Urban Agriculture Spawns North Side Enterprise

September 27, 2017


Project Sweetie PiePoet/activist Michael Chaney may best be known for the greening of North Minneapolis through Project Sweetie Pie, the urban agriculture and advocacy nonprofit he founded and runs. But his vision goes far beyond gardening.

He’s aiming to create a “Nile of the North,” a green corridor of community gardens with deltas of economic and ecological opportunity for residents — especially young people.

“We are aligning advocates and resources to preserve the land and create a local food system, not only to raise our children, but our children’s children’s children,” he says.

Turning vacant lots into productive organic gardens has environmental benefits, too. Tilled soil lets water soak into the ground instead of flowing off the land into lakes and rivers. This helps keeps water clean, an essential part of healthy local food production.

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