Community Garden Day

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

More about Community Garden Day: This day recognizes the contributions of community gardeners to the health, vitality and livability of their communities, and also serves as an opportunity to spread awareness about the Multiple Benefits of Community Gardens to the public. More about Community Gardening in MN is available in the most recent Snapshot of Community Gardening in MN, published by Gardening Matters.
 
All community gardens in Minnesota are invited to participate!

How can your garden participate? Plan a fun event in your community garden on September 19th, and invite your friends, neighbors, local businesses, politicians... Be creative! In the past, gardens have held potlucks, hosted live bands, plays, tomato tastings and more. Gardeners and community members plan the events, and Gardening Matters helps publicize.

If you'd like to host an event on September 19th and join in this great big community gardening party, we need to hear from you by July 31stUse this online form submit your garden's event details to Gardening Matters!

Gardening Matters will also be working with public officials who will officially declare September 19, 2015 Community Garden Day. Stay tuned for a list of City and County proclamations recognizing the day and the efforts of thousands of gardeners across the state to make their communities more beautiful, livable, and vital!

Seed Sharing Legislation Updates

5/19/15

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!

4/3/15

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. 

Gardening on Rental Property

Do you garden as a renter?
Are you a property owner who has thought about allowing tenant gardening?

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.

Website Update

Whoa! This website looks different!

Yep, we have a new theme here at www.gardeningmatters.org.

But don't worry, all the content you are looking for is still here, and still (mostly) in the same place! 

You'll notice that the menu has moved from the left sidebar to the top and things look, in general, a little more tidy. If you are having trouble finding something, you can use the "Search Bar," or feel free to contact us for help.  Read more about Website Update

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