Urban Gardening Goes to the Fair!

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.

Here are some photos of the fair:


Project Sweetie Pie at the Fair tomorrow Aug 30th

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

Mosaic gardenProject 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

Gardens to the Markets in North Minneapolis
Gardens to the Markets in North Minneapolis


“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

This summer has changed lives
This summer has changed lives

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

Community Gardens in North Minneapolis!

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.
OASIS of Love, Inc.
2304 Emerson Avenue North
612/529-6055 or 612/287-9775
preferred email:  oasisofloveinc@comcast.net
GardeningMatters.org says:
Remember there are tons of other gardens and fun activities on Saturday Aug 10th. Check out the website gardening matters.org for maps and lists.
A Memo from Chris Kosowski: North End Community Garden, with the Project Sweetie Pie plot, is having an open house celebration too!  Contact Anita Wallace (walla027@umn.edu) for details.

Thanks, Chris Kosowski
It starts in a garden
Here is the Northside Community Garden as well!







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 info@projectsweetiepie.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: supermanproject.rh@gmail.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: silvia@corcoranneighborhood.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. ppcg.info@gmail.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. wpccngmember@gmail.com or find on Facebook


www.gardeningmatters.org 612-821-2358


To Market To Market

You might have seen some of our photos on Facebook. We have thousands of them.

Now that the STEP-UP kids are in their last week, we are hoping to have them finish their stories and will post them for you. But here are a few photos with your morning coffee: