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: