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Washburn Urban Farm
Tomato Harvest 2015
Tomato Harvest 2015


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 Thursday mornings at 7:45 am/after school in Room 235

For more details on meetings follow @WashburnF on Twitter


ADVISOR: Michelle Housenga


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.

  • Most community gardens in Minneapolis Schools are teacher and parent-led. At Washburn, the Urban Farm provides an opportunity for student leadership. This sets us apart from other community gardens in the city, and gives students at Washburn a way to commit themselves to service and the betterment of our community. We seek to create an environment where all students feel comfortable sharing their ideas and putting them into action.

  • 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.