About Us

Vision Statement

Gardening Matters envisions a just, diverse and sustainable local food system where home and community gardens build stronger communities for the future. 

Mission Statement

Gardening Matters supports successful, sustainable gardens and inspires gardeners to build resilient communities as they grow their own fresh food.

Guiding Values

COLLABORATION: We engage in partnerships that are horizontal and mutually beneficial. We strive for cooperation and teamwork rather than competition. We intend to be grassroots oriented, both internally and externally.

COMMUNITY BUILDING: We seek to build community and community leadership from an asset-based model, focused on the existing strengths within a community. We believe wealth and power are found in social capital and health.

ECO-RESPONSIBILITY: We have a duty to protect, preserve, and replenish the Earth. This includes using responsible gardening practices that rebuild the soil, promote water quality, and support pollinators, and working with partners who share these values. We recognize that the burdens of pollution, environmental degradation, and climate change are not shared equitably and we seek to support environmental justice efforts through our actions and partnerships.

STEWARDSHIP: Recognizing we are kin to all living things, we will be wise with our resources – cultural, community, ecological, and financial.

EQUITY: We strive to embody racial, social and economic equity (the fair and just distribution of resources and opportunities) in all facets of our work, including internal operations, program design and access, working relationships, and community engagement. We affirm and respect cultural heritage and self-determination.

CO-LEARNING: We embrace the richness of multiple perspectives, value all voices, encourage innovation, embody a culture of reflection and adaption, and lift up community wisdom.

SYSTEM CHANGE: We recognize that the barriers to community health and wealth are systemic, and so we seek to advance change at the system level.

TRANSFORMATIONAL: We believe in the power of authentic relationships and that lasting change is not achieved through transactions alone.


In summer of 2008, the three-year program, GardenWorks, became Gardening Matters, an independent organization dedicated to community gardeners across the Twin Cities and Minnesota. Gardening Matters continues the mission and programming of GardenWorks to work with gardeners to create vibrant sustainable community gardens that are assets to their communities. Read more about Gardening Matters' history. 

Goals of Gardening Matters

  • To strengthen networking and build community between community garden groups and backyard gardeners
  • To strengthen internal functioning of community gardens
  • To improve public relations and advocate for supportive policies for community gardens
  • To foster partnerships between the gardening community and public and private sectors
  • To assist with the establishment of new community gardens

How Do We Do It?

Gardening Matters is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting and preserving community gardening by connecting gardeners to each other and to their communities. We provide training and resources to support successful and sustainable gardens.

We support neighborhood gardening networks, hold community gardening events and get-togethers, provide online resources, advocate for supportive public policies, and host a comprehensive community garden inventory with valuable data.


Gardening Matters thanks the many individual donors of money and time, volunteering their energy and skills. Gardening Matters owes its success to you -- THANK YOU! To make a tax-deductible donation to support community gardening programming, make check out to Gardening Matters and mail to310 E. 38th St., #204b, Minneapolis, MN 55409 or online.

Gardening Matters receives support from The McKnight Foundation, the McNeely Foundation, and is steadily supported by the Wedge Co-op's Green Patch program.