Slowly but surely I am getting caught up on all things green here at home and around town. Today I want to again promote and spread the word about the Local Food Resource Hubs, an initiative of Gardening Matters, the Minneapolis Health Department, Homegrown Minneapolis and many other neighborhood and gardening organizations throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Here’s how it works:
- Hubs are organized by neighborhoods. You sign up as a member of your neighborhood (southside, northside, st.paul, etc.) and select a small, medium, or large garden package. There is a sliding scale for each size, and scholarships are available.
- You get seeds and starter plants of your choice, free gardening classes and (starting this year) potential access to a tool lending library.
Starting this year, it is also possible to purchase strawberry and raspberry plants at a steep discount. Seeds are purchased in bulk from Johnny’s Selected Seeds (non GMO!) and repackaged by volunteers into convenient sizes. Plants come from Glacial Ridge Growers (local and also certified organic).
UPDATE: Berry Plants are no longer available for pre-order
NOTE: The first seed distributions have been completed. However, you can still become a member and pick up seeds with your starter plants at the Plant distributions on Saturday, May 18, at several Twin Cities locations. Times and Locations can be found here at the Gardening Matters website. If you missed the online sign-up, you can just bring a check or cash to the distribution and pay then.
Want more information? Please visit http://www.gardeningmatters.org ; Also, you can find a printable brochure and sign up form if you click here, or give Mallory a call at 612-821-2358.
It's not only a great deal, but a great way to connect with neighbors around growing, cooking, preserving, and composting your own fresh food!
Happy Planning & Planting!