Thursday, April 23, 2009

Garden Opportunities for South Minneapolis and Morningside Residents

I received an email from Backyard Harvest today, and they still have Backyard Harvest customer slots for the 2009 growing season. Backyard Harvest contracts with homeowners, renters and communities to create gardens in their backyards. The program provides both the plantings and garden education.

We happily offer three garden designs ranging from 80- to 120-square-feet. These yummy and bountiful packages include the following:

~ A comprehensive, professional garden design
~ Personal urban farmer who will install and maintain the garden, harvest the vegetables and leave them at your back door
~ Community events (e.g. garden parties, workshops, canning bees)
~ Site assessment including soil test*^
~ Compost/topsoil blend*^
~ Compost tea
~ Mulch
~ Plants & seeds (over 30 different crops!)
~ Watering system (w/ timer)^
~ Garden journal with notes and communication with your farmer
~ 16 to 20 weeks of fresh vegetables, herbs and edible flowers (over 30 different crops)

*Negotiable and to be determined in a consultation
^One-time set-up cost. Back-to-back growing seasons patrons will have this cost waived.

Prices range from $1025 to $1295. Contact Program Coordinator, Krista Leraas at for more information and to schedule your consultation.

Our pilot year focuses on the South Minneapolis area and on the Morningside neighborhood of Edina. Please pass this along to anyone who might be interested! We may not be able to accommodate all requests for backyard farming services but we would love to hear of your interest as we plan our 2010 expansion.

For more information about becoming a Backyard Harvest customer and about our project mission and goals visit our website at

Backyard Harvest is a project of the nonprofit Permaculture Research Institute - Cold Climate.

[where: Sustainable Food, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Twin Cities, Minnesota]

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