Como community gardens come in all shapes, types, and sizes. This page provides linksand ways to connect to information on all of SE Como's community gardens, which are a potential creative or emotional outlet to all neighborhood residents. You can find more information at each specific garden webpage. And if you want to join our cadre of community gardeners, contact SECIA (firstname.lastname@example.org) for help determining which garden is the best fit for you. Or else just show up at one of our many workdays or worknights (Monday or Wednesday 6-8PM or Saturday 10:30am-12:30 pm) ready to get your hands dirty (although gloves and tools are usually provided).
Northeast corner of 22nd Ave SE & Como Ave SE (map)
This garden is a volunteer supported "park" that provides a restful spot for bikers, bus riders, and neighbors! Originally an overgrown vacant lot that was mostly owned by the railroad, Como Corner is now beautiful perennial flower garden and community meeting place. There is lots of history in this garden and new exciting developments happening as well. The Como Corner gardeners meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays evenings from 6:30 to sundown and occasionally have special events as well. See the SECIA Event Calendar.
Here is a glimpse of a couple of important elements about membership at FairShare:
FairShare Farm Community Vegetable Garden
Southeast corner of 22nd Ave SE & Fairmount Ave SE
The FairShare Farm garden is a shared garden space without individual plots. The vegetables are grown communally and harvest is split with elders in the Como area and participating gardeners. FairShare Farm has an ongoing relationship with the Southeast Seniors and the Little Kitchen Foodshelf. It is a learning space, so all levels of gardeners are welcome. To facilitate gathering and learning, the FairShare members often host SkillShares and monthly events called Farm On!
Signing up for 2016: For returning members, we will start taking your form and fee on Feb 1st. On March 1st, we will open up the remaining spots to those who live or work in the 55414 zip code. April 1st will allow gardeners outside of SE Minneapolis. The form will be attached to this page. Inquiries can be made to email@example.com. We also take Supporters, who have a lower commitment expectation. Sign up as a Supporter here.
Between 20th and 21st Ave SE at Talmage Ave SE (map)
Talmage Crossing started in 2009 by determined neighbors who wanted to beautify this herbicide sprayed and weed-covered area. The focus of this garden is the new median planters on both sides of the railroad crossing with hopes to expand into some of the adjacent vacant areas. The SECIA events calendar lists event dates where all community members are welcome!
Between 15th and Como at Van Cleve Park
Accord Garden is a small Native Plant Garden that exists around the Accord Statue in Van Cleve Park. The garden was started awhile back by a woman that lived in Como. Currently the garden is kept up by a few of the Como Gardens. If you have an interest or knowledge of Native Plants and would like to work in the garden, let us know!