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Community Gardening

The Department of Horticultural Science and the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesotan are dedicated to promoting diversity through their outreach and inclusion efforts. The Department of Horticultural Sciences, CFANS, and Gordon Parks developed a unique pilot program in summer 2009. Faculty and students associated with the Student Organic Farm, otherwise known as Cornercopia, at the University of Minnesota collaborated with faculty and staff from Gordon Parks High School and AfroEco to create a unique summer school credit class that educated youth about sustainable agriculture, art and economic and social justice. The project in 2010 built a hoop house, otherwise known as a greenhouse, on the high school campus. The greenhouse serves as a living classroom for students to learn about direct seeding, transplanting, and season extension. The work engaged neighborhood residents, U of M professors and students with low-income youth of color. Participants learned a great deal about to grow edible landscapes, how to increase food access and economic justice. The project built a long lasting partnership between the organizations that continues to engage these diverse groups around local food issues.

Project Award Date: 
Community organization or agency: 
Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation / Gordon Parks High School
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988