Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Frogtown Farm

Here's a piece of local good news: Frogtown Farm is really getting going. The urban farm, which was fought for by the community that surrounds it, will be the largest food-growing area in St. Paul, while it also provides park land and play areas for kids.

This Saturday they're hosting a free food fair from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with music, workshops, soil testing and (of course) free food. The park and farm includes three growing fields, a commons area for community growing, a children’s area, and an outdoor kitchen.

The land was once owned by the Wilder Foundation, a long-time St. Paul philanthropic institution. When the foundation moved to a new location several year ago, it looked like the land would be sold for development in the low-income neighborhood, which is close to the State Capitol. Instead, neighbors organized to raise money and get the city's park system involved, pointing out that their area is under-served by the parks and lacks green space relative to other areas.

The farm portion is located along the Minnehaha Avenue side of the site, it looks like, so if you can stop by, that's where to look.

I hope to be there!

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