Through its Garden-in-a-Box program, the MSHS donated 40 raised-bed garden box kits to the St Paul Midway Y to teach the community to grow fresh produce and experience the benefits of gardening: affordable, healthy food; exercise; outdoor activity; and community growth.
The Midway Y installed the gardens in their new Community Teaching Giving Garden. Over 130 kids, ages 3 to 12, from the Midway Y childcare and day camp are learning about gardening and growing produce for their families and for Open Hands Midway, a local food shelf. About 90% of the children are under the poverty line. This community garden is tended by St Paul Midway Y children, volunteers and members, as well as volunteers from St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club. Blue Cross Blue Shield provided funds for the Y to purchase stock tanks for larger display gardens around the edge of the Garden-in-a-Box gardens. The garden was designed by the Landscape Architecture team at Cuningham Group.
The Garden-in-a-Box program is funded in part by: General Mills Foundation, HeathPartners yumPower, Gannett Foundation, Land O’Lakes, Saint Paul Garden Club, and individual donations. It is made possible by vendor support from CreekSide Soil, Farmer Seed and Nursery, Wagner Greenhouses, and Easy Growin’.