Add your AWESOME BIG IDEA and vote on your favorite ideas for growing a more delicious and sustainable park system!
Participate in person at the Local Food Local Parks Innovation Lab on March 16th. RSVP here.
TAG YOUR FAV IDEAS!
-- where people can literally spend 10 minutes in the garden either cultivating or harvesting. Instruction cards or to do list could provide activities currently needed.
-- A public/private partnership - creating a place where thought and technology converge! The greenhouse is located at Dowling and Humboldt across the street from Folwell Park. The Phillip Murphy flower shop is our version of Frogtown Farms. It is the "Arboretum of the North", "The Cookie Cart On Steroids", the "Greenhouse On The Greenway"
Food For Thought - A city wide town hall meeting/food summit where all food stakeholders get "A Place At The Table"
Recruit, showcase/profile taste tests, food demonstrations, family recipes, value added food-urban farm expo-exhibitions, competitions, culinary talent search social media campaigns/contests that identify- grow local food champions, develop culinary arts training, certification, infrastructure and technical support for food entrepreneurs.
Eco-tourism - Get hands on experience with honey harvesting in newly installed beehive colonies - bring the bees back!
Partner UofM to develop a new Minneapolis inspired apple tree to then plant in parks and have an annual apple festival.
Imagine a much cleaner Lake Hiawatha and a wetland teeming with life: fish, frogs, turtles, wild rice and many bird species. It is surrounded by a large park where almost everything is edible. Mixed-use trails meander past trees heavy with apples, pears, plums and cherries. Families enjoy blueberries, raspberries and hazelnuts while overlooking a playing field. Herb gardens, salad greens and wildflowers connect to art installations celebrating cultures and histories. Grape vines shade picnic tables while sunflowers stand proud next to play grounds. This is a park to inspire the soul, nourish the people and heal the land. You can also support this BIG IDEA by signing the petition here.
The idea of pick-your-own fruit orchards are family friendly fun that many of us are familiar with. However, most all of the farms in Minnesota are outside the Metro ring and inaccessible via public transport, therefore inequitable to our low-incomce residents without transport. I would love to build a (or system of) fruit orchards at our larger Minneapolis parks. Imagine a pick-your-own strawberry patch at the Rose Gardens or Powderhorn Peach and Plum Orchard. Minneapolis holds the potential to grow delicious fruits and the potential to provide fresh fruit access to our neighbors who are unable to drive to Stillwater or Forest Lake.
Reconstructing the majestic, frothy, steamy series of waterfalls to be more historically accurate.
Paddling just below St. Anthony Main down to the Ford Dam.
Planting cherries, small plums, serviceberries, chokecherries -- along parkways and low-traffic streets separating parks from residential areas. Currants and raspberries -- along the edges of forested areas.
Test and develop a model for organic food supported parks trying out the big ideas. Start with one pilot park that has all stakeholders on board.
Food shelters (for safety and access) nearby or with parks to distribute food to those in need and have a process for utilization of potential food grown in parks.
(like the one we did with MPRB at Beltrami Park!) and/or fun activites involving food for youth.
-- pollinator-friendly native habitat, protected, pesticide-free zones necessary for our own food supply.
-- training and programs for youth and adults who want to grow food in their neighborhood parks.
-- for promoting interaction & preservation of our locally abundant plants, trees, & flowers, & fungi.
-- foraging, wildcrafting, grafting, tapping, seed-saving, propagation & preservation.
-- reservable outdoor classroom/event pavilion space, bulk organic material collection, tool libraries, workshop space , chickens, ducks, honey bees & compost bins.
Transform underutilized industrial corridors into food parks with spaces for food growing and making.
Implement soil biology management to help landscapes be resilient to invasive species, drought, and disease.