Welcome to Chard Your Yard!

Chard Your Yard is a program that provides 24 - 3' x 5' x 12" installed garden beds for residents of the Greater Longfellow neighborhood.  The gardens are provided at-cost to residents, and construction and delivery are provided by volunteers.  To find out more about the gardens and the installation process, visit our Gardens page.  

Garden Location Eligibility

To be eligible to receive a garden, the garden must be installed in the 55406 zipcode.  Subsidized beds for Low-income and Seniors, and persons with disabilities are availiable for only for residents the Longfellow, Cooper, Howe and Hiawatha neighborhoods.  If you have questions about your address eligibility, please check the Location page.   

Garden Prices

For 2020, the price for an installed bed is $70.  This covers the cost of the lumber and fastening materials, and for the dirt/compost mix to fill the bed.  

The Longfellow Community Council provides subsidies for Seniors and Low Income persons, and for persons with disibilities.  Prices for these beds are as follows:

  • Senior and Low-income beds - $35
  • Persons with Disabilities - $70

For more pricing details, visit our Gardens page.  

Program Motivation

Fresh food from a home garden improves a family's health and a community's food resilience. That's why victory gardens were promoted in WWII and it's the same reasons we promote gardens today. Add in the benefit of reducing the miles your food needs to travel (its carbon footprint) and the improved taste and nutritional value of a vine-ripened tomato, a sun-warmed strawberry or a super-sweet carrot and that's why Transition Longfellow created the Chard Your Yard program!

Chard Your Yard is the signature food-resilience project of Transition Longfellow. We are a group of volunteers who promote gardening in our community by installing ready-to-plant raised garden beds for our neighbors. We have been doing this since Chard Your Yard was launched in 2013; since that time our group has installed about 160 raised garden beds in the greater Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis!

We have been successful by using economies of scale to create affordable garden beds for our neighbors, providing them with a quality finished product at cost. We are able to complete installation in two days by activating a mob of volunteers to do the heavy lifting, cutting and assembling beds, delivering the beds and then retuning 3 days later to fill the beds. The hard work of hauling dirt and wielding cordless drills does more than build a garden, we also improve our neighbors health, and create more sustainable communities.

Chard Your Yard has received financial assistance every year from the Longfellow Community Council to make the project more affordable for at-risk neighborhood residents - the elderly, low income, and persons with physical disabilities.  LCC also supports the project’s branding and publicity through funding for the signage that our neighbors recognize immediately!

To learn more about our parent group, Transition Longfellow - follow this link https://www.transitionlongfellow.org/