Giving residents the opportunity to
grow their own fruits and vegetables
Why Community Gardens?
- Community Gardens create green space
- Community Gardens bring people together and provide an outlet for heatlhy eating, exercise, and sharing of knowledge
The Health Department is working to increase access to healthy, affordable food by improving residents' ability to garden in their communities. Main priorities include:
- Supporting the Local Food Resource Hubs Network (Hubs Network): Work with Gardening Matters and their partners to connect community members connect community members to the Hubs Network, and provide the education and resources needed to grow, preserve, cook, and compost their own fresh produce.
- Working with the Minneapois Highrise Representative Council and other landlords to allow gardening on Minneapolis Public Housing Authority land and rental property.
- Exploring revisions to City policies to better connect community gardeners with vacant land, water, and composting resources.
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- Since 2011, the number of Hubs memberships has grown, 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 Freedom 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 the 24th Street Urban Farm.
Are you interested in gardening or already a gardener? Learn more about the Hubs Network at www.gardeningmatters.org/hubs!
- Hubs Network Year 1 Evaluation
- Hubs Network Cultural Liaison Model Evaluation
- Click on this link to find a map of current community gardens in the City of Minneapolis
- Homegrown Minneapolis: For Gardeners page
Last updated May 29, 2014