Local Food Resource Hubs Membership
To join a Hub, sign up online now!
** Please note: seedling distributions have already passed; seedlings are no longer part of the 2013 Hub membership
As a Hub member, you can select a garden package that best suits your needs. You can also be a member even if you don't need seeds or plants, but want to be a part of the movement!
SMALLGARDEN PACKAGE -SUITABLE FOR A SMALL PLOT, RAISED BED GARDEN OR CONTAINER GARDEN (10 packets of seeds and 12 seedlings)
MEDIUM GARDEN PACKAGE- SUITABLE FOR A 12’ x 12’ GARDEN (20 packets of seeds and 24 seedlings)
LARGE GARDEN PACKAGE– SUITABLE FOR A VERY LARGE GARDEN OR COMMUNITY GARDEN (50 packets of seeds and 72 seedlings)
The garden packages take advantage of bulk pricing- that’s one of the advantages of being a Local Food Resource Hubs member! But even with bulk prices, our suggested price is lower than the actual costs. This is to make memberships available to everyone. If you can contribute more than the suggested price, it provides scholarships and supports the program’s operating costs.
Small package: Suggested membership price $10-$20. (Approx. Retail Value $45.)
Medium package: Suggested membership price $25-$40. (Approx. Retail Value $85.)
Large package: Suggested membership price $50-$100. (Approx. Retail Value $225.)
No seeds or seedlings: Suggested donation $5-$50.
Seeds to choose from:
Green beans (bush), Chinese red noodle beans, lima beans, beets, broccoli raab, carrots, swiss chard, cilantro, collards, corn, cucumbers, dill, mustard greens, chinese cabbage, chinese mustard, pac choi/boc choy, lemongrass, lettuce, scallions, flat parsley, parsnips, snow pod peas, sugar snap peas, pumpkin, radish, spinach, acorn squash, buttercup squash, zucchini, turnip, watermelon, cantaloupe
Seedlings to choose from:
Collards, kale, broccoli, cabbage, jalapeno pepper, ancho gigante pepper, habanero pepper, thai hot (bird's eye) pepper, paprika pepper, cayenne pepper, sweet chocolate pepper, wisconsin lakes sweet pepper, jimmy nardello sweet pepper, tomatillo, eggplant, sungold cherry tomatoes, speckled roman roma tomatoes, green zebra tomatoes, big beef beefsteak tomatoes, herbs, okra
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Local Food Resource Hubs Network?
The Hubs are community based networks of residents, organizations, and businesses supporting each other to grow, cook, preserve, and compost fruits and vegetables and increase overall community health and access to fresh food.
How does this program work?
The Hubs program runs on the participation of its members! By becoming an engaged member, you become part of a network of people who support each other in growing, cooking, and preserving food and building a vibrant and inclusive local food system. There are a variety of opportunities for members to participate, including events, workdays, classes, and ways to connect one-on-one with other members.
When you become a member, you will pay a small fee and select the seed and seedling package that best suits your needs. Members attend distribution events in the spring to collect their seeds and seedlings.
How is the Hubs Network organized?
Each Hub operates individually, but collaborates with other Hubs across the Hubs Network. Gardening Matters facilitates this collaboration. Members are encouraged to attend their Hub’s meetings and get more involved locally. Once a year, all members from across the Network gather to give feedback and plan the next year of the program. We are committed to making the Hubs Network inclusive, democratic, and welcoming, and the program is constantly evolving to best meet the needs of members and the community.
How do Hubs help communities?
Hubs help people support each other to create resilient communities. The Hubs program makes communities healthier by giving residents better access to fresh produce and opportunities for exercise through gardening. Gardens improve the local environment by reducing pollution, preventing erosion, and increasing biodiversity. The presence of gardens also decreases crime in neighborhoods. Read more about the multiple benefits of gardening!
Who can join the Hubs? Do I have to join the Hub closest to where I live?
At this time membership is open to residents of Minneapolis or the Midway in St. Paul. We are working every year to expand the program. If you live or garden in the areas, you can choose to join whichever Hub you’d like to participate in. The Hubs program is about engaging with other members to benefit everyone, so join the Hub where you feel most connected!
Where can I find a place to garden?
Gardening Matters offers a plot referral service and can connect individuals with community gardens in our database. Yards 2 Gardens also maintains a database of available yards. Check out our factsheet to get more information about finding land for gardens. When you and your group have found land and are ready to start a community garden, contact Gardening Matters to schedule a free garden start-up workshop!
How is the Hubs Network supported?
The key to the Hubs Network is an engaged membership, working together to build a strong community. When people volunteer and share their skills and talents, the entire network becomes stronger. Anyone can support the Hubs Network with donated time, skills, knowledge, sweat, supplies, and/or financial support.
Membership fees help cover a portion of the cost of seeds and seedlings. Remaining expenses are funded through the City of Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support, the McNeely Foundation, community partner contributions, and other donations.
Can I join if I don’t need seeds and seedlings?
Yes! If you don’t need seeds and seedlings, you can still become a member and volunteer, participate in events, take classes, and build connections with your neighbors.
How do I become a member?