What doES Frogtown Green Do?
And how Can you Help?
Lily Pad Community Garden
Our most ambitious project to date, the Lily Pad mixes community gathering space, vegetable gardens for seniors, and a greatly expanded tree nursery on one large vacant lot at the corner of Dale Street and Lafond Avenue. Experienced senior farmers, tree planters, adjacent neighbors, and other partners are working hard to turn a 20,000 square foot lot—vacant for the past decade—into a thing of beauty. Stop by this summer any Wednesday afternoon from 2-5 to help us transform the place!
Monarch butterflies, honeybees and other beautiful pollinators have more places to land and feed, at Frogtown Green's prairie gardens. Pollinator-friendly plantings are maintained by volunteers at Monarch City, on the west end and the north side of the West Minnehaha Recreation Center, 685 Minnehaha Avenue. On a summer day, the gardens are alive with bees, butterflies and birds! New gardens are growing on the north and east corners of the park in 2020. Volunteers are welcome to help out by mulching, weeding and watering every Thursday from 2-4 pm.
Tree Frogs Pop-Up Park
Frogtown has less tree canopy on private land than any other city neighborhood. The energetic Tree Frogs are working to change that. This volunteer group has planted over 400 new trees in front and back yards, and on public spaces in Frogtown. Donated trees are kept over the summer months in our innovative community gravel bins, at the Tree Park on Dale Street and Lafond Avenue. We're planting lots more trees in fall 2020 in collaboration with the city's forestry unit. Join the Tree Frogs and help plant a record 70 trees this year!
Our Village Community Garden
Frogtown residents and friends maintain space at Our Village, a 40-bed community garden at Pierce Butler and Milton Avenue. Gardeners of all different ages and abilities learn from one another. In past years, special events at Our Village have included a strawberry ice cream social, concerts on an artist-painted grand piano and a harvest bonfire. In 2020, we're concentrating on growing as much food as possible to share with our neighborhood food shelves. Join us on Friday afternoons, from 3-5 pm.
The Sustainability Circus
Step right up to our unique Sustainability Circus! Climate change is coming to Frogtown, and we will be better prepared for its impact if we can learn how to adapt. On September 7, 2019, the Circus came to Frogtown for the first time; in 2020, the tents, performers, food and fun will be back with even more entertaining and useful ideas. If we can't have an on-site circus, we'll be looking for ways to reinvent it! We'd love your ideas and input; give us a call to join our planning group.