In 2014 the Urban Farm and Garden Alliance (UFGA) brought together 6 unique community garden plots in the Aurora/St. Anthony and Frogtown Neighborhoods.
Peace Sanctuary Garden
Located at 851 Aurora Ave. In existence for over 15 years, it is a small oasis of food and flowers that offers weekly children’s environmental, gardening and healthy eating education programming. It is highly valued by surrounding residents as a central gathering place, and where they receive spring plants and vegetables free of charge. The Peace Sanctuary Garden leadership is responsible for the creation of Reconciliation Lunch Group, it inspired the UF&GA collaboration and played a part in the creation of most member gardens. The leadership also partners with Maxfield School’s Public Achievement classes to sow plants in the spring for all Alliance gardens and to maintain the school garden there. This coming fall we will be working with Maxfield science teacher, Cora Greenawald to create a gardening program for second grade science classes. Volunteer leaders are Melvin Giles, Diane Dodge and Megan Phinney.
Victoria Community Garden
Centrally located in the heart of the Old Historic Rondo community, on the corner of No. Victoria and & Concordia. Garden leader, Adrienne Hannert, owns this lot with her husband, and started the community garden about 6 years ago hoping to “build community among neighbors through something positive, beautiful and healthy.” It has been nurtured from a grass covered empty space into a growing, vibrant community garden full of plots and raised beds where surrounding neighborhood members grow fresh food and community.
Morning Star Baptist Church
Located at 739 Selby Ave. Pastor Carl Walker coordinates two garden spaces, one next to the church, worked by congregation members, and a larger space across the street gardened by 4 partners: UJAMAA, Garden-in-a-Box, Community Mothers and Children, St. Clement’s Episcopal Church. These organizations and members of the Morning Star congregation all benefit from the garden’s harvest.
Pilgrim Church Community Garden
Located at 732 Central Avenue West. This historic church community was the first African American Baptist congregation in Saint Paul, formed in 1863 by 50 African Americans who escaped slavery. This garden is the largest in the UF&GA, with plots for neighbors & church members, a supervised youth gardening space, and communal garden space to supply fresh produce for the church’s food shelf. This spring the UF&GA constructed a Hoop House structure at this garden to extend the growing season. Volunteer leader is Nate Galloway.
375 Lexington Pkwy. Lexington Commons is an apartment complex with 48 apartments housing formerly homeless single adults. The garden is the smallest of the UF&GA, however, expanding and growing as more residents take interest and participate in the garden. Two new ADA raised beds will be added this fall. Garden leaders are Carmita McGlory and Brian Pettee.
Greenhouse Garden- Frogtown
Located at 533 Dale Street N. This garden is currently in transition and we will be negotiating their UF&GA status. Youth Farm is currently sustaining and growing at the site.
Backyard Box Gardeners
Backyard Box Gardeners
In addition to the six community gardens, the Community Stabilization Project (CSP), a collaborating member, launched a project in 2012 to build backyard food growing boxes, with the goal of increasing resident understanding of nutritious eating, providing a new source of locally-grown fruits and vegetables and supporting increased resident engagement and civic involvement. Contact is Melvin Giles. Second Group – in 2014 33 residents received a “Garden-in-a-Box” kit, participating in a program created by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society to provide a gardening opportunity for low-income families and children to grow their own vegetables. Two UF&GA leaders, Nate Galloway and Melvin Giles serve as the coordinators to identify and coordinate the activities of the gardeners.