The garden has long served many needs, desires and tasks – as an art, a source of food, or a way to build a community. Now, illustrated by Jordan Weber, an artist based in De Moines, the garden can be a public place for food and healing.
As a resident of the Walker Art Center, Weber is partnering with the Minneapolis Youth Development Agency on Youth Farm, which is transforming urban land on Lindell Avenue in Houghton. In addition to the local pollen and wildflowers, the lot includes a rain garden. Fruitful shrubs, such as shrubs, “fragrant pesticides” and nitrogen fixation are not only for the garden to eat, but also to keep the garden ecosystem strong.
Young farming has decided on varieties of tomatoes, peppers, greens and herbs in the garden – they are available for free to the community. The community table provides a place to reflect on recent challenges, including epidemics and racial instability following the assassination of George Floyd.
“I have learned to work with communities that have suffered geographical and economic losses, and I will work with them to support the resilience and sustainability of healthy regional landscapes by supporting social programs operating under repressive regimes,” he said. My projects want to jointly open community features in restricted areas.
Weber calls this garden Poetry and writing style (deep roots). The rent for the garden is now owned by Marcus Carr, director of youth farming programs in Northern Minneapolis, and is included in the youth farming community capacity building programs.