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Community Gardens increase access to healthy, affordable foods and help building a strong local food system.
Join Gardening Matters and Hubs members for the next Hubs Network meeting on Tuesday, November 12 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
The Health Department and Gardening Matters are partnering on the Local Food Resource Hubs Network (Hubs Network). The Hubs Network provides resources and education needed to grow, preserve, cook, and compost fresh produce. Gardening Matters also works with Afro Eco, Waite House, and CAPI to recruit members of the African American, Latino, and Southeast Asian communities, connecting members to gardening opportunities in their neighborhood.
In 2014, the Health Department will work on the following projects:
- Help Gardening Matters maintain their partnerships with Afro Eco and CAPI, and develop a new partnership with the American Indian community.
- Work with the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority and other landlords to allow gardening on rental property.
- Support City policies to better connect community gardeners with vacant land, water, and composting resources.
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- Since 2011, the number of memberships continues to increase steadily, reaching 900 in 2013.
- More diversity in Hubs Network membership - in 2013, 157 members from the African American, Latino, and Southeast Asian communities joined the Hubs Network.
- In 2012, Afro Eco worked with more than 300 youth from six schools and two Fredom Schools in the gardens.
- In 2013, Afro Eco added 22 new gardens, CAPI started and/or expanded nine gardens primarily in north Minneapolis, and Waite House supported teh 24th Street Urban Farm.
- New Hubs Network members stated that their gardening knowledge and skills increased, and that they eat more fruits and vegetables.
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Did you know...?
People who garden reap health benefits! Gardening is great physical activity, and gardeners get to eat the nutritious fruits and veggies they grow.
- Hubs Network Year 1 Evaluation
- Hubs Network Cultural Liaison Model Evaluation
- Link to Map of Community Gardens in the City
- CPED map of vacant land that can be leased for community gardens
Last updated Oct. 31, 2013