Stewardship Science meets Gardening Matters for conversation, research planning

Urban agriculture is a relatively new concept in the United States, but it's already making a big impact. In the Twin Cities alone, there are over 450 community gardens providing produce for local charities and community members. Urban gardens can have many benefits, such as increasing the availability offresh food for urban residents and reducing … Continue reading Stewardship Science meets Gardening Matters for conversation, research planning

Learning about a just, local food system from Community Table Co-op and Project Sweetie Pie

The central scientific goal of UST Stewardship Science projects such as Growing Science and The Stewardship Garden is to determine best practices for maximizing vegetable yields and minimizing negative environmental impacts. This knowledge will be applied to the broader goal of establishing a profitable, environmentally friendly, and sustainable local food system that will provide the … Continue reading Learning about a just, local food system from Community Table Co-op and Project Sweetie Pie

BrightSide – a new distribution model for reducing food insecurity

Food insecurity - defined as limited access to affordable, nutritious food - is a growing problem in the United States. It tends to be particularly high in low-income urban areas where car ownership is low and supermarkets are rare. The small food stores that do exist in underserved areas are often filled with high-fat, high-sugar … Continue reading BrightSide – a new distribution model for reducing food insecurity

Urban Roots helps the University of St. Thomas

“When a community nurtures its youth, it strengthens its roots and feeds its prospects for the future” - Urban Roots Our community impacts many aspects of our lives, including our social and physical health, our personal philosophy, and our future prospects. Programs that engage and inspire young people in community activities are particularly important for creating vibrant places … Continue reading Urban Roots helps the University of St. Thomas

The transformative potential of the Urban Flower Field

On a sunny mid-summer Saturday morning, a crowd gathered in St. Paul's new Urban Flower Field to drink lemonade and paint field stones. Over 100 people wandered down from the corner of 10th and Robert streets to walk around the space, now greening up as wildflowers germinate across the site. The Urban Flower Field is a collaboration … Continue reading The transformative potential of the Urban Flower Field