Since 2009, the Land Stewardship Project has been working with Hope through an initiative called “Growing Neighborhood Access to Healthy Food.” It’s an attempt to build community power and capacity to shape a strong neighborhood-scale system that ensures reliable, affordable and equitable access to healthy food. We are seeking community leaders who want to shape our food program in 2018. We have weekly and monthly opportunities—all are welcome, all experiences, all possibilities. Our values for this season are collaboration, truth telling and abundance. Join us as we manifest these values in community with each other and create and activate our own food system at Portland/Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis:
• Garden Care—Every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Join the Food, Land and Community program in the garden(s) to learn, grow, and share in the abundance of a communally tended, intergenerational and culturally centered growing space. The garden care sessions will be at the Garden at the Rose, 1900 Portland Ave. S. Contact Alisa Hoven at 612-435-1683.
• Additional Garden Care Time—Thursdays 5 p.m.-8 p.m.: For individual plot gardeners and Women of Color Wellness garden. These sessions will be held by the Hope playground. Contact Maryan Abdinur at 612-806-9845.
• Youth Garden Time—Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.: Youth ages 5 to 13 will gather to learn garden skills, celebrate food and become stewards of the earth. Join us in the garden as we plant seeds, tell stories and grow. Parents, relatives and other adults in the family are welcome to attend and to bring their own ideas for active community making. Open garden time on Wednesdays and lessons on Thursdays. Youth Garden Time will be held at Moonlight Garden, 2012 Oakland Ave. Contact Abé Levine, at 612-435-1683
• Food and Photo Project—Fridays 4 p.m.-6 p.m., starting June 1: An opportunity for youth ages 13-18 to research their own food stories and the food systems of South Minneapolis while documenting their learning through photography. Youth must apply to participate and can earn a $200 stipend upon completion of the project. Youth must apply. Contact Abé Levine at 612-435-1683.
• Community Cooking—Every Wednesday 5 p.m.-8 p.m.: Come join our cooking team, gather over a new recipe, good conversation and a cutting board or participate in a food-based skill share on how to preserve our harvest. Community Cooking events are in the Jourdain Room, 511 E. Franklin Ave. Contact Maryan Abdinur at 612-806-9845.
• Food Forums—Second Saturday every month 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Every second Saturday of the month Food, Land and Community program staff and leaders will join together to share a meal, connect with each other, and advance the food systems work we are co-creating in the Phillips neighborhood. Lunch will be served. Youth welcome! The dates are May 12, June 9, July 14, July 11, September 8, October 13, November 10 and December 8. These forums will be held in the Jourdain Room, 511 E. Franklin Ave. Contact Eric Avery via e-mail.
• Green Zones—"Green Zones" are rooted in environmental and economic justice, anti-displacement, equity, policy and much more.We’ve wrapped up our initial series of 101s about creating Green Zones in the community. We are grateful for hosting that space with community, opening up our learning together with you. Stay tuned for more opportunities with Green Zones as the Task Force process wraps up and the next phase of this work moves onward! We are committed to co-creating and co-learning with you on ways we can shape local policy that impacts our food, our land and our community. For now, check out this flyer with details on the initiative.