Duluth, MN: Broadway Market Community Garden
- Subject: [cg] Duluth, MN: Broadway Market Community Garden
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- Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2006 08:40:17 EDT
PLANTING THE SEEDS OF COMMUNITY
BROADWAY:Gardens, an open-air market and the arts come together in
Superior's North End.
BY SHELLEY NELSON
NEWS TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
Volunteers are building a sense of community in Superior's North End, one
garden box at a time.
The North End Arts Council envisions a place where neighbors, artists,
musicians, performers and gardeners can gather outside and get to know each other
The Broadway Market would be that place.
Located across the historic Trade and Commerce building -- the Old City Hall
-- the market is taking shape in an unused parking lot at Broadway Street and
"The whole goal is to do art enrichment for people in this neighborhood,"
said Theresa Bobula, a facilitator and grant writer for the arts council.
"Utilizing that building was just one of the things that was available to us to
turn this empty parking lot into green space."
During the next month, the arts council and volunteers will build garden
boxes for flower and vegetable gardens. Members of the North End Arts Council
were out Saturday finishing garden boxes that were started last fall with the
help of the Boys and Girls Club in Superior.
Flowers will fill the boxes next to Hammond and Broadway. Work has yet to
begin on the vegetable beds that will run along the remaining edges of the lot.
"Our plan is that we're going to build those in the next month or so, and
people can adopt them. They can do community garden for neighbors," Bobula said.
"Ideally, we'd love to have the seniors... and the kids in the
Jim Postance of the Slow Food Convivium, which is working with the North End
Arts Council on the project, said he hopes to see kids out selling their
produce and learning to save seeds. Postance also belongs to the Seed Savers
Exchange, which donated about $100 worth of seeds for the gardening project at
"Our eventual goal is to put up a structure here, an open-air structure, to
perhaps have a farmer's market, allow people to sell their art, to have music
maybe at lunch or on a Friday night," Bobula said. Concerts would be held
early in the evening to avoid disturbing the neighborhood.
The structure could include space for a year-round artisan bread shop.
Margaret Karsky said she and her husband, Dale, are in the preliminary stages
of planning the new business that could open later this summer. Karsky said
her husband would run the shop, which would feature breads made with locally
Broadway Market will work to complement the artist community and farmer's
market currently in the Winter Street Depot, Bobula said. The advantage of the
Broadway Market is its high-traffic, visible location, she said.
"We need to view the arts as an economic generator for our areas," said Karin
Kraemer of Duluth Pottery in Superior. "It's already helping our
neighborhood here. It's a better neighborhood because we've been here. It's just
"Besides, its fun," Kraemer said. "I want to have a good time, hang out with
interesting, creative people. When you learn to do creative things, then you
learn to approach the rest of your life in a creative manner. You
problem-solve. That's what art is about... solving problems."
SHELLEY NELSON can be reached at (218) 279-5501, (800) 456-8282 or by
e-mail at snelson@ duluthnews.com.
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