St. Paul Fungal Gardens

by Clemon Dabney | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

Growing your own food is like printing your own money. This idea would allow St. Paul to become even more sustainable by creating neighborhood fungal gardens on marginal unused land. The United States is starting to have a problem with food and the repercussions that come from not eating a healthy diet such as the increase in certain cancers, heart disease, and diabetes, among other diet related illnesses. This grant would utilize marginal land that is not used for anything in residential areas and create fungal gardens that people can come to and pick edible mushrooms. Many common gourmet mushrooms such as shitake, enoki and maitake have anti-tumor, anti-viral, and anti-cancer properties as well as the ability to decrease cholesterol and increase immune function. This idea would create fungal gardens around the city especially in areas that are determined to be food deserts by utilizing the Food Access Research Atlas that the United States Department of Agriculture produces. These gardens would increase awareness of other food sources because many people are unaware of the benefits of eating mushrooms. These gardens would allow anyone in the area to come and pick mushrooms for free that they could take home and eat. This would increase peoples physical activity as they would have to walk around and look for mushrooms as well as provide an outlet for learning about mushroom cultivation and different gourmet mushrooms that grow in Minnesota using various signs around the gardens that point out different species of gourmet mushrooms as well as the methods used for home mushroom cultivation. There would be a monthly session where the public can come to learn how to cultivate mushrooms at home for free, the health benefits of the different mushrooms growing in the garden. To ensure this idea goes on into the future a non-profit will be started to start urban fungal farms to provide the funds to maintain the fungal gardens as well as provide people to give the seminars.

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About You

First Name

Clemon

Last Name

Dabney

City

St. Paul

County

Ramsey

Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

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How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

Word of mouth

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Organization Name (if applicable)

University of Minnesota Horticulture Club

Organization Phone

6126241203

Organization Address

305 Alderman Hall 1970 Folwell 55108

City

St. Paul

Organization Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

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Title of your idea

St. Paul Fungal Gardens

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

Growing your own food is like printing your own money. This idea would allow St. Paul to become even more sustainable by creating neighborhood fungal gardens on marginal unused land. The United States is starting to have a problem with food and the repercussions that come from not eating a healthy diet such as the increase in certain cancers, heart disease, and diabetes, among other diet related illnesses. This grant would utilize marginal land that is not used for anything in residential areas and create fungal gardens that people can come to and pick edible mushrooms. Many common gourmet mushrooms such as shitake, enoki and maitake have anti-tumor, anti-viral, and anti-cancer properties as well as the ability to decrease cholesterol and increase immune function. This idea would create fungal gardens around the city especially in areas that are determined to be food deserts by utilizing the Food Access Research Atlas that the United States Department of Agriculture produces. These gardens would increase awareness of other food sources because many people are unaware of the benefits of eating mushrooms. These gardens would allow anyone in the area to come and pick mushrooms for free that they could take home and eat. This would increase peoples physical activity as they would have to walk around and look for mushrooms as well as provide an outlet for learning about mushroom cultivation and different gourmet mushrooms that grow in Minnesota using various signs around the gardens that point out different species of gourmet mushrooms as well as the methods used for home mushroom cultivation. There would be a monthly session where the public can come to learn how to cultivate mushrooms at home for free, the health benefits of the different mushrooms growing in the garden. To ensure this idea goes on into the future a non-profit will be started to start urban fungal farms to provide the funds to maintain the fungal gardens as well as provide people to give the seminars.

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Innovation

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

This is a twist on community gardens but instead of each person getting their own plot, the whole garden is the communities plot. This idea allows anyone to come explore and eat sustainable, organic and nutritious mushrooms free of charge. This ensures participation from a greater segment of the population; people do not need to be physically able nor know how to cultivate mushrooms because the system will be constructed were people can just walk around and pick mushrooms. Another difference in this idea is there will be classes set up so people can learn about fungal production as well as the different types of gourmet mushrooms that are out there. This idea also utilizes land that is not currently in use to make St. Paul more sustainable as well as increase it's citizens health.

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

This idea benefits most of St. Paul; these fungal gardens would be installed on marginal land in a thoughtful manner by installing them all over the city to increase access to maximize use. This idea would have a large impact, it would spread the health benefits of mushrooms, teach people how to cultivate mushrooms at home, and provide free mushrooms to the community; this has an incredibly large impact on food security and health. If people are eating healthier they become healthier and that means the society is then healthier as a result. As the human population increases food becomes more scarce or is produced in unsustainable practices to keep up with demand. This idea produces sustainable local food for the local populous in a way were citizens can get exercise and learn of the food.

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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)

Growing your own food is like printing your own money. Free in today's day is hard to come by. Thus, installing these gardens where people can get free food will not soon be forgotten and it will spread. It will be sustainable in that some urban fungal farms will be created to sell to local restaurants and fund the maintenance of the fungal gardens, creating more fungal gardens, and employ people to hold the monthly seminars at each fungal garden. Creating a sustainable infrastructure to create a system which provides for the community will spark other ideas on how to improve their communities. This idea can easily be adapted to other cities and used as a model for gourmet mushroom production and utilized to spread knowledge about mushrooms & increase the health of the community.

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