Cultivating Community Gardens
Understanding where our food comes from and feeding neighbors in the communities we call home are a cornerstone of a strong community. That’s why Lakewinds partners with local school and community gardens that provide opportunities for folks to learn about, grow, and harvest food to provide fresh produce to community meals and food access initiatives. Each spring, we donate organic plant starts, seeds, and compost to school and community gardens in the Twin Cities metro area.
“Having a garden full of differing plant varieties allowed for so much learning and experimentation amongst our internship cohort. Young folks were able to connect with food in ways that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for our garden space.”
— Mackenna Cristilly
Food Systems Youth Coordinator, Pillsbury United Communities
Here are some of the highlights from the 2023 season of giving:
- Lakewinds donations to school and community gardens totaled $12,209.87.
- Organic plant starts, seeds, and compost were donated to 17 local nonprofits or schools.
- Seeds and plants were sourced from 5 local farms: North Circle Seeds, Humble Pie Farm, Pearson Organic, Twin Organics, and Glacial Ridge Growers.
We keep it local by sourcing all of the organic plant starts we donate from farms in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The farmers know they’ll have a guaranteed market for hundreds of flats of plant starts, and the gardens receive the plants they need to grow the produce requested by the communities they serve – it’s a win-win! All of the seeds we donate come from local North Circle Seeds, a collective of Midwestern growers, who produce regionally adapted seed using chemical-free, sustainable, and organic practices.
Find out more about our School and Community Garden Giving program.
Community and school garden coordinators or local farms interested in partnership with Lakewinds Community Garden Giving program can submit a partnership request form below. (Public schools and nonprofits in the Twin Cities metro only, must be nonpartisan and nonsectarian.)