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Thursday June 20th 2024

Edible Boulevards


Join us for our Edible Boulevards cooking classes! Our class will help you utilize the harvest from your own garden to create simple, delicious summer and autumn recipes. We were delighted to have Appetite for Change teach our first two classes, and we”™re excited to welcome Kelly Shay, founder of Harmonious World, to lead our September and October classes. You”™ll learn about the nutritional value of the produce in each recipe, and when the class is over, you will have made that evening”™s meal for yourself and your family. Invite your partner, a friend, or your kids to the Zoom class, and cook the meal together! Here”™s what we have in store for you:

  • Thursday, September 30 with Kelly Shay: Vegetable Basil Stir-fry w/ Quinoa and a Side Salad — 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 28 with Kelly Shay: Cozy Autumn Lentil Stew — 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Register in advance:

Edible Boulevards is an initiative focused on making fresh produce accessible in every Minneapolis neighborhood, starting with Green Zone neighborhoods, which have suffered environmental injustice and food apartheid policies for decades. Our garden sites get tested for lead, because children in Green Zone neighborhoods typically experience higher blood lead levels. We teach participants self-sustainability in gardening, so that they can share their skills with neighbors, friends and family, and grow their own food together.

We are partnered with the East Phillips Improvement Coalition (EPIC) and have funding to build several gardens for residents of East Phillips. Please contact if you”™d like an application.

If you”™re interested, and don”™t live in East Phillips, we still welcome you to attend our free cooking classes. The first five people from South Minneapolis who pre-register will get a $10 Seward Co-op gift card, to help defray the cost of the August class. If you want to create a boulevard garden on your own, tell your city council member, so they”™re aware that more people are in favor of our pilot program. We hope to change the ordinance that prohibits growing edible plants on the boulevard. If the city suddenly begins a crack-down on this ordinance, we”™ll tell them you”™re one of us! And even though we can”™t provide funding for gardens outside of East Phillips, please reach out to us, to let us know that there”™s a demand in your neighborhood. We”™d love to have volunteers from any neighborhood to help us build our capacity as an all volunteer initiative.

Check out our Minneapolis Edible Boulevards Facebook page each month, where we post the recipe with the ingredients list. You can also watch the classes on Facebook. We can”™t wait to cook with you!

Anita, Michelle, Lila, Tim, and Joythi helped to create the Edible Boulevard at Hawthorne”™s Celestial Garden, tended to by this group of urban agriculture community organizers.

Karen”™s family is creating a space for the community to gather in East Phillips, break bread, do projects, and take any food they might need.

Christie created a land acknowledgment for the garden and spoke about it to the Growing North Minneapolis students in Jordan.

Edible Boulevards and Zintkala Luta tabling at the East Phillips Urban Farm rally on August 1.

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