Archive Hosted by the AFL-CIO

VIDEO: Feeding the Community Through Community Gardening

August 11, 2014 By Katie Lescarbeau, Policy Associate

A community garden flourishes and a St. Paul food shelf enjoys its harvest. This summer, the St. Anthony Community Garden and Keystone Community Services food shelf have a wonderful partnership with more than 60 pounds in produce donations going to those who need it most. Members of the St. Paul neighborhood love the community building aspect the garden brings and Keystone Community Services clients benefit from all the fresh produce.

The garden was started in 1981 by volunteers who rented land from the Burlington Railroad company until 1988 when they came together and worked with the St. Anthony community council to purchase the land through business donations, resident donations, and grants.

Every Monday, the garden donates from the two plots that are dedicated to the food shelf in addition to individual plot donations. The food shelf has been very happy with the amount of donations they've seen this year. Christine Pulver, Director of Basic Needs at Keystone Community Services, says, "It's been amazing to see our clients use more and more of that produce and learn about more varieties that they may not have used before."

Minnesota 2020 had the opportunity to learn more about the partnership.

 

Thanks for participating! Commenting on this conversation is now closed.