A Skill Share for Urban Lands and Communities
What began in 2015 as a series of skillshares grew to encompass two gardens, 24 cohort members, and a ripple of knowledge to at least 100 others who attended a series of talks and meals. Ripple Ecology was a partnership between Land Stewardship Project, Gardening Matters, Permaculture Research Institute, and Waite House.
In 2016, PRI board member Martin Brown, staff member at Waite House, a Minneapolis community engagement hub; Alisa Hoven, coordinator of Hope Community's Food, Land & Community program; and staff from the Land Stewardship Project and Gardening Matters organized a series of mini-courses taught by local experts on soil remediation, water management, wild foraging, seed saving, and food preservation. During the five-month program, the coordinating team presented information on teaching and facilitation skills, then organized opportunities for the cohort to present their knowledge at Hope Community and Mashkiikii Gitigan, an Ojibwe medicine garden, both in South Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood.
The program was supported by a Hennepin County Green Partners grant.