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Underneath a mound of earth in a small northeast Minneapolis backyard something groundbreaking is happening: Food is growing in the dead of winter.
"When Larisa and Vasil Prozapas moved to Portland from their native Ukraine in 2004, they had a tiny garden next to their apartment. It was enough space for a few tomatoes, but they missed their big property back home where they grew an abundance of food.
Gardening Matters believes that all of us doing good work around food and growing are leaders. The MN Food Charter is collecting stories from folks doing this kind of work. This includes growing your own food!
Good news! Ramsey County has committed to a temporary Use Agreement for the lot where the Community Stabilization Project and Frogtown Neighborhood Association's community garden was threatened.
The morning of Saturday, September 17 was gray, with heavy cloud cover and a few drizzles. Despite the chill, gardeners across the Twin Cities set up their celebrations, preparing for Community Garden Day. And then, around noon, it was as if the weather suddenly remembered what day it was.
"When Metric Giles of the Community Stabilization Project moved into offices on North Dale Street three years ago, he was unimpressed with the view.
Community gardens are in the news and promoting food sovereignty in our neighborhoods!
For all Minneapolis gardeners who participated in or applied to the Minneapolis Garden Lease Program:
"Gardening Matters, a local organization that works to grow the number of community gardens in the Twin Cities, currently offers workshops to teach landowners and tenants how to garden with the space they have."
In 2015, the MN State Legislature directed the Commissioner of Agriculture to convene interested stakeholders and develop a proposal to effectively and efficiently promote urban agriculture in Minnesota Cities.
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
As I talk to farmers across the country, regardless of what they produce or where, they all share one common challenge: how to best move product from the farm to the marketplace.