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CAPI Community Gardens

July 17, 2012

On July 14th, CAPI hosted their Garden Block Party at their Brooklyn Center Community Garden.  At the event, our very own Minnesota Project intern Sara Denzer gave an incredible presentation entitled “Fruits and Vegetables can be Healthy and Fun.”  This was an interactive workshop for kids on nutrition facts where each participant got to make and eat a delicious no-bake veggie pizza.  Click HERE to read more about the presentation.

This community garden in Brooklyn Center is gardened by over 20 families and is one of three gardens run by participants of CAPI’s Gardens Project.  According to CAPI, the “…Gardens Project empowers immigrants and refugees, particularly immigrant and refugee women, as community leaders through gardening and small-scale farming and creates access to affordable healthy, fresh, and culturally suitable food for low-income immigrants and refugees.”

In 2012, CAPI joined the Garden Gleaning Project as one of our new partnering food shelf agencies.  CAPI’s food shelf, located in the Sabathani Center, is the state’s only Asian specific food shelf – offering specific foods and “linguistic accessibility” for their Southeast Asian families. Each individual that is gardening a plot at one of CAPI’s gardens is able to grow more fresh food for themselves and their families.  In return for being able to use the land, CAPI requests that each individual make a small donation to the CAPI food shelf once a month.  The Garden Gleaning Project is very excited to be partnering with CAPI this year and to be assisting their gardeners in transporting their fresh produce donations to the CAPI food shelf.

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