The Wilder Foundation has agreed to sell a 12-acre property in St Paul to the Trust for Public Land, bringing the shared vision of the non-profit Frogtown Gardens and Sarah Weeks (MLA 11) closer to fruition.
The mission of Frogtown Gardens is to make their neighborhood healthier and greener. The neighborhood is challenged by low incomes, high health risks, and the lack of green space. Since 2009, the group has worked to create Frogtown Farm, an urban agriculture site on the former-Wilder property in the center of their neighborhood.
Last year, Sarah Weeks worked with Frogtown Gardens to develop her capstone project. Based on her research, she though the land should be used as a teaching space to demonstrate the principles of organic gardening, along with outdoor spaces for trails, festivals, and art.
Weeks currently works as a Research Fellow for the Metropolitan Design Center where she works on projects ranging from street design to phytoremediation to rethinking school landscapes. She also assists the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum with graphics for their children's urban gardening programs.