North Gate Commons
The University of Minnesota Student Organic Farm is creating a new community space for students interested in sustainable agriculture to learn about food production and build community. The project will include a central open gathering plaza, an outdoor shaded classroom to convene classes and workshops, and a sustainably-managed perennial ground covered area to allow for student events that require lawn-like spaces, such as performances or large meals, a kitchen garden, and dozens of novel edible plants and trees to promote hands-on and experiential learning, via both coursework and mentored undergraduate and graduate student research.
Our goal is to create an aesthetically-pleasing, functional space for University of Minnesota students to learn about sustainable agriculture and food justice in our community, while providing countless opportunities for community engagement. Because this project involves construction oriented toward enhanced teaching, this project would be difficult to fund via traditional sources such as competitive grants.
We have dozens of students each year desperate for opportunities that link farming to community – we greatly need a space for students to connect with community partners and bring sustainable and just agriculture to life!
North Gate Commons will be located certified organic land on the Cornercopia Student Organic Farm on the University of MN St. Paul campus.
The site presents tremendous opportunities for students to connect classroom based learning to hands-on experience through farm internships, service learning projects, workshops, and events.