Food access, whether from shopping centers or community gardens, is problematic for many individuals in urban and suburban settings. Transportation to a supermarket is problematic because many times opportunities for growing one's own food do not even exist. There are many vacant lots and areas available for large garden spaces. In order to establish a community garden, it only takes a few people to organize and build ownership in the neighborhood. In this workshop we will follow the process of acquiring land, developing the resources needed in the garden spaces, and design infrastructure to grow food in those spaces. Most of the obstacles to creating a community garden are not unexpected by those having gone through the process, but understanding these obstacles and the reasons they exist is the first step to surmounting them and building advocacy to create a garden space. In this workshop we will use case studies of local community gardens and how they developed and prospered over the years. We will learn about the politics involved within the garden, between the gardeners, and with the neighbors and city. We also we will see how the garden is an asset to a neighborhood and not an eyesore. It raises the spirits and security of all those involved for food and community. We will also study how gardens increase the natural capital of a neighborhood or town. How the garden creates beneficial habitat for pollinators, beneficial insects, and birds. In this course we will redefine the community garden as you may have never understood it before.
We are excited to partner with Gardening Matters for this workshop. Gardening Matters is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting and preserving community gardening across the Twin Cities by connecting gardeners to each other and to the communities in which they reside. They provide training and resources to support community gardeners in achieving community gardens that are successful and sustainable, making them a great partner for a workshop like this!
Logistical info -
Sabathani Community Center is on 38th Street, which is on a bus line. Conference Room D is located on the 3rd Floor. Elevator is on the eastern hall way. Parking lot is adjacent east of building. On street parking is also available and is not metered.