Summit Hill neighbors plan community garden at Linwood Park


The prospect of a Summit Hill Community Garden is alive and well! Fourteen neighbors interested in building a community garden at Linwood Park (east of the tennis courts) met Tuesday February 28th at the Linwood Community Center to develop plans and determine next steps to make the project a reality.

A big thank you goes out to volunteers on the newly formed planning committee: Laura Michelson, Janet Houck, Anya Abrahamson, Simon Helgesson, Susanne Spitzer, Shelley Furlong, Jesus Ortega, Patti Choate, Zeke Fricke, Libby Furlong, Corrie Weikle, Laurel Kallman, Kate Pearce, Sue Evens, Cathy Ballman, Cat Thompson, Cheryl Robideau and Jeff Roy (SHA Exec Director).

In this initial planning stage, the Summit Hill Community Garden Planning Committee will be developing a vision statement and a guiding policy which will outline how the garden will be run, design, plot sizes, registration process, etc.

Several folks will be contacting leaders of other existing community gardens in St. Paul to see what can be learned about “best practices” that can help minimize “re-inventing the wheel.” Volunteers are also researching potential funding options to cover an estimated $5,000 in costs to provide water to the garden by connecting to the water main under St. Clair Avenue.

The next meeting is Tuesday, April 3rd at Linwood Community Center, at which time the group hopes to approve the vision statement, guiding policy and start finalizing the community garden application required by the city of St. Paul. If questions, please contact Jeff Roy at SHA at 222-1222.