MINNEAPOLIS - A garden built the weekend of May 19 wouldn't be a big story on its own but when you find out about the garden in north Minneapolis in the Hawthorne neighborhood at 21st and Dupont, you will realize what a big deal this garden is and will continue to be.
Sue Friedman from Friedman Department Store in North Minneapolis contacted us earlier this year and told us about an amazing project that was starting to get off the ground. The area that was devastated by the tornado in May of 2011 was the area that Sue along with number of other organizations wanted to put a community garden.
Fast forward a few months and on a windy warm Saturday a garden was being built. The space is known as the Kwanzaa Community Garden and is leased through the Kwanzaa Community Church from the city and county. It is a partnering together to give the garden a boost and increase production for the community of Kwanzaa folks that has been working to grow the garden as well as opening some of the made over site to a program called the Hawthorne Community Garden for Kids to help teach sustainable gardening practices as well as entrepreneurial skills to sell some of the produce they grow at the West Broadway Farmers Market.
It was helped by community funds from the Hawthorne Neighborhood Council as well as Accenture through HandsOn Twin Cities. The University of Minnesota College of Design in both the Bachelor of Design in Architecture program and members of Students for Design Activism which was an initiative of engaged Masters of Landscape Architecture students contributed in helping design the garden. The plants were donated by Grassroot Growers in Maplewood Minnesota.
I want to thank Abby Gaul from HandsOn Twin Cities, James Wheeler from the University of Minnesota College of Design and Architecture and Sue Friedman for sharing this great story and making their community a better place.
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