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A Backyard Farm

We believe you deserve the opportunity to enjoy fresh, home grown, organic food that meets your individual eating preferences – with as much or as little personal involvement in the growing experience as you desire.  Our “miniature farm”  raised bed systems are designed to provide maximum produce in a minimum amount of space. We will design, install, grow, maintain and harvest an organic vegetable and herb garden right in your own backyard!

​Agriculture Food Science Academy

Our mission is to prepare students for life by providing them the tools to succeed though leadership activities, small class sizes, a safe climate, and hands on learning opportunities.

Alliance for Sustainability

​The mission of the Alliance is to bring about personal, organizational & planetary sustainability through support of projects that are ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just and humane.

Anishinabe Academy

Anishinabe is a Minneapolis magnet school focusing on high academic achievement through Native American culture and language.  We welcome and invite families and students of all cultures.

Aurora/St.Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation

The Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation’s (ASANDC) purpose is to address the needs of neighborhood quality of life issues, advocacy, organizing and community economic and housing development. Our mission is to foster positive relationships within and between neighborhoods, and to support its community members in effecting their choices relative to the quality of life in their neighborhoods.


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Backyard Harvest

Backyard Harvest’s mission is to strengthen the Twin Cities local foods infrastructure one yard at a time by turning lawns into nourishing and healthy landscapes. We connect eaters directly to their food, neighbors to one another, and urban farmers to professional opportunities.


Bluethumb Partners

The Blue Thumb program was started by the Rice Creek Watershed District as an outreach program to meet water quality goals identified in their strategic plan and to help their cities meet their federal Clean Water Act mandates. Now Blue Thumb reaches beyond the Rice Creek Watershed District boundaries into the Twin Cities metro area and greater Minnesota. There are currently over 50 Blue Thumb partners.


College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota

CFANS is a college devoted to solution-driven science. We study the health of the land and the health of the living. We ensure the safety of the food and water supply. We strive to improve our economy, foster job creation, strengthen our agricultural and natural resource-based industries and enhance the social fabric of communities.  We care about having enough food and worry that some may have too much food. We turn biomass into products including biofuels and many other products society depends upon.  We work with molecules, microbes, plants, and animals in the water, on the land, and in the sky. In doing so, we interact closely with our citizenry. We use critical and innovative thinking plus all the tools of the arts and sciences to make our planet a productive, friendly, and sustainable environment.


​Community Design Center of Minnesota

Community Design Center of Minnesota is a Saint Paul-based organization whose mission is to help revitalize low-to-moderate income communities by providing technical assistance and operating programs that will enhance the physical, economic, social, ecological, and spiritual well being of the community and its residents. We believe that building and renewing a community requires a holistic approach that creates long-term sustainable change.
Today we operate children’s and youth programs on the East Side of St. Paul aimed at engaging young people in the civic life of their community as well as providing them with experiences that enrich their lives and develop important life skills.

​Community Stabilization Project

The mission of CSP is to “inform, educate, advocate and organize socially and economically disadvantaged tenants and people of color to take action to preserve and increase the supply of affordable housing in the metro area.  We fulfill our mission by working with the community to actively pursue policies that promote multiculturalism.” CSP is committed to accomplishing its mission through anti-racist community building efforts that put its members in the lead. 

Coop Development Services

The mission of CDS is to support, build and strengthen organizations that contribute to cooperative and sustainable development.


Co-op Partners Warehouse

Co-op Partners Warehouse is a distributor of organic produce, dairy, soy and juice servicing retail co-ops, natural food stores and restaurants in the Upper Midwest.


Cornercopia

Cornercopia is a student-driven, certified organic farm on the Experiment Station of the St. Paul Campus at the University of Minnesota. Our goal is to give students opportunities to learn firsthand what it takes to plan, grow and market food through coursework, internships, volunteer work, and otherwise. Every season, our students produce 100+ varieties of fruits and vegetables and market them here on the Twin Cities campus. Cornercopia Student Organic Farm is a student program of the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA) with faculty and staff advisors from Horticulture, Agronomy and Plant Genetics, Applied Economics, Animal Science and Extension.


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Dovetail Partners

Dovetail Partners provides authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives. Dovetail’s information about land use includes urban agriculture, and they have several publications on urban ag.

Dream of Wild Health

The Dream of Wild Health is a traditional garden project in the upper Midwest. It’s mission is to become the seed saver of indigenous Native American plants in the region. Primarily, we are about the recovery of indigenous cultural wisdom, and within that is an effort to save indigenous varieties of seeds and perennial plants. We value cultural continuity regarding agriculture, health and food systems and see it all as healing work.


Eco Education

Eco Education is a non-profit environmental education organization based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, that has served thousands of students since 1991. We are committed to making environmental education relevant to urban learners and to helping them address their unique environmental concerns.


Edible Twin Cities

Edible Twin Cities is a quarterly publication that promotes the abundance of local foods in the Twin Cities area and surrounding communities. We celebrate the family farmers, chefs, food artisans, farmers’ market vendors and other food-related businesses for their dedication to using the highest quality, seasonal, locally grown products. The lovingly produced foods they bring to the table are what makes our community an interesting and healthy place for us to live, work and thrive.

Our mission is to transform the way residents of the greater Twin Cities area shop for, cook, eat, and appreciate the food that is grown in our region. Through our publications and website, we connect consumers with local growers, retailers, chefs, and food artisans, enabling those relationships to grow and thrive in mutually beneficial, healthy and economically viable ways.


Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply

Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply is a small family-owned company borne out of our love of gardening, growing food, and backyard homesteading in the city.

Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply is your source of supplies and inspiration for your own backyard homestead in the city. We sell seeds, plants, soils and tools for small-scale urban kitchen gardens, as well as backyard chicken-keeping supplies, canning and preserving, fertilizers and pest control, all with an organic and sustainable focus. We believe your backyard garden and homestead can be beautiful, edible and sustainable, and we are stocking our store with products that will help you make that happen.


The Food Group MN

The Food Group is an innovative hunger relief organization dedicated to serving the needs of our changing communities through the distribution and promotion of healthy foods to over 200 partner food shelves and meal programs. 


Food Alliance Midwest

Food Alliance is a nonprofit organization that certifies farms, ranches and food handlers for sustainable agricultural and business practices. By choosing Food Alliance -certified products, consumers and commercial food buyers can be assured they are supporting environmental stewardship, safe and fair working conditions, and humane treatment of animals. For clients, Food Alliance certification provides independent verification of marketing claims for social and environmental responsibility,  differentiating and adding value to products, and protecting and enhancing brands.


Friends School of Minnesota

Friends School of Minnesota prepares children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity. We are committed to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity.


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Gardening Matters

Gardening Matters is an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving community gardening across the Twin Cities by connecting gardeners to each other and to the communities in which they reside. We are an organization that is driven by community gardeners for community gardeners, helping each gardener to tap into the resources and expertise of the gardening community. 


Garden Minnesota

Creating and Caring for the outdoor living environment.
This web site is provided as a service to consumers by members of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.


Gordon Parks High School

Gordon Parks High School offers students a flexible schedule that combines both structured classes and supervised study. Learners attend Gordon Parks High School as a full-time student to earn their high school diploma. Gordon Parks High School students are provided with a wide range of learning opportunities to earn their high school diploma.


Great River Greening

Great River Greening leads and inspires community-based restoration of natural areas and open spaces. Our restoration efforts help preserve natural areas, protect clean air and water, and increase urban residents’ access to natural areas and sustainable open space.


Green Lands Blue Waters

Green Lands, Blue Waters is a long-term comprehensive effort whose mission is to support development of and transition to a new generation of agricultural systems in the Mississippi River Basin that integrate more perennial plants and other continuous living cover into the agricultural landscape.


Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative

Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative (GFJI) is an initiative aimed at dismantling racism and empowering low-income and communities of color through sustainable and local agriculture.

This comprehensive network views dismantling racism as a core principal which brings together social change agents from diverse sectors working to bring about new, healthy and sustainable food systems and supporting and building multicultural leadership in impoverished communities throughout the world.

The vision for this initiative is to establish a powerful network of individuals, organizations and community based entities all working toward a food secure and just world.


Growing Lots Urban Farm

The Mission of Growing Lots is to create an economically viable series of urban micro-farms using under-utilized and non-traditional pieces of land (ie.. a parking lot!), and transforming them into growing spaces that feed & nourish the surrounding community through Community Supported Agriculture.

Homegrown Minneapolis

Homegrown Minneapolis is an initiative to develop recommendations for the City of Minneapolis to improve sales, distribution and consumption of fresh, locally grown foods to positively impact the health, food security, economy and environment of our City and the surrounding region.


Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems. IATP works to build thriving local food systems in the Upper Midwest and around the world by strengthening small- and medium-scale sustainable farming, expanding market opportunities for farmers, creating innovative partnerships and advancing supportive policy change.


Institute on the Environment

IonE pursues research-based solutions to the biggest challenges of the 21st century related to climate adaptation, energy, food and land use freshwater, urban resilience, whole systems and more. We team the brightest minds from across the University and beyond with emerging leaders in science, technology, business, education, policy and other areas to envision and create enduring positive change around the world.


Land Stewardship Project

The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1982 to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities.


LaVerme’s Worms

Laverme’s Worms builds and sells vermicomposting bins and systems for home, offices and institutions looking for a more environmentally-friendly solution to discarding organic matter into landfills. We back up our vermicomposting bins with unparalleled customer service: we are ready, willing and able to answer your vermicomposting questions and help you get the best possible vermicomposting set-up for your needs.


Loring Elementary – Kids Cook Program

We at Loring want to ensure the long-term sustainability of our gardening and cooking program by building on what is already in place. We believe that a strong partnership with parents, students and teachers working in the garden, kitchen and classroom will help build upon an already solid foundation.


Master Gardeners Program – Hennepin County

Master Gardener volunteers are committed to providing the highest quality, research-based horticultural information and educational activities that enhance our community’s environment and quality of life.


Master Gardeners Program – Ramsey County

Ramsey County Master Gardeners aim to increase the quality of life of residents by using University of MN Extension research to educate citizens about protecting public environmental resources. Specific focuses include: Pest management, yard waste management, waste reduction, and healthy lifestyles.


Metro Blooms

Metro Blooms’ mission is to promote and celebrate gardening, to beautify our communities and help heal and protect our environment. We are a private nonprofit volunteer-based educational organization which seeks to partner with other organizations, businesses, professional associations, local governments and watershed districts to promote environmentally sound gardening and landscaping practices to improve the health of our land and water resources. 


Midwest Food Connection

Midwest Food Connection empowers elementary school children to make healthy and responsible food choices. Through school programs we educate children about natural foods, local sustainable farming, and the cultural origins of our food.


Minneapolis Parks and Rec Board

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board shall permanently preserve, protect, maintain, improve, and enhance its natural resources, parkland, and recreational opportunities for current and future generations. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board exists to provide places and recreation opportunities for all people to gather, celebrate, contemplate, and engage in activities that promote health, well-being, community, and the environment.


MN Alliance of Peacemakers

Our mission is to strengthen the effectiveness of the peace and justice community in Minnesota by enabling member organizations to share their resources, insights and ideas and devise cooperative strategies to accomplish common goals.


Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Our mission is to enhance Minnesotans’ quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy.


Minnesota Food Association

Minnesota Food Association actively pursues the mission to build a more sustainable food system by growing and distributing food, bringing new farmers into farming through training immigrant farmers, and networking, partnering and sharing with many diverse community-based organizations, nonprofits, foundations, government, local businesses, and institutions.  Now celebrating its 25th year, MFA operates with the goal of ReLocalizing Food Systems.


Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

The purpose of MISA is to bring together the diverse interests of the agricultural community with interests from across the University community in a cooperative effort to develop and promote sustainable agriculture in Minnesota and beyond.


MN Environmental Partnership

 The Minnesota Environmental Partnership is a coalition of more than 80 Minnesota environmental and conservation organizations working together to protect and preserve Minnesota’s precious natural environment.  Together, the Partnership’s member organizations are supported by more than 450,000 Minnesotans. The Partnership provides a way for environmental organizations to collaborate in their efforts to make sure that Minnesota’s natural resources are well cared for.


Minnesota State Horticultural Society

It is the mission of MSHS to serve Northern gardeners through education, encouragement, and community. Through a variety of educational programs, classes and conferences, and by publishing an award-winning magazine, Northern Gardener, MSHS helps its members and the general public to be better gardeners in USDA plant hardy Zones 3, 4 and 5. MSHS’ plant donation network, Minnesota Green, started in 1988, serves the greening efforts of volunteer gardeners throughout the state. Minnesota Green promotes grassroots efforts to revitalize communities by coordinating the donation and distribution of nurseries and greenhouse’s flowers and trees to be planted in public spaces statewide.


MN Grown

The Minnesota Grown Program is a statewide partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesotans who grow or raise specialty crops and livestock.  Today, the program has nearly 1,000 diverse members including farmers’ markets, CSA farms, garden centers, wineries, fruit & vegetable growers, pick-your-own farms, livestock producers, meat processors, Christmas tree growers, and producers of honey, wild rice, maple syrup, cheese, and other gourmet products.


MN Landscape Arboretum Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series

The goal of the SULIS is to provide sustainable landscape information to the public and to the horticulture/landscape industry. By utilizing SULIS concepts, homeowners, business owners and related industry personnel will be able to create outdoor spaces that are functional, maintainable, environmentally sound, cost effective and aesthetically pleasing.


Minnesota Land Trust

The Minnesota Land Trust is a private, nonprofit organization that preserves the natural and scenic heritage of our State by permanently protecting the lands and waters that define our communities and enrich our quality of life.


Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association

MNLA is the premier association of businesses creating and caring for the outdoor living environment.


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Permaculture Research Institute

Through research, education, demonstration, and community-building, PRI-Cold Climate catalyzes and fosters the creation of an abundant and restorative culture for living in northern temperate climates.


Public Gardens of Minnesota

This website was created (2002) as an aid to people living in or visiting the state of Minnesota who are interested in horticulture and want to know more about the public gardens within the state.


Renewing the Countryside

Renewing the Countryside strengthens rural areas by championing and supporting rural communities, farmers, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, activists and other people who are renewing the countryside through sustainable and innovative initiatives, businesses, and projects. We do this by sharing stories of rural renewal, building awareness and support for sustainable endeavors, connecting people interested in sustainable rural development to each other, providing practical assistance and networking opportunities for those working to improve rural America, and fostering connections between urban and rural people.


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Second Harvest Heartland

The mission of Second Harvest Heartland is to end hunger through community partnerships. Second Harvest Heartland distributes more than 41 million pounds of food and grocery products annually to 1,000+ member agencies and programs in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, as well as directly serving individuals and families. We are strengthened by our partners, whose individual, corporate, community and foundational support bring relief to thousands of hungry families, children and seniors.


St. Paul Farmers’ Market

The Market is operated by the St. Paul Growers’ Association, Inc. The association allows only fresh, locally grown produce to be sold–directly from the grower to the consumer. Also available are bakery goods, cheese, poultry, buffalo, venison, beef, pork, lamb, maple syrup, eggs, bagel sandwiches, honey, organic plants and produce, flowers, plants, shrubs and many other items. For over 150 years The St. Paul Farmers’ Market has been proud to enjoy the support of the community.  That tradition of support continues today.


Sustainable Communities Action Network

Imagine what a safe, livable, healthy community might look like. Around the country citizens are coming together to create a vision of what their community might be and to develop steps toward making these visions come true. Alternatively called “healthy,” livable” or sustainable communities, these efforts are integrative, inclusive and participatory. In many communities — large and small, rural and urban — issues are being addressed in an interconnected manner. They are demonstrating how innovative strategies can produce communities that are more environmentally sound, economically prosperous, and socially equitable.


Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota

The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota supports the development and enhancement of sustainable farming systems through innovation, demonstration, education, and farmer-to-farmer networking.


The Wedge Natural Foods Coop

Our Mission as a natural foods co-op is to provide a diverse selection of highest quality, fairly-priced products and a deepening understanding of their importance to our members, employees and community.


Tree Trust

Our mission is to improve the community environment by investing in people. By merging lives and landscapes, our programs provide meaningful opportunities for greening our local community, give youth the chance to experience success, boost their self-confidence and find direction. We also teach practical job skills to help adults re-shape their lives and help neighbors understand and connect with each other and the natural world.

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University of Minnesota Extension

Creating a stronger Minnesota through education and research


Urban Roots​

Urban Roots is a Saint Paul organization with a mission to build vibrant and healthy communities through food, conservation and youth development. We cultivate youth leaders and support healthy communities on the city’s East Side through paid internship programs that provide hands-on learning and foster critical life skills around entrepreneurial thinking, resilience and collaboration. Urban Roots experiential “earn as you learn” programs are grounded in improving urban food systems, supporting and fostering connection to Saint Paul’s parks and green spaces, and promoting active living.

Womens Environmental Institute

The Women’s Environmental Institute is an environmental research, renewal and retreat center designed to create and share knowledge about environmental issues and policies relevant to women, children and identified communities especially affected by environmental injustices; to promote agricultural justice, organic and sustainable agriculture and ecological awareness; and to support activism that influences public policy and promotes social change.


Youth Farm and Market Project

Youth Farm operates urban gardens in three neighborhoods in the Twin Cities – Lyndale and Powderhorn in Minneapolis and the West Side of St. Paul. We engage youth in running gardens to teach about where their food comes from, how to grow it, and how they can start to impact their local food system. Youth Organizing – At YFMP, we see youth as untapped resources in our communities. Instead of trying to “fix” their deficits, we form strong, long term relationships with youth to utilize their assets for their neighborhoods.
Project LEAD provides paid internships and summer employment for 25 older youth (ages 14-18) to develop power and public leadership in their neighborhood, apply these skills through their work on producing and distributing local produce, as well as supervise, mentor and create strong relationships with younger youth in our school year and summer program.