Aug. 10 declared Community Garden Day in Minneapolis

Today the Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Rybak declared Aug. 10 Community Garden Day in the City of Minneapolis. Gardens bring a multitude of benefits including nutritious food; exercise and community connections for its residents; and the beauty of green, growing things.

Community gardens are hosting free neighborhood celebrations Aug. 10 for the public. Visitors can learn directly from community gardeners about these community spaces and get to know their communities better in the process. Community garden tour information is available from Gardening Matters at www.gardeningmatters.org/events/cgd2013.

Community gardening is one of many ways to make Minneapolis a more livable, attractive, resilient and healthy city. Through Homegrown Minneapolis, the City works across departments and throughout communities to align City regulations, policies and programs with goals as complex as reducing levels of obesity to goals as simple as people gardening with their neighbors – enjoying the basic human skills of planting, working together and harvesting.

With the nutrition of fresh produce and the physical work of gardening, Minneapolis residents get healthier. With the cooperation of neighbors, residents get closer to each other and stronger in their community lives. With the growing plants, gardens reduce the urban heat island effect and filter rainwater, helping to keep rivers, lakes and groundwater clean.

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The City of Minneapolis supports community gardening by providing compost and access to water and linking residents, gardeners and entrepreneurs with seeds, seedlings, tools, education and connections. The City resolution on Community Garden Day lists more of the benefits of community gardens.

Homegrown Minneapolis is a citywide initiative expanding our community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods. For more information visit www.minneapolismn.gov/homegrown.

Published Aug. 2, 2013