Greening Saint Paul - Growing Together

by Becky Johnson | Apr 02, 2013
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Saint Paul is a big city that feels like a small town. It's know as a "City of Neighborhoods." We care about our neighbors and our environment. With one million dollars, I would like to increase that feeling of neighborliness, caring, and environmental responsibility in Saint Paul by providing funds and resources to create more community gardens, green space, and garden based youth development programs.

Gardening helps us renew our relationship to the land and each other while we get the benefits of fresh vegetables and fruits, fresh air, and exercise. Gardens increase the beauty of the city and can be places to gather for celebrations, festivals and music. Community gardens are natural places for younger children to learn about planning, patience, and dedication as well as math, reading, and the environment. Teen youth development programs based on farm to market practices help foster business entrepreneurship, responsibility and teamwork as well as friendship for kids in after school programs. Also food shelves would greatly benefit from extra vegetables from the gardens. Neighbors can get to know neighbors while working in adjoining garden plots.

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Greening Saint Paul - Growing Together

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Saint Paul is a big city that feels like a small town. It's know as a "City of Neighborhoods." We care about our neighbors and our environment. With one million dollars, I would like to increase that feeling of neighborliness, caring, and environmental responsibility in Saint Paul by providing funds and resources to create more community gardens, green space, and garden based youth development programs.
Gardening helps us renew our relationship to the land and each other while we get the benefits of fresh vegetables and fruits, fresh air, and exercise. Gardens increase the beauty of the city and can be places to gather for celebrations, festivals and music. Community gardens are natural places for younger children to learn about planning, patience, and dedication as well as math, reading, and the environment. Teen youth development programs based on farm to market practices help foster business entrepreneurship, responsibility and teamwork as well as friendship for kids in after school programs. Also food shelves would greatly benefit from extra vegetables from the gardens. Neighbors can get to know neighbors while working in adjoining garden plots.

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Urban agriculture and organic gardening are growing trends in Saint Paul and throughout the country. This proposal for Greening Saint Paul - Growing Together is unique because it would take advantage of the strong grassroots movement that is already in place and growing. It would provide funding and resources to promote programs that are already in place or developing and help them grow to a point where it becomes a source of city pride. Saint Paul can be on the forefront of urban agriculture and a source of inspiration to other cities. It will succeed and be self sustaining now and into the future because of all the people who believe in sustainable, environmental practices and need and want access to fresh food and nature.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This idea would be remembered and make a difference in the lives of the people of Saint Paul because it would help meet our needs for healthy food, for community, for fresh air and exercise, and for access to nature. We would have less dependance on fossil fuels by growing more food locally. Saint Paul would become more beautiful, more ecologically sustainable, more clean, more safe and more welcoming.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Saint Paul can be on the forefront of urban agriculture and a source of inspiration to other cities. It will succeed and be self sustaining now and into the future because of all the people who believe in sustainable, environmental practices and need and want access to fresh food and nature.

hadiyah143 hadiyah143 said: Growing together is such a nice experience. At least we would be able to share so many things. - YOR Health about this Competition Entry. - 2596 days ago read more >

Becky Johnson submitted this idea. - 2846 days ago