Community garden applications now being accepted for 2013 season

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS – Residents of St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights and surrounding areas are again invited to submit applications to grow food as a community in the Inver Hills Community College-Metropolitan State University Interdisciplinary Community Garden.
Applications for the 2013 growing season will be accepted through Feb. 15, 2013.
Established in April 2012, the community garden allowed gardeners to donate 1,511 pounds of fresh, pesticide-free produce during the 2012 growing season to local food shelves Neighbors, Inc., St. Paul First Lutheran Church and Neighborhood House. More than 250 students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members participated in gardening efforts, including planting a 55-tree apple orchard.
Aside from generating produce for local food shelves, the community garden provides space for students and community members who wish to grow their own food on individual plots. Community members may apply for one or two 10-foot-by-10-foot plots. The fee is $15 per plot. Students from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System have priority for plots. If there are fewer plots than there are applicants, plots will be determined via lottery.
For more information or to obtain a garden application, visit www.inverhills.edu/CampusLife/CommunityGarden. For questions, email garden@inverhills.edu or call Professor Barb Curchack at (651) 450-3739.
About Inver Hills
Founded in 1970, Inver Hills Community College is a comprehensive college committed to continuously improving student understanding and capabilities that help students lead purposeful lives, contribute to a vital social and economic community, and pursue lifelong learning. A member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, the college offers more than 20 degree options, including liberal education courses and career-related degrees in leading occupational areas. For more information, visit www.inverhills.edu.

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