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Minneapolis - Community garden inspires new farmers' marketlaunched by kids

  • Subject: [cg] Minneapolis - Community garden inspires new farmers' marketlaunched by kids
  • From: Don Boekelheide dboekelheide@yahoo.com
  • Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 14:50:58 -0700 (PDT)

WCCO TV, Minneapolis, Minnesota
August 20, 2006

Children Start A North Minneapolis Farmers' Market
By Maya Nishikawa (reporter)

(WCCO) Minneapolis What makes a garden grow may help
an entire community become healthier. Kids are
harvesting vegetables for the first ever community
farmers' market on Minneapolis' North side. 

All summer neighborhood kids have been growing things
organic products like squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and
herbs. The garden has been around for three years, but
now the project is taking another step in hopes of
feeding a new way of life.

Aminah Harmut and other North Minneapolis children are
learning for themselves that some of the best things
on earth come from the garden. Nine-year-old Aminah
holds up a softball-sized eggplant she just picked.
With a little help the children can make something
wonderful grow.

"It's good for you, (there is) no poisonous stuff,"
Aminah said, before a friend interjected "Because it's
from the dirt."

Beverly Stancil has been helping the kids tend the
Sheila Wellstone Community Garden behind Cityview

"(This helps) to teach the kids about gardening and
where the food comes from," Stancil said. "A lot of
kids have never seen food growing before."

The new gardeners helped plant and tend the plots. Now
it's time to harvest. The girls follow Stancil looking
for peppers and squash ready to pick. 

Unfortunately, there's not as much to harvest as there
should have been.

"Somebody's been in our garden. We had a big melon --
this big -- it's gone," said Stancil.

The loss is disappointing but not uncommon for
community gardens.

For the first time, the children will take their
bounty to market. It's part of the North side food
project, an effort to nurture new eating habits.

"It's not just about gardening for gardening's sake,
but it's also about the food system in North
Minneapolis and how we can organize the community
around something positive," said Angela Dawson with
the North side Food Project.

The hope is healthy eating will take root in the
neighborhood and continue to flourish.

You can support the garden and the North side Food
Project every Sunday.

They'll have their farmers market from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
at 3333 North Fourth Street in North Minneapolis.

It runs every Sunday through October 22. Some of the
produce will also go to a local food shelf. 

The project will also offer cooking classes, so
community members can learn what to make with all of
those fresh fruits and veggies. All the money raised
will go back into the community garden. They hope to
get some better security to protect their investment.

() MMVI, CBS Broadcasting Inc.

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