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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Minnesota Green: Payne-Phalen Pocket Parks

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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Minnesota Green: Pines School

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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Minnesota Green: Redeemer Landscapers

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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