The Green Garden Bakery Buildout Volunteers

On Saturday April 30th, 12 Dark Clouds Volunteers shared their Silver Lining with the Green Garden Bakery in North Minneapolis.

20160430_141443This was by far the most we’ve ever asked of our volunteers in one event! In 6 hours we built 11 raised planting beds (four were 4’x16’ and seven were 4’x8’). All have a built in bench and 3 have a trellis for climbing vegetables. Posts were also set in concrete for a sign and 2 water caddies.

20160430_095550The Green Garden Bakery, supported by Urban Strategies Inc., is a youth-run green business selling vegetable based desserts to the Minneapolis community. Kids participating in the program learn to plan, plant, grow, harvest, bake, brand, market and sell their products in local food co-ops and bake sales.

20160430_151631The garden was planned and organized by Hennepin County Master Gardener Del Hampton and designed by Silver Lining Coordinator Rich Harrison. After the event, Elana Dahlberg of Urban Strategies said, “Out of all of the volunteer groups I’ve worked with in the past six years in social services, the Dark Clouds were definitely the most hard-working and energetic group! Additionally, I really appreciated your patience and engagement while for taking the neighborhood kids under your wings.”

After setting the last post in concrete, neighbors rewarded us with tea and Quraa: fried dough soaked in syrup, a traditional Ethiopian dessert.

Volunteers went over to Elsies for beers after the project was complete.
Volunteers went over to Elsies for beers after the project was complete.

Way to go volunteers for your hard work and dedication on this amazing project.

Next up: Twin Cities Burger Battle on May21st from 3:30 to 8pm at Harriet Island in St. Paul. All proceeds go to The Sanneh Foundation.

Stay tuned to for future events!

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