Grow Burnsville

Grow Burnsville aims to build a long-term solution to help the rising challenge of food inequity in our community by increasing opportunities for locally grown produce with high nutritional value and to enhance access to open space, youth involvement and physical activity for our most vulnerable residents.

Key Outcomes

Photos of raw vegetables, people planting and cooking supplies

  • •Infrastructure: Gardens and Organics Drop-off
    • More community gardens in additional locations to help nourish our community including one coming soon to Crosstown East
    • Partnership with Dakota County so residents can sign up to bring their household organics to a drop-off location at Civic Center Park for composting, timeline and details currently in development
  • Market Garden, planned for Civic Center Park, provides education and internship opportunities for youth to gain work and life skills and become stewards of their community
  • Food Forest, an open food resource for those in need, planned for Civic Center Park
    • Low maintenance
    • Free access
    • Fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, strawberries
    • Permaculture
  • Community outreach and education through fun events, cooking classes, internships and volunteer opportunities and expert advice on gardening

Grow Burnsville is off to a strong start thanks to a first place grant award of $125,000 from the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABHFA) for their 2021 Childhood Obesity Prevention and Environmental Health and Sustainability Awards. 

View Press release (PDF)

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Let us know how you Grow Burnsville! Did one of our starter garden kits help your family dig into planting season? Are you ordering native plants from this year's Native Plant Market? Do you have a plot at our Community Garden? Will you be experimenting with new fruits, vegetables or flowers this year? No matter how you plan to Grow Burnsville, we want to hear (and see) your projects!

Enter for a chance to win! All photo and story entries submitted will be entered in a random drawing for a Grow Burnsville prize.

Need a jumpstart on your garden? We will have small garden starter kits available for pickup at City Hall from April 19 - May 14 during regular business hours; one per household, while supplies last. 

Collaboration

The Parks Frameworks Plan provides an opportunity to repurpose park space at Civic Center Park. The warming house and outdoor ice rink were slated to be removed sometime in 2021-2024 and we are able to combine the Frameworks Plan and Grow Burnsville to create a space to better serve our community

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