Minnesota Green

Gardens at the Episcopal Homes of Minnesota

This article by Brenda Harivieux originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. The Episcopal Homes of Minnesota in St. Paul has a long history of caring for older adults and offers several care levels and services. With a large campus in the city, gardens are important to the residents. “There’s no green…

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A Garden Trend We Love

It’s that time of year when garden prognosticators are laying out the trends they see on the horizon. The garden trend list from Garden Design, a magazine website for high end gardeners, seems on-track with the trends we see in northern gardens here. Things like finding ways to keep landscapes lower maintenance, incorporating food-growing in…

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Hennepin County Horticultural Society Community Gardeners

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. It’s one of a series of articles about community gardens assisted by the Minnesota Green program of MSHS. The Hennepin County Horticultural Society (HCHS) has tended several gardens at the Faith-Lilac Way Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale for four years.…

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Minnesota Green: CAPI

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the March/April issue of Northern Gardener. CAPI is a nonprofit organization that serves more than 4,000 low-income immigrants and refugees primarily living in Hennepin County. Within its food and nutrition services, CAPI offers a garden program that creates access to culturally suitable food for Hmong, Laotian and…

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Minnesota Green: Minnesota Food Association

This article originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener magazine. For more information about Minnesota Green, contact Tom McKusick at MSHS. The Minnesota Food Association (MFA) operates Big River Farms in Marine on St. Croix where it teaches sustainable farming methods to new farmers, many from diverse backgrounds, who grow certified organic produce.…

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Sisters’ Camelot and Minnesota Green

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. “We want to feed hungry people in our community,” says Andy Lapham, community garden director with Sisters’ Camelot, a community-supported food share with community gardens. Volunteers collect donated organic produce that would otherwise be thrown out and distribute it in low-income neighborhoods…

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Gardens at Waite House Neighborhood Center

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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Minnesota Green: Sherburne County Master Gardeners

The Minnesota Green program has had a big impact on the Sherburne County Master Gardeners’ community gardening projects, and they’ve only participated in the program for one year. “Before Minnesota Green, I was spending money out of my own pocket to get plants for our kids’ gardening programs. I was happy to do it, but…

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Minnesota Green at St. Luke Church

Five years ago, a staff person at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove asked parishioner Dennis Bostrom if he could make something beautiful from a large, untended garden plot at the church. As a longtime gardener, Dennis knew he was up to the challenge. Today, looking at the gorgeous garden that resulted it’s hard…

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Minnesota Green: Hawthorne EcoVillage Garden

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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