Intern and Volunteer Opportunities with Gardening Matters

Intern Opportunities: Summer, 2015

Interns make a larger commitment than volunteers, typically at least 10 hours per week, but sometimes many more. Internships can be for academic credit or practical work experience. All internships are unpaid. 

Communications/Media Intern (2)
Create social media content; draft website content and  press releases; create event communications, organizational brochures, and other communications tools for a variety of audiences. We may be launching a crowd-funding campaign in the fall, and some work could focus on highlighting this effort. This would be a primarily in-office position and a great opportunity to practice a variety of communications skills and build a portfolio.

Skills desired: Experience with a variety of social media platforms, excellent written and oral communication skills, well-organized with attention to detail, experience with crowd-funding and video creation a plus

Graphic Designer/ Photography Intern
Work closely with the communications interns on graphic components of organizational brochures and fliers. Create infographics from data that tell a compelling story of the organization's work. Take high-quality photographs of various community gardens around the Twin Cities for our website redesign and for other marketing materials. This position could also work on video, if time and experience allows!

Skills desired: Creativity, artistry, photography skills, and graphic design. This is a great opportunity to build a portfolio and see your work used publicly!

Education and Event Organizing Intern (2)
Work with community members to organize fun gardening activities and events. Possibilities include container gardening classes, pizza oven baking with garden produce, canning and preserving classes, garden work-days, harvest parties, and more. We need one intern to focus on St. Paul and one to focus on Minneapolis.

Skills desired: Understanding of equity principles, organizing skills, excellent oral communication, listening, and relationship-building skills, ablilty to manage details and translate community conversations into action

To apply for an internship, please email a letter of interest and resume to

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Seed Sharing Legislation Updates


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

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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