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There's still time to get a garden growing this summer.

There are hundreds of community gardens throughout the metro; Let Gardening Matters play matchmaker and find a space for you and your plants! Build relationships, connect with the land and produce sustainable food.


We’re stretching our arms, rubbing our eyes and shaking the sleep from our limbs!

10/1/17: Gardening Matters Seeks New Board Members1/2/17:Dear Friends and Supporters of Gardening Matters,

Another year begins. 


The wait is over! Here it is: our annual snapshot of community gardens in Minnesota.



"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.


"Urban agriculture can refer to private backyard vegetable plots, community gardens, high-tech food-growing operations on rooftops or within high-rises, and food production on the outer fringes of suburbia.

"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow." - Audrey Hepbur

Gardening Matters is pleased and excited to welcome a whole new cohort of board members! Each of these individuals brings a variety of experiences and insights, and we are so grateful to have them on our team.


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.

... and that means end-of-season skillshares, Nourish Film Series and the Garden Coordinator Brown Bag Lunch!    

Things to look out for:



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.


Join the Gardening Matters team as our Graphic Design intern and work creatively on the visual component of our Twin Cities' Community Garden Start Up Guide.


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:


For the gardeners, growers, movers and shakers in the local food movement!

a reflection by Rachel Rolseth


It's time to register for Community Garden Day 2016!

Community Garden Day is Saturday, September 17!


For the gardeners, growers, movers and shakers in the local food movement!


Looking for a summer internship? Join the Gardening Matters team! Interns can set their own hours and schedules, and work collaboratively with staff.  We currently have two positions open:


An evening of bidding and beers!


The Twin Cities Pioneer Press just published this lovely article on the new Rice Street Garden in Maplewood, featuring Gardening Matters' very own S


Gardening Matters is now accepting applications for our Board of Directors!!


Looking for that perfect gift for the graduate in your life? Or for Father's Day? Or that June wedding you've been invited to?


We at Gardening Matters are so very very thankful to all the beautiful, brilliant, and generous volunteers who came out and made the member plant distributions on May 13, 14 and 16 a wild success.

Hi dear friends and colleagues, 

Wonderful partners and friends in gardening,

After six amazing years at Gardening Matters and working with each of you, I have accepted a contract position with Terra Soma, working as the Healthy Comprehensive Planning Coordinator. This position will allow me to focus my

May 6, 2016
From Rep.  Karen Clark

Gardening Matters will have on-site soil screening available to analyze soil samples from the public at our North Minneapolis Plant and Seed Distribution Event on Saturday, May 14th 11:00am-2:00pm. As part of the Soil Kitchen-Twin Cities project, faculty and students from the

April 25, 2016
Immediate and Urgent Call to Action to Support the Urban Agriculture Legislation!

Please post to social media and spread widely.

Volunteer at a member plant distribution! We need over 100 volunteers to make these events happen. Volunteers help with everything from sorting and tagging plants to welcoming and registering members.

"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."

April 12, 2016
We need more calls and emails NOW to help continue to move this bill!
MN Urban Ag Bill Moves Forward, Calls Needed NOW to House Agriculture Finance Committee Members
We make the road by walking. ~ Paulo FriereNow is the time. Let's grow food and build community. Join us!

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Whoa! This website looks different!

Yep, we have a brand new site here at!


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.

Gardening Matters is pleased to welcome a slate of new Board Members! All bring exciting energy and experiences to the organization. 

Stayci Bell
Mike Braunlin
Grace Chou
Nate Galloway
Allissa Heim 

We're proud to be part of the team of advocates that has successfully changed the seed law to allow community-based seed sharing in Minnesota! On May 19, the governor signed the final bill.

Gardening Matters invites property owners and managers to attend the workshop: Creating Gardens on Rental Property!

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

Gardening Matters has a new logo and snazzy new T-shirts! Get your official t-shirt, still warm from the silk screeners! $15

Available in adult sizes, S, M, L, XL, and XXL.

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.

Star Tribune, 8/17/11

Download the 2015 version by clicking here.Register your garden by taking the Garden Survey!We rely on garden coordinators to su

Minneapolis CPED Housing and Economic Development staff has reviewed the City’s vacant property list to determine which parcels might be appropriate for lease for urban agriculture and draft criteria for leasing this land.