt noncommercial interpersonal seed-sharing from the restrictive regulations in the Minnesota's seed law. The language has been included in the Agriculture Omnibus Bill and adopted by respective House and Senate committees. After our negotiations, we expect that it will pass without any challenges. 

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