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How To Get Involved

Membership in our Salad Share CSA

Photo: Community Supported Agriculture Customers

Subscribe to our Community Supported Agriculture program. For an annual fee, each week during the growing season members receive a bag packed with fresh organic produce, a beautiful flower bouquet, and delicious recipes for the featured foods of the week. All of our vegetables, herbs, and flowers are grown directly by children and youth in our programs. Joining our CSA is a delicious, healthy, and easy way to contribute to youth development and the environment in your community!

Farmers' Markets

Photo: Farmers' Market Stand

During the summer the Garden Corps youth interns operate two Farmers' Markets. Both markets offer fresh, organic produce, herbs, and flowers as well as the opportunity to meet our youth interns.

Tuesday Market Stand (June 21st-August 30th)

When: Every Tuesday from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM

Where: Community Design Center of Minnesota, 731 East 7th Street in St. Paul.

Saturday Market Stand (Fall)

When: September 10, 17 and 24 from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Where: Mill City Farmers' Market in Minneapolis. Visit the Mill City Farmers' Market webpage for more details.

Please call our office at 651.228.7073 for more information.

Volunteer Mentors, Guest Speakers, or Gardeners

Photo: A volunteer presents to students.

Mentors and presenters are needed to assist with our youth intern programs. If you work in a field related to gardening, the culinary arts, food, environmental sciences, conservation, or ecology, you can volunteer to be a career mentor or make a presentation about your occupation to the interns in our program.

If you are interested in helping us plant our gardens, volunteers are needed every year in the late spring.

If you are interested in volunteering with us please call our office. Volunteering will help make your community stronger!

Intern Products

Each year interns learn entrepreneurial skills by designing and making a variety of garden related products. Products include wreaths made from dried flowers and herbs from our gardens, handmade felt garden ornaments, artistic note cards, herbal vinegars made from herbs from our gardens, and our “Fresh from the Garden” cookbook containing 32 delicious recipes from our friends and a variety of local and national chefs. Products are available for purchase throughout the year.

Photo: Wreaths created by interns
Photo: Vinegars, notecards, and cookbooks produced by interns

Internships

Youth between the ages of 14 and 18 who live or go to school on St. Paul's East Side are eligible to apply for the Garden Corps and Conservation Corps internship programs. Interested youth should contact us in the early spring to apply for our internship programs.

Financial Support

Plant a seed and help us grow! Financial or in-kind contributions are greatly appreciated and go directly to our “Youth Enterprise in Food and Ecology” project work. To support our programs stop by our office or mail your contributions to:

Community Design Center of Minnesota
Suite 100
731 East 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106