St Paul's Community Gardens

by DeAnne Parks | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

St Paul’s Community Gardens
Idea submitted by Jim Golden and DeAnne Parks
(artdeanneparks@gmail.com 612-616-5040)

Sustainable community gardens would be built along Shepard Rd. in Lowertown. Features would include fencing, seating, small shelters and art made by area artists from recycled and repurposed materials found in and around the river and downtown. Filmmakers would use the gardens to create films for educational and artistic purposes. Classes held at the garden would educate about sustainable agriculture, composting, small/container home gardening, basics of food preparation and storage, nutrition and art.

Garden plots would be divided for use by
1. Residents- rental plots
2. Schools- for educational purposes and lunch programs
3. Charities-
• opportunities for volunteers and businesses to grow fresh food for food shelves and homeless services
• homeless and low income people could earn food vouchers or fresh produce by working in the garden.
• the garden would provide work opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities

This innovative and sustainable project incorporates art, food, education and inclusion while providing health benefits and building community.

About You

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About You

First Name

DeAnne

Last Name

Parks

City

St paul

County

Rmasey

Country

United States, MN

Website (if you have one)

Names of others who helped contribute to my idea

Jim Golden

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

Tacoumba's Lite Brite project

About Your Organization (if applicable)

Organization Name (if applicable)

self employed artist, www.artdeanne.com

Organization Website

Organization Phone

Organization Address

City

Organization Country

United States

Your idea

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Title of your idea

St Paul's Community Gardens

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

St Paul’s Community Gardens
Idea submitted by Jim Golden and DeAnne Parks
(artdeanneparks@gmail.com 612-616-5040)
Sustainable community gardens would be built along Shepard Rd. in Lowertown. Features would include fencing, seating, small shelters and art made by area artists from recycled and repurposed materials found in and around the river and downtown. Filmmakers would use the gardens to create films for educational and artistic purposes. Classes held at the garden would educate about sustainable agriculture, composting, small/container home gardening, basics of food preparation and storage, nutrition and art.
Garden plots would be divided for use by
1. Residents- rental plots
2. Schools- for educational purposes and lunch programs
3. Charities-
• opportunities for volunteers and businesses to grow fresh food for food shelves and homeless services
• homeless and low income people could earn food vouchers or fresh produce by working in the garden.
• the garden would provide work opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities
This innovative and sustainable project incorporates art, food, education and inclusion while providing health benefits and building community.

Website address (if applicable)

Innovation

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

It uses science, art and education to provide both work and volunteer opportunities as well as build community. In addition it will benefit the physical health of those involved and better utilize a public space.

Impact

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

It will provide beauty through art and nature, educate about health and nutrition, build community and provide work and volunteer opportunities. All of this AND it will feed people healthy food!

Sustainability

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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)

The educational component will provide the knowledge needed for this idea to spread into other locations and communities. Everyone is aware of a public space that it under utilized in their own community.

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