We have big plans for the Cleveland Community Garden in 2016 and you can help us get there. Our Garden Task Force is raising funds for a SeedMoney Challenge Grant to cover the cost of tools for our community garden. We only have 30 days to raise $400, and if we succeed, SeedMoney will match it! Here’s where you can donate and here is some more info about the garden project:
The Cleveland Neighborhood Community Garden opened in spring 2015 with the purpose of being a catalyst for economic development and community engagement in an area of the Twin Cities that has been recognized as a food desert. We strive to achieve this goal by collaborating with local businesses, educational institutions, and youth organizations to offer hands-on education to help food insecure youth and families to better understand and provide access to food and nutrition and gain skills that empower them to be positive contributors to a healthier neighborhood.
Anyone is welcome to plant, cultivate, and harvest fresh, organic produce from the garden at no cost. We only ask that they volunteer their time in the garden to help with maintenance and attend educational workshops when they are able. Workshop curriculum has included composting, recycling, gardening basics, and health/nutrition. We have a number of goals as we move into 2016. We will continue growing food for residents residing in North Minneapolis and hope to create a surplus in which we are able to donate to local food shelves. We have committed to be one of the principle sites for a newly formed composting cooperative. This cooperative aims to educate local business in organics recycling and to provide employment opportunities. Our garden is also a member of a group of local community gardens that is working in collaboration to obtain a green house. The green house will be a site utilized for gardening and economic education, and projects to grow produce and create products in order to partner with local businesses and restaurants to create buy back produce.