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St Paul Community Gardens: A Study of Public Land Use Policies and Relationships with District Councils.

Noy, Brian.

The Twin Cities is home to an impressive number of community gardens. As the pressure for development increases and vacant spaces disappear, it is necessary for communities to begin to look towards public lands. It is also vital that they understand how public agencies and community organizations interact with each other and how they can cooperate to create and protect lasting gardening spaces. This research project created an inventory of public land use policies in St Paul and Ramsey County to assist garden organizers in locating and acquiring space for community gardens. It also provides the city's water utility policy specific to community gardens. The research found that gardening is possible on most types of public lands and that gardens have had successful relationships with most of these landowning agencies. The lack of this policy information has been found to be a crucial barrier to the implementation of gardens and have in some cases prevented their development. The project also looks at how district councils interact with local gardens and gardeners. District councils both collaborate with city planners and act as community organizers making them extremely valuable to St Paul gardens. On planning issues, they can work to protect endangered gardens and as organizers they can connect residents with gardens and publicize on their behalf. Councils exist as non-profit organizations while having a direct relationship with the city government allowing them to have access to a many different sources of funding and public lands not available to other organizations. The report outlines how councils interact with gardens and suggests where improvements can be made.

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Conducted on behalf of Greenspace Partners. Supported by the Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR) program at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
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