Our mission is to build vibrant and healthy communities through food, conservation and youth development.

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Photo: Children’s Garden at 3rd and Maria

Dayton's Bluff Children's Garden at 3rd & Maria

Photo: Working at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary

Working at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary

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Community Design Center of Minnesota

Community Design Center of Minnesota

A Video Introduction to What We Do


Join us at our Birthday Party & Fundraising Dinner

6:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 9th
Dodge Nature Center

Presented by AgriBank

Join us as we officially announce our new name! Celebrate with a dinner catered by World Street Kitchen and menu designed by chef Sameh Wadi, James Beard Award semi-finalist. Dinner will feature three courses with a wine accompaniment and will benefit our youth gardening, cooking, and conservation programs.

Purchase your dinner ticket on our Facebook page.


Support Eastside Youth and Healthy Food Systems: Buy a Garden Share from the Youth Garden Corps

Buying a CSA share from the Community Design Center of Minnesota's Youth Garden Corps is a great way for you to get fresh vegetables while supporting a community-based urban gardening program.

How it works: You pay $155 in the early spring, and every week for 11 weeks during the summer you pick up a bag of fresh produce grown and harvested by youth that live or go to school on the East Side of St. Paul. Each week, we will also publish a newsletter with stories from our youth gardeners, recipes that complement that week's produce, and information about a featured Crop of the Week.

Find out more and buy your share now! Download our 2013 CSA membership form (260 KB PDF) to learn more and sign up for our 2013 Garden Share.


Changemakers: Teens Who Earn and Learn

[Logo: Sundance Family Foundation]

These clips are selections about the Community Design Center of Minnesota from the Changemakers video. To learn more about Changemakers: Teens Who Learn and Earn and the Sundance Family Foundation, visit the Sundance Family Foundation Web site.

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Alumni share their CDC story


The Community Design Center of Minnesota is proud to be a host site and partner for the City of St. Paul's Youth Job Corps. We are grateful for the support this program provides for our youth internships.