Urban Food Production
Growing food in a city can create stronger communities, open doors for new businesses, provide educational opportunities, and bring healthy food into our neighborhoods. Use the resources below to find information about growing food in Saint Paul. Contact Mark Granlund, Arts and Gardens Coordinator, at (651) 632-2454 or
Community Gardens and Urban Farms
There are over 58 community vegetable gardens in Saint Paul. To inquire about joining an existing garden contact Gardening Matters
at (612) 821-2358. Interested in starting a new community garden or farm on public property? Check out the information below about finding land in the city.
A land inventory of Saint Paul was completed in 2012 to document vacant land in the city for possible food production sites. A formal process for accessing land on public property will be in place for the 2013 growing season. Stay tuned!
Urban soil is often polluted with lead and other contaminants that can be absorbed into plants. Soil testing is required for community gardens on City-owned lots. The University of Minnesota
also offers soil testing for a small fee (contact 612-625-3101). For more information see Gardening Matter's page on soil testing and compost
and read this urban soil information
from the Minnesota Department of Health.
Water access is a priority for gardeners, but is not always easily available at each site. The City is willing to work with groups to find the best source of water.
Fertilizer and Pesticide Use
Organic methods for growing plants on City-owned property is preferred. If there is a need for chemical pesticides, the applicator must be licensed (contact Mark Granlund 651-632-2454). Click here
for a list of organic soil amendments that are allowed without an applicator's license.
Am I allowed to sell produce?
See the Zoning and Permits page for details
Which animals am I allowed to keep in the city?
See this link
Are hoop houses permitted?
Hoop houses are considered accessory buildings and are regulated under section 63.501
of the City code.
Can I harvest food in City parks?
Parks has a No Harvest Policy except in designated community gardens or orchards.