The Washburn Urban Farm is a student-led organic garden whose produce will be used to address our community’s hunger problem and whose space will be used for creating awareness of the value of gardening and sustainability. The maintenance and usage of the garden will be an opportunity to strengthen bonds with the community and everyone in the school, in special consideration of traditionally marginalized groups.
MEETINGS: Alternate Friday mornings at 7:40 AM in Room 109
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ADVISOR: Contact Advisor Michelle Housenga at Michelle.Housenga@mpls.k12.mn.us
The need for a community garden in Washburn
According to the 2014-2015 Minneapolis Public School Garden Summary of 60 MPS schools, 25 schools have a community garden. Of those schools, only 1 is a high school. Students who get involved in gardening clubs in middle and elementary school generally don’t have spaces in their high school to continue this activity. Washburn has the opportunity to be on the forefront of change as more schools (particularly high schools) dedicate resources to urban farming.
In the same study, research showed various positive effects of community gardens on schools and students, including increased attitudes towards the environment, increased community engagement, and improvements in health and nutrition. Urban farm will work to improve social, emotional, and leadership skills in the community.
In Minnesota, 1 in 9 people struggles with hunger. Food shelves all throughout Minneapolis have a constant demand for fresh produce. Though we’re starting on a small-scale, we hope to address this problem by establishing long-term relationships with local food shelves and providing fresh produce on a regular basis.
Urban Farm will help teach students about environmentalism and sustainability. We will continue to value education in what we do along with the development of a successful garden. Furthermore, exposure to produce and organic farming gives students a closer look at health and nutrition.
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