gardening and urban agriculture

Improvements at Corcoran Community Garden

You may have noticed the awesome new additions at the Corcoran Community Garden.


TC Spotlight | Urban agriculture in the Twin Cities

For this week’s TC Spotlight, we decided to keep the outdoor summer theme and shine a spotlight on the ever-growing urban agriculture movement in the Twin Cities.

Urban agriculture comes in various forms and benefits urban communities in many ways. Urban farms provide fresh local food sources and economic development, and they create a space for social interaction, neighborhood beautification, and engagement. Below we’ve highlight just a few of the many organizations that specialize in urban agriculture and how you can support them. Feel free to use the comment section to chime in on your favorite sources of local produce and all things urban agriculture.


Project Sweetie Pie is a non-profit organization that aims to revitalize North Minneapolis by training and employing young people to plant and grow food in scattered gardens in the city.

1418 Oliver Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Youth Farm specializes in youth development and leadership through the cultivation and selling of food in five communities in the Twin Cities.

128 West 33rd Street, Suite 2
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Sustainable-food initiative Urban Oasis kicks off with August 17 festival

(Margie O'Laughlin, Sandhill Photography) Above, chefs Jenny Breen and Bridger Merkt share their thoughts about condiments in preparation for the first Urban Oasis event on Sunday, August 17.

Is Dayton’s Bluff about to become the capital of Minnesota’s sustainable- food movement?


Twin Cities farmers want city officials to do more for urban farms

(Photo courtesy of Stone's Throw Urban Farm)

Urban agriculture may be a growing trend, but some Minneapolis farmers believe the movement may become stagnant if city officials don’t make active pushes to support it.


Jack Dog Farms: Urban farming in South Minneapolis

The Standish and Ericsson neighborhoods have many assets: lakes, parks, restaurants, shops, light rail, a farm. Wait a minute! A farm? In the city? You betcha. It’s called Jack Dog Farms, and it’s located on the southwest corner of Standish Ave. and E. 38th St.


Sabes JCC's community garden promotes connection to Jewish values

Greenery surrounded Makai Dorfman, Judaic and garden specialist at the Sabes JCC’s Camp Olami, as he enthusiastically walked through the garden that he helped create. He explained its unique qualities.


Research funding boost to help new University Bee Lab facility in battle against waning honeybee population

Bee Squad team member Chris Kulhanek carries a frame from a hive at the rooftop apiary at Urban Ventures in south Minneapolis on Monday afternoon. Recent state allocations will partially fund the construction of a new University Bee Lab on the St. Paul campus. (Photo by Chelsea Gortmaker)

Midsummer sunrays beamed on Monday as University of Minnesota researchers let a swarm of buzzing honeybees loose, allowing them to forage nearby fields before returning to the experiment’s site on the St. Paul campus.


Corcoran GROWS Hammer-Swinging Pancake Brunch

Last summer, a few neighbors and I made several rain barrels. My rain barrel has been sitting in my garage for a year. That, of course, is procrastination. This happens to many people with good intentions of saving water and utilizing rainwater. And often, like myself, they do put environmental issues high on the priority list but still have trouble getting the tools, help, and motivation to make it work. In my case, I didn't want to put out my rain barrel partly because I needed a stand for it.

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