Gardening and Urban Farming Academy June 1


Community Garden Academy

Working in partnership with Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, ScottsMiracle-Gro, Gardening Matters, Mpls Homegrown, Project Sweetie Pie, an educational program for community gardeners will be offered for free:

Sunday, June 1 from 3:00 – 5:30 pm at Rainbow Terrace Community Room, 1710 Plymouth Ave. N. Minneapolis 55411.          

Pizza will be served.

GRO1000 Community Garden Academy is a 2.5-hour free workshop designed to bring together those individuals invested in community gardens to discuss gardening best practices and sustainability. The Academy will be led by community garden expert Bill Dawson of the award-winning Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Bill Dawson has devoted his lifetime to teaching others about his love of gardening and nature and inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds by his passion and enthusiasm for his work.

Franklin Botanical Park Bill has worked at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for over 20 years and has been leading the Conservatory’s Growing to Green Community Garden Program since 2000. Since the creation of Growing to Green in 2000, Bill has helped to grow the number of community gardens in Columbus, Ohio from a dozen to more than 250 in just 14 years. Today, thanks to Bill’s help, the City of Columbus has more thriving community gardens per capita than any other major metropolitan city.

Please RSVP to: space is limited to 40 people so make your reservation now.

Environmental Initiative Fetes Project Sweetie Pie

Project Sweetie Pie Earns 2 Environmental Initiative Awards

Environmental-InitiativeMay 22, 2014–Project Sweetie Pie was awarded the “Community Action” and the “Partnerships” award before 480 guests at the Environmental Initiative Awards Ceremony at the Nicollet Inn Pavillion.

Project Sweetie Pie was was selected as exemplifying the Environmental Initiative’s mission to build networks of nonprofit, business, and governmental leaders to work collaboratively to solve environmental problems. Established in 1994, the awards honor partnerships, inspire other organizations to create similar projects, and encourage collaborative approaches to environmental problem solving.

Project Sweetie Pie was a part of the Community Action category along with sister projects, the Frogtown Park and Farm, and the Maplewood Living Streets Policy and Demonstration Project. Other categories included: Energy and Climate, Environmental Education, Food Stewardship, Natural Resources, and Sustainable Business.

Project Sweetie Pie won the Community Action category and was also the winner of eighteen finalists projects receiving the Partnership of the Year Award.

“We are thrilled to be selected as a champion in this great collection of wise and innovative solutions to environmental challenges facing our communities in Minnesota. We look forward to developing new partnerships, making new connections and working together. We hope to bring urban agriculture, solar and other technologies together to create an economic cluster featuring food production, processing and food distribution. We envision training and 21st century jobs for hundreds of residents moving out of poverty. We know it can be done. We want to show the country that focusing on the creation of sustainable wage jobs is as important to our regional vitality as focusing on high end professional jobs. Project Sweetie Pie is seeding change, and we are honored to be recognized as doing things in an admirable way”, stated Michael Chaney, founder.