Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Northside garden

Immanuel Jones receiving recognition
Garden workers and supporters
I rode my bike over to north Minneapolis yesterday to visit a garden that a young man, Immanuel Jones, developed on a city lot.  It was impressive to see how he had transformed a vacant lot into a productive garden.  He was assisted in the development of the garden, The Eco City Olive Garden, by Project Sweetie Pie.

The University of Minnesota Extension program stopped by, while on an urban garden tour with a group of 60 folks.  While they were also there to help recognize Immanuel for his work.  He also received a day in his honor from Mayor of Minneapolis.

Touring the Eco City Olive Garden
The crops grown at the Olive Garden are sold at a nearby farmers market at Penn Ave N & Golden Valley Road.

Rocks removed from the lot
While riding home I notice how much work still had yet to be done after the damage from the May tornado that swept through the Northside.  Sad to see so many homes still with tarps on their roofs.  Also tough to witness the devastation to the mature trees that once gracefully lined the roads and filled the neighborhoods.
Tornado's damage still evidenced in north Minneapolis

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