‘Giving a Garden’ grows in Burnsville

Young practitioners, food shelves harvest the crop

Market parks are relatively small businesses, often selling their products directly to consumers. The Burnsville version is indeed a “garden of giving,” said Superintendent Piig Hawkins.

Across the city from Snow Square, the 165 90-foot Garden at Civic Center Parknsville, a non-profit 360 community, and the Burnsville-Egan-Savage School District Community Chamber help store 191 food shelves.

“Instead of trying to make a profit, we are trying to make a difference,” Hawkins added.

Six teenagers, paid for work experience, dig the ground four mornings a week, waiting for 140 feet of roasted beans, lettuce, Swiss chard, basil, cilantro, shredded beans, carrots, chips and zucchini.

The garden has been delayed for the first time in anticipation of the harvest, but organizers hope to add kitchen essentials such as tomatoes, pumpkins and melons next year, Hawkins said.

“We would like to raise some of these,” he said, despite the steamy climate. “We have a place for him. We only need a period of growth. ”

The garden is part of the city’s Burnsville development effort to distribute locally produced produce, reduce malnutrition and prevent childhood obesity.

The program began this year at a conference of American mayors with $ 125,000. Burnsville is one of nine cities funded by the Mayor’s Gift Program to prevent childhood obesity and promote environmental sustainability.

The garden is located in the Civic Center Park, and grows in Burnsville, a popular public food forest and organic recycling station. The program also funded a third community garden in Burnsville Parkway and Portland Avenue in Crosstown East Park.

Working in the market garden is a good summer, says Will Moy, 15, of Burnsville. The Burnsville High School student is also a volunteer with Community Pantry 191 and BrainPower at the BackPack, District 191 weekend meal program for students with food security.

“My mother used to pull out of our backyard garden, and I worked with her,” he says. This is just an experience to expand my knowledge of that garden and to do good with the food we make here.

New Market Ava Broberg, 17, says that gardening is more fun than summer work behind the scenes.

“Rowing is something we learned and didn’t know before,” she said. We also learned how to trim the plants so that they would not all come together, and we learned how to properly care for the garden.

Madeleine Herr, who at the age of 14 was eager to find some work, said that gardening was immediately attractive.

“My parents really love gardening,” says a Lavville resident. So, just like that, and I can learn some new things and help my parents put that in my backyard garden.

Hawkins, their supervisor, is a certified master gardener. Egan was studying mechanics in college, but soon became interested in gardening. She has worked for Home Sown Gardens in Egan on residential software projects that include herbaceous plants, shrubs and orchards.

A.D. Hawkins, who graduated from Glenwood, Minnesota High School in 2014, says: “I realized that I would love to work outside of that experience. I loved teaching people how to garden. ”

The city hired a nonprofit Urban Roots to design and design Rens Burnsville programs, east of St. Paul.

In early June, Hawkins and his managers planted the first crop, one row of poles. Due to epidemic-related supply problems, the plot has not yet been fully enclosed by a 2-foot poultry net and a 6-foot pole.

So rabbits get some polar beans.

“If any rabbits can crush themselves in any hole, we have found what they want to eat,” Hawkins said. “So, instead of going there, we hope that they will go that way. That trap is a crop. ”

She has no production goals for this year’s harvest, which she says will be affected by the heat and lack of rain. Salads can be served for hours, Hawkins is on Monday, and some spinach and radish may be served before the second harvest.

“Our main goal is community access and youth education,” he said. The whole purpose of the garden is to bring it to us every day, so that it goes to those who need it.

He will gladly accept help from major gardeners and volunteers, Hawkins said.

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