Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Urban Garden Program Presentation
ArboretumUrban Garden Outreach Purpose•Provide access to ArboretumPrograms and Experiences forunderserved urban audiences•Use the Garden as a LivingLaboratory for children to experienceHands-on Growing Science andDiscovery•Use the garden as a tool for youthemployment and development.
Urban Garden Outreach Program History1988 The Children’s Garden in Residence1996 Urban Garden Youth Employment • CityFresh Entrepreneurs • Common Good & Leadership2009 Growing For Good2009 Growing to College & Career
Children’s Garden in Residence 2012• 5 Garden Sites• Capacity to serve up to 230 children• 7 weeks hands on science, in the garden, in the city• Revised standards based curriculum
Sites with poor, contaminated, and/or compacted soil
Traditional, in ground gardensEarly Spring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . After Planting
The Curriculum• Hands-on 7 week curriculum – Aligns with state science standards – Includes lessons/tasting in healthy eating and nutrition – Teaches basic horticulture• Each child has their own garden plot to plant, nurture, and harvest.• Picking patches are maintained for children to experience plants that are not in their personal plots
Growing for Good 2013-? Big Bag Garden 50”X12”
Smart Snack Pop-Up Garden Summary of Benefits• Employment and Youth Development for Urban Teens in their Community• Community Interest Project that promotes human and natural systems health and wellness.• Project that engages businesses and non- profits in urban communities with a youth employment program.
Smart Snack Pop-Up Garden Components for Each Site– 2 Tomato/Basil big bags– 1 Pop-up Pollinator big bag– Educational signage– Links to online information: QR code to Blog, YouTube Videos, presentation dates.– Youth facilitated presentation/demonstration– Non-profit/business tour and meeting for youth to meet professionals and learn about the organization mission, goals, career opportunities.
Pop-up Pollinator GardenPlanted full with flowers this will be a Smart Snack Buffet for Pollinators
Tomato/basil gardensBrimming with basil and cherry tomatoes for fresh, flavorful, savory, simple, smart snacking
Smart Snack Pop-Up Garden Outcomes• For Youth – Summer jobs for 12 teens – Opportunity for community leadership – Build upon skills and knowledge from previous summer work experiences. – Opportunity to work with community non- profits and businesses – Opportunity to mentor with Wells Fargo Professionals
Smart Snack Pop-Up Garden Outcomes• For Community – Gardens will serve as living models for growing plants in urban spaces. – Will provide access to information about healthy eating, simple fresh snacks, and the vital role pollinators play in food production. – Will beautify urban hardscape with the installation of green and growing gardens. – Will connect the mission and vision of host non-profits and businesses with a community wellness project.
Wells Fargo Engagement1. Provide funding for this community engagement project.2. Wells Fargo professional staff meet and work with youth3. Wells Fargo Green Team opportunities for Hands-on Participation: Pop-Up Garden installation day, summer celebration day, and post summer maintenance (adopt a garden site), and Pop-Down Day.4. Help identify host sites for the project