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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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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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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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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The Payne-Phalen Pocket Parks in St. Paul were a neighborhood’s response to the housing crisis of a few years ago; on some streets, 50 percent of the houses were vacant. Neighbors developed two empty lots into small parks to change the negative perception of the neighborhood and to make it a safer, more pleasant place…

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This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. New Growth Garden at Pines School Pines School, located on the grounds of the Anoka County Juvenile Center in Lino Lakes, serves middle and high school at-risk youth. In its third year, the 4,000 square foot New Growth Garden was created to develop life…

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This article appears in the March/April 2015 issue of Northern Gardener. When Redeemer Lutheran Church decided to build a new welcome center just over a decade ago, plans for garden spaces were drawn. The Redeemer Landscapers group formed soon afterward. The landscapers have been members of MSHS’ Minnesota Green program since 2005. Over the years,…

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For almost 150 years, MSHS has supported gardeners in Minnesota. The organization started with the early apple growers in the state. It published articles about Victory Gardens during World War II, and was a big part of the effort to create the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. It continues today to provide information, education and inspiration to…

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Wondering about the power of gardens in a community? Here’s one of many stories from MSHS’ Minnesota Green and Garden in a Box program. About three years ago, residents of the Eastview neighborhood in St. Paul went to the District 1 Community Council wanting assistance with public safety and activity development at local parks. The…

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The Kingfield Community Garden Group is a project of the nonprofit Kingfield Neighborhood Association whose mission is to create a network of gardens and access to fresh food throughout the neighborhood in south Minneapolis. “Community gardens work because people take mutual ownership of a space and are brought together because of it,” says Sarah Linnes-Robinson,…

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