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Growing Food, Health, Connectedness, People, and Peace

The Aurora St. Anthony Peace Sanctuary Garden, developed 10 years ago by African American community leaders as a place to use gardening as a tool for community building, is a collaboration of six individual community gardens and backyard box gardeners growing food in the Summit-University (Rondo) and Frogtown neighborhoods in St. Paul. Through the cultivation and sharing of food, they promote reconciliation, healing, peace, and social and environmental justice. Their project is focused on creating a Neighborhood Garden Alliance that will work to strengthen the connections and relationships between the area’s many gardeners and gardens. The Neighborhood Garden Alliance will seek to feed the neighborhood by empowering people to grow their own food, meet, work with their neighbors, and share Rondo’s food culture with their families while fostering an increased sense of ownership by strengthening a connection to the land. The alliance will be a vehicle for community building among the area’s diverse residents, increasing access to fresh foods and engaging new leaders in their community through gardening.

Project Award Date: 
Community organization or agency: 
Aurora St. Anthony Peace Sanctuary Garden
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988