History of PSP (North High and Rose McGee)
This is not the first opportunity for Project Sweetie Pie to use neighborhood scattered gardens to seed community activism and help the community’s youth bring food justice issues forward. PSP started as a response to the closing of North High School. Project Sweetie Pie has a similar history to Kingfield—community misunderstanding and disenfranchisement. When the school board was about to close North High, Project Sweetie Pie started a program to grow sweet potato plants in the North High green house. Within three months in 2011, 5 scattered gardens were developed. Community members joyfully came together to work in the gardens under the watchful eyes of the University of Minnesota’s master gardeners who taught youngsters how to plant and tend gardens. Rose McGee purchased the sweet potatoes to make sweet potato pies. Artists and chefs came to the gardens to show people how to prepare the fresh vegetables and how to celebrate this new urban gardening. The next year, 2012, 10 gardens were nurtured. This year more than 20 gardens will be cultivated—seeds are being grown at the Shakopee Mdewanketon reservation, North High and at various churches and schools. Project Sweetie Pie is working with Community Table to aggregate the produce from the gardens and sell it to the Minneapolis Public Schools so that the kids eat what they grow.
Celebrating at the Morrill Hall/Rachel Tilsen Fund Dinner on May 4, 2013 are Rose McGee, Michael Chaney, Rep. Karen Clark and Peg Thomas