Gardening and Local Food Resources

GARDENING RESOURCES

City of Saint Paul Healthy and Local Food site: Learn about City services, programs and community resources that support healthy food access and urban food production. Includes information on zoning and permits, food waste, community kitchens, and community gardens, farmers markets and more. 

Gardening Matters: Coalition building, information, advocacy and more on community gardening. 

Midway Local Food Resource Hub: Become a member and gain access to a wealth of resources including seeds, seedlings, classes (last year's classes included Edible Landscaping, Beekeeping, Seed Saving, Canning/Preserving, Pest Management and more!), a tool library, and a network of fellow local food gardeners and advocates in Saint Paul. Applications to join the Hub will be available at the beginning of February at the Community Council office. Scholarships available. 

Minnesota Extension Service Yard and Garden News: Newsletter and online resources for gardeners. 

Yards to Gardens: Looking for a place to garden? Have some extra yard space you could share? This website connects people who are looking for gardening space with people who have space available. 

Twin Cities Urban Ag Connection: A networking tool with info about urban agricultural activities in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

BillyOh: Billy Oh published a massive gardening guide that shares tips on starting a garden, planning, soil preparation and nourishment, tools to use, seeds, transplanting, seeds, basic vegetable and fruit gardening and much much more. 

 

FARMERS MARKETS
Highland Farmers Markethttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mattimattila/
Open Saturdays from June through September, 7:30am to 11:30 am. Located in the parking lot behind Starbucks coffee at the intersection of Ford Parkway and Cleveland Ave.

St. Thomas More Church Market
Fridays, May - October, 1.15 p.m. - 5 p.m. Another satellite market of the St. Paul Farmers Market, this market is held on Friday afternoons at St. Thomas More Church, on the corner of Summit Avenue and Lexington Avenue, St. Paul. The market is in the lot behind the church. There's plenty of free street parking around the market.

Downtown St. Paul Farmer's Market
Saturdays and Sundays, April - November.
Saturday hours: 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday hours: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Winter Market: Saturdays, December 1 - April 20, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Downtown in the Lowertown District at the corner of Fifth Street and Wall Street. Live bands play every weekend, children's crafts, and Master Gardeners in attendance to give out garden advice. Free parking is available in several lots surrounding the market, and meter parking is free on Saturday and Sunday near the market.

Seventh Place Mall Market
7th Place, Downtown St. Paul. 7th Place connects St. Peter Street and Wabasha Street, between 7th and 6th Street.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, June - October, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Tuesday market closes earlier in the year than the Thursday market. Check their website for the latest information on opening hours. 

The Seventh Place Mall Market is held in the pedestrianized part of Seventh Street, opposite the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul. It's smaller than the main Lowertown market, but still has a good selection of goods for sale.

COMMUNITY GARDENS
Celeste’s Dream Community Garden
1884 Randolph Ave, St. Paul
Located in the yard behind the O’Shaughenessy Auditorium

Celeste’s Dream Community Garden is sponsored by Celeste’s Dream: Spirituality for Young Adults Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Enjoy healthy produce, learn organic gardening, give to those in need and dig into the big picture. Volunteers garden one large plot collectively.  Neighbors are welcome to join us.  Last season we had St. Kate’s students, neighbors, young adult professionals, Sisters of St Joseph and Consociates and families join the garden. http://www.flickr.com/photos/donnaonearth/

We gather in January and February to plan, design and order seeds.  We start all our seedlings and divide them up among participants to care for in homes.  In May, we begin gathering regularly on Tuesday nights to prepare the garden and plant.  We continue to meet every Tuesday night throughout the summer and until the first frost.  We share the work and the harvest with those that come and bring produce to Halley Q. Brown food shelf.  See our webpage for more details or call 651-696-2872.

Dunning Community Garden
1221 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul at the Intersection of Concordia Blvd & Griggs Blvd (between Hamline & Lexington).
Established in 2006, The Dunning Community Garden, provides a place for residents to grow a diversity of produce in the heart of St. Paul. This garden is possible thanks to the people, organizations and businesses that support it: St. Paul Parks and Rec workers, Ramsey County Sentence to Service, Kor and his immigrant volunteers, students from Skills for Tomorrow School, Farm in the City employees, Gardenworks staff, St. Paul Garden Club, Flannery Construction, and, of course, the gardeners. The garden is run and maintained by the gardeners. Contact for plot availability.
E-mail: dunninggardenstp@gmail.com

Eleanor Graham Community Garden
1335 Ashland Ave
The Eleanor Graham Community Garden, managed by the District Council, features some thirty plots for seasonal rent by our neighbors. It has grown from its ten original plots in 1982 to thirty plots. In 2007, A restoration process was started to care for our two ancient oaks and to groom the common space, making the garden a destination and community gathering place. In addition, the garden was gifted with five fruit trees -- plum, cherry and apricot -- and also sports a newly planting flower bed around our sign at the entrance to the garden. Plots are in great demand, so call early to check for availability.  Phone: (651) 646-5757. E-mail: poultonbrian@aol.com

Fort Road Community Garden
Jefferson and Victoria
Started in 2010, this new community garden hosts a youth part in partnership with the West 7th Community Center, and has a food shelf giving program. Contact for plot availability.
Email: healthywest7th@unitedfamilymedicine.org
Phone: 651-241-1010

Merriam Station Community Gardenhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/graibeard/
N Prior Ave & Gilbert Ave, just north of I-94
Merriam Station Community Garden began its first season in 2012. Gardeners who join us have the opportunity to shape the growth and development of a spacious piece of land that is centrally located among the Union Park, Hamline-Midway, and St Anthony Park neighborhoods in Saint Paul.

MULCH (Macalester Urban Land and Community Health)
194 Vernon St, just west of the Macalester campus between Princeton and St Clair in St. Paul
MULCH (Macalester Urban Land & Community Health) was established in 1995 by the MULCH student organization supporting a student run community garden at Macalester College. MULCH acts as a first introduction to community gardening and offers an education for students on where their food comes from, how it is grown and helps build community among students, faculty, staff and the neighborhood. All are welcome to come see the new community garden space that has a larger presence in the surrounding community, and is incorporating permaculture techniques. We hope to nurture this space for another 10 years like the old site!

Sholom Community Garden
878 Otto Ave.
This garden is part of the Healthy West 7th Project. Healthy West 7th seeks to improve the health and wellness of Saint Paul’s West End in measureable ways by building relationships throughout our community founded on the unique strengths of our neighborhood. Contact for plot availability.
Email: healthywest7th@unitedfamilymedicine.org
Phone: 651-241-1010

Summit Hill Community Garden
860 St. Clair Ave
The Summit Hill Community Garden is an urban space where community members can come together to learn from each other and the earth. Our goal is to empower people through organic gardening to inspire greater self-sufficiency, sustainability, and environmental responsibility. The Garden is located on the land west of the tennis courts at the Linwood Community Center (860 St. Clair Ave).
Contact: Kate Pearce (mrskatepearce@yahoo.com) or Jeff Roy (summit hill@visi.com)

University of St Thomas Stewardship Garden
Located behind Brady Educational Center on the University of St. Thomas’ south campus near the corner of Woodlawn and Goodrich avenues. The Stewardship Garden, located at the University of St Thomas, was established in 2010 with the three-fold goal of providing fresh, organic produce to nearby low-income communities, education and research opportunities, and community building. We meet weekly throughout the summer to communally work our plots, as well as host community events focusing on gardening, food and sustainability. A portion of the produce is donated to local food shelves, and the rest is available for the friends, relatives, neighbors, students and professors that are involved. We welcome any and all! Please visit our facebook page or contact us directly at uststewardshipgarden@gmail.com.

West 7th Community Center Garden
265 Oneida St
Located at the West 7th Community Center. Contact for plot availability.
Email: healthywest7th@unitedfamilymedicine.org
Phone: 651-241-1010