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Policy & Advocacy

Making the Case for Community Gardens

The "Snapshot of Community Gardens" is our annual analysis of our garden data. We use this data to publicly tell the story of Community Gardens in the Twin Cities metro area and beyond. It is also vital in our advocacy efforts to support better urban agriculture policies at local, regional, and state levels.

 A Snapshot          

The "Multiple Benefits of Community Gardening" contains the best peer-reviewed research on the many benefits of community gardens. We update this content regularly and encourage sharing the document to make your case for community garden support. Please credit Gardening Matters and link to the original document. 

Multiple Benefits
The map below illustrates the distribution of the 547 documented Twin Cities Metro area community gardens. 
Twin Cities Community Garden Map

Accessing Our Data
We work very hard to keep the most comprehensive database of community gardens in the state of Minnesota. We get many requests to share the data we collect from gardens. However, we have a very strict privacy policy around sharing that data, specifically contact information of garden coordinators and address of gardens. On the surface, sharing this data seems like a simple request, but there are many reasons why garden coordinators do not want their addresses or other information made available to the general public. For instance, many garden coordinators are volunteers, and the garden contact information is a personal email address or personal cell phone. Or, a garden may serve a vulnerable population or be in an area where it may be a target for vandalism.
If you are a student or researcher, we do release certain kinds of data with an appropriate signed confidentialty agreement and memorandum of understanding about how the data will be used and how privacy will be safeguarded. If you would like to talk with us about accessing our database, please contact us well in advance of the project. 
Additional Policy Research