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East Side Garden Corps

Photo: Youth Interns show off their produce

Since 1996 the Community Design Center has engaged youth from St. Paul's East Side in sustainable urban agriculture. We operate seven organic vegetable, herb, and flower gardens with a variety of partners hosting our gardens. Our gardens are located on state and city property, at a local nursing home, at a local restaurant, at two local churches, and at a private residence.

We use our gardens to teach young people basic job skills, help them make connections to career opportunities, teach them sustainable growing methods, promote active involvement within their community, and explore healthy lifestyle and food choices.

Youth between the ages of 14 and 18 who live or go to school on St. Paul's East Side can become Garden Corps interns. During the growing season, Garden Corps interns help plant and maintain the seven gardens, run a Community Supported Agriculture program, operate two Farmers' Markets, and sell produce to local restaurants. Throughout the summer, interns also participate in weekly classes and field trips covering a wide range of topics around food, personal health, and the environment. During the fall and winter, interns further develop entrepreneurial skills by creating and selling garden related products such as herbal vinegars, wreaths, ornaments, note cards, and cookbooks.

Garden Corps interns also have the opportunity to join our Community Peer Leadership Program during the school year to act as mentors and leaders to other young people in the community.

Want to be a CSA member, Garden Corps intern, or buy our intern products? Call us at 651.228.7073!

For a glimpse of some of our program activities, view our East Side Garden Corps Slide Show!

Please feel free to visit our gardens!

Our gardens are located throughout St. Paul's East Side at the following locations:

Dayton's Bluff Children's Garden
3rd St. and Maria
Swede Hollow Kitchen Garden
721 East 7th St.
HealthEast Care Center Garden
753 East 7th St.
1288 Forest St. Garden
Holy Trinity Church Garden
956 Forest St.
Sam Eddy Memorial Garden at First Covenant Church
1280 Arcade St. (Garden is behind the church, on the corner of Mendota and Orange St.)
Harding High Food For Thought Garden
Cul de sac at the end of Fremont Ave. just off Birmingham Ave. (near Harding High School)

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