Thanks to dozens of Project Sweetie Pie supporters and hundreds of corporations and individuals. Urban gardening had its day at the Mn State Fair. Our partner Burpee Seeds provided enough packets to distribute to the hundreds of State-Fair Goers. We will be using these seeds during the winter to start seedlings for next year’s gardens.
Armed with produce and knowledgeable volunteers!
We were armed with sample produce from Minneapolis urban gardens, seeds from Burpee, handbills, cards and knowledgeable volunteers. Project Sweetie Pie brought the story of the inner city green revolution to the state fair. Young volunteers led conversations which ranged from recipes for pickles, to mulching, soil testing, harvesting produce from scattered sites and volunteering. Many visitors wanted to volunteer for a day or two here or there. And, of course the answer is resoundingly YES! Let us know if you are available to help tend to the gardens between now and the fall by contacting us here!
The events at the Mn State Fair were another way to get the message to countless people that Minneapolis is positioned to become an urban gardening model. Next year, Project Sweetie Pie will explore straw-bale gardening, raised beds on pallets similar to what is being done in Seattle WA, and assigning a master gardener to each garden. As well, more classes are planned to help people use, store and freeze foods from the gardens. We invite you to be a part of this exciting transition.
Come join Project Sweetie Pie in the EcoEducation Building from 8am-8pm as we help people learn about urban agriculture.
Sweetie Pie featured in Southwest Journal
Project Sweetie Pie Garden Troubadours were spotted doing good at Kingfield Park as they installed Mosaic gardens. These gardens have galvanized CultureCafes, designed to bring social justice and urban food issues to the minds of neighbors and friends. We can all do something about these issues as we create a peaceful and powerful world. . . more here
Spokesman Fete’s Project Sweetie Pie as Teens Get Fresh Food by Stephanie Fox
“Teen Led, Teen Fed” quips Founder Michael Chaney at this year’s outstanding young garden troubadours support more than 20+ gardens all over north Minneapolis. . . more here
Minneapolis: Veggies Rule at Oak Park Food Charter from North News by Maddy Wegner
Combining the Minnesota Food charter with the launch of the YouthCafe movement brought food justice issues to the community in a very delicious way. A night of teen talent, food harvested from blocks away and prepared to perfection by Chef Eric Austin (Big E) helped North Minneapolis get on the state of Minnesota’s Food Charter map. . more here
A memo from Ed Brown At Oasis of Love Garden says:
HELLO — PSP !!! EVERYBODY JOIN US at 2304 Emerson Ave North
AGAPE KIDS AND FAMILY GARDEN will host a tour (listed in Garden Day Directory) from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Saturday. We’ll have prizes for the best “top chef” garden fresh recipe and garden poster art contest. People can share their garden stories during our open mike. There’ll be garden tasting, music, and fun.
Here are other gardens all over the city, many in north Minneapolis have been tended by the Project Sweetie Pie/AfroEco/EJAM STEP-UP students this summer:
AGAPE/OASIS Kids & Family Garden Project 2305 Emerson Ave N. Join us for food, art, music, open mic garden storytelling, and prizes for winners of the “top chef garden recipe contest!” 1:30-3:30pm. www.oasisofloveinc.org
Common Ground 52nd & Newton Ave N. Come see the native prairie area, winding shady path, herb garden, and raised vegetable beds. 11:00am-12:30pm. More info: 763-561-1616
Emerson Place Garden 25th Ave N & Emerson Ave N Homemade lemonade, garden tours, and newly installed bee hives! 4-6pm
Hawthorne EcoVillage Community Garden 3100 Lyndale Ave N. Stop in for a snack, garden tour, and more info about our energy efficiency, fore-closure/crime prevention, and other community-based initiatives! 3:00-5:00pm. Facebook- HawthorneEcovillageCommunityGarden
JD Rivers Children’s Garden 2900 Glenwood Ave. Youth will prepare gar-den snacks, provide tours of the garden, and lead scavenger hunts in the garden for kids. 11:30am-1:30pm. More info: 612 499-9248
Kwanzaa Church Community Garden & EJAM 2100 Emerson Ave. N. Fun, kid-friendly event will include demonstration of compressed earth blocks as a construction form! 10am-Noon www.facebook.com/EJAMN.org
North End Community Garden Lowry and Penn Ave N. Snacks, art pro-jects, and garden tours! 12:00-2:00pm. More info: 612-716-1453
The Olive Garden 1422 Oliver Ave N Celebration of “Gardens Galore” in N Mpls with Project Sweetie Pie & Afro Eco. Music, speakers, kids activities, & more! Sisters Camelot will bring their bus and distribute vegetables 2-4pm projectsweetiepie.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Superman Neighborhood Garden 2028 Sheridan Ave N. & Garden of Eating Diabetic Garden 3001 James Ave N. Food, music, games, & more! 12:00-2:30pm. More info: email@example.com or 612-600-3744
St. Olaf Community Campus Farm 2901 Emerson Ave N. Harvest feast featuring youth-grown veggies, youth-led garden tours, bouncy castle, face painting, garden games, and more! 2:00-4:00pm. youthfarmmn.org
Washington Community Garden 3346 Washington Ave N Light snacks, tour led by Hmong gardeners, educational opportunities, and support Go Motor shop. 10:30am-1:30pm More info: 612-721-0122 or capiusa.org
WE WIN Institute 621 Elwood Ave N. African drumming & dance, food, kids activities, & garden tour! 11:00am-1:00pm. More info: 612-721-2364
Fresh Food On 4th 4000 4th Ave S. Collard Green Cook-Off and tasting, a gardening skill share, and many more gardening activities for adults and youth. 12:00pm-2:00pm. More info: 612-280-7072
Jardin Paraiso/Paradise Garden 3405 Chicago Ave. Demos and recipes for purslane, or verdolagas, the edible plant considered a “weed” here. 10am-noon. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Southside Star Community Garden 4100 South 32nd Ave Join us for sto-rytime with Roosevelt Library from 5-5:30pm. The rest of the evening will be filled with food, discussion, kids activities, and tours. 4:00-8:00pm. More info: 612-968-4777
Windom Community Garden 62nd St & Nicollet Ave Potluck picnic, lemon-ade & cookies provided. Face painting, scavenger hunt, crafts, & musical jam—bring your instruments! 4:30-6:30pm. More info: 612-423-7554
Alley Cat Community Garden 3606 . Van Buren St NE Mingle with some gardeners and enjoy acoustic music, face painting, and an art project for kids. Please park on Columbia Pkwy, and walk down alley between Van Buren and Architect. 1:30-3:00pm. More info: 612-703-2102
Fairshare Farm and Como Corner 1000 22nd Ave SE Como Corner Commotion Block Party: Local vendors, artists, musicians, food, and presentations by Como Corner and FairShare Farm gardeners. 12-6pm. www.secomo.org
Foundry Community Garden 349 13th Ave NE Join us for music and a tour of gardens and surrounding businesses. 12:00-4:00pm. More info: 608-628-5432
NE United Methodist Community Garden 2510 Cleveland St NE. Demo for garden markers, recycled garden art projects, and tours led by gardeners! 2:00-5:00pm. More info: 612-789-7462
Prospect Park Community Gardens- Yale 1401 Yale Ave SE Snacks from the onsite brick oven using fresh garden ingredients served from noon-3pm. 10am-3pm. email@example.com
Waite Park Community Garden 3601 Lincoln St NE. Take an evening stroll through the garden and sample some garden produce! 6:30-8:30pm. firstname.lastname@example.org or find on Facebook
COMMUNITY GARDEN DAY IS SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 2013!