This article originally appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Northern Gardener. The Waite House Neighborhood Center supports the diverse Phillips Neighborhood of Minneapolis through a number of social programs. It aims to be a hub of urban agriculture and is the home of the Phillips Community Healthy Living Initiative (PCHLI), which is a collaboration…

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This article originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Northern Gardener. Teaming up with Mankato Area Public Schools and Blue Earth County State Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), the Minnesota River Valley Master Gardeners helped the staff and youth participants in the district’s after-school childcare program plant 4-by-12-foot raised bed vegetable gardens last summer. The…

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This article originally appeared in the January/February 2017 issue of Northern Gardener. In 2013, the Bemidji Community Food Shelf (BCFS) needed more fresh fruits and vegetables for its clients, so supporters took matters into their own hands. In collaboration with community partners, they started a farm with three goals: Provide high quality, fresh produce for…

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This article originally appeared in the November/December 2016 issue of Northern Gardener. Kent Petterson, owner of Terrace Horticultural Books, shows his support for MSHS in many ways. He’s a lifetime member, a longtime donor, a 150th anniversary sponsor, and Terrace Books is also an MSHS discount card partner. Terrace is the largest seller of books,…

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This Growing Together feature first appeared in the November/December issue of Northern Gardener. The Merriam Station Community Garden in St. Paul, this year’s winner of MSHS’ St. Paul Garden Club Award, has a surprising history. The now flourishing spot was first a railroad depot, then houses, and then a dingy, illegal dumpsite until 2012—that’s when…

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With Minnesota’s annual Give to the Max Day just around the corner, we’ve been thinking about the visionary gardeners who support MSHS now, and those who have supported the work of the society for the past 150 years. It’s thanks to their understanding of the importance of gardening in our communities that has made the…

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Each garden bloggers from around the United States, Canada and beyond get together for a three-day “fling” in a city. Last weekend, the bloggers visited the Twin Cities and one of their stops was Vera’s Garden, a fantastic community garden that volunteers nurture along the Midtown Greenway bike trail in Minneapolis. The garden, as one…

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This article originally appeared in the May/June issue of Northern Gardener. On property owned by Retail Construction Services (RCS) in Lake Elmo, University of MInnesota Extension Master Gardeners from Washington County maintain a 6,000 square foot corporate teaching giving garden. More than 200 youth and 200 adult volunteers are active in the garden. They grow…

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Project for Pride in Living (PPL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering low-income people to become self-reliant—from housing rehab to education and job training to community enrichment. “When redeveloping the Hawthorne neighborhood in north Minneapolis, we wanted a green focus,” says project manager Josh Tolkan. Hawthorne EcoVillage consists of four city blocks where PPL…

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Each year, MSHS honors individuals and groups that represent the exemplary achievements gardeners make in Minnesota, though community gardening and public greening efforts. This year’s awards were presented Saturday. Congratulations to this great group of winners. (For more information on each of the MSHS award winners, check out the November/December issue of Northern Gardener.) Life…

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