Building Urban Food Sources
Each spring we build and maintain community gardens in working class neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. These gardens do not follow the traditional model of leasing out parcels to individuals; rather, everything is communally worked, and the produce is free for community members to enjoy. We offer donation-based workshops, giving people the opportunity to learn how to grow their own healthy food, and hold neighborhood events to bring people together. Any surplus produce goes toward our foodshare program.
When NCFA first began, we built gardens at our office and in community member’s yards. Our program has since expanded; we now take advantage of Minneapolis’ program of leasing vacant lots for the purpose of growing food. We started one such garden in North Minneapolis in 2017; this is now our sole garden project. If you live in the area and are interested in volunteering, please contact us!