24TH STREET COALITION’S COMMUNITY URBAN FARM MASHKIIKII GITIGAN (MEDICINE GARDEN) - 2013 SEASON SUMMARY
Mashkiikii Gitigan (Ojibwe for Medicine Garden) was created by the 24th Street Urban Farm Coalition – a group of neighborhood residents and community organizations – as a way to address the food justice needs of people living in the Phillips area of South Minneapolis, who face many challenges in accessing fresh, healthy foods. Women’s Environmental Institute has been an important part of the coalition, working to secure funding for a farmer position and serving on the steering committee.
WEI recently completed Phase 1 of our Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) collaborative project. Funded by the EPA, and coordinated in partnership with Hennepin County and the Longfellow Community Council, the Hiawatha CARE project worked with the community to identify, evaluate, prioritize, and take action on environmental and public health risks along the Hiawatha corridor in East Phillips and Longfellow Neighborhoods. We are grateful to our many partners and community participants for helping us in this important work.
In September WEI completed year three of our USDA-funded project: “Cross-Cultural/Cross-Neighborhood Urban Organic Farming—Reclaiming and Regenerating Healthful Traditional Food Systems.” This was a successful partnership with Environmental Justice Advocates of MN(EJAM) that began a year earlier with a MN Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop grant.
By Jacquelyn Zita, Farm Manager & Director of Operations
WEI’s Amador Farm and Orchard is one of WEI’s primary revenue streams as well as a central location for our food justice education and farmer training work in Chisago County. It is also the location for numerous community building events – free and open to the public.
Looking for Fall/Winter getaway location? Look no further! WEI's beautiful Retreat Center is only an hour away from the Twin Cities. This stately home that serves as the Women's Environmental Institute holds 4 rooms available for rent as well as a whole house rental option. A full kitchen is available for guest use. Surrounded by our organic farm fields & apple orchard, our retreat center is the perfect, secluded spot to spend the weekend writing, spending time with friends and family, reading, etc.
By Registry Program Coordinator, Laurie Allmann
Farm Interns are needed for the following terms:
Early Summer (June 4 - July 12) (3 Interns)
Late Summer (July 16 - August 23) (3 Interns)
Autumn (Sept 1 - Oct 15th) (3 Interns)
Thanks to our supporters, we raised over $2,000 on GIVE TO THE MAX day, November 14th, 2013. Thank you!
Community Food Justice Council is in partnership with the Environmental Justice Association of Minnesota (EJAM) to organize and develop grower collectives.