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History and Background Details about the Program

Transition Longfellow

Transition Longfellow is primarily composed of neighbors in South Minneapolis's Greater Longfellow neighborhoods with participants from throughout the metro area. We are one of more than 165 "official" Transition Town initiatives in the US, joining more than 350 Transition Towns worldwide in a global movement to build more resilient individuals and families and more sustainable communities.

Transition Longfellow creates opportunities for people to learn about and to take action on the key areas of transition: reduced dependence on fossil fuels, increasing energy efficiency and conservation, relocalizing our economy, building a more resilient and healthy food supply, reducing unnecessary consumption and reducing waste.

Chard Your Yard Program 

Chard Your Yard is the signature food-resilience project of Transition Longfellow, and was launched in 2013. Since that time that group has installed 190 3'x 5' raised beds using a "Garden Mob" of community volunteers to efficiently install the beds within days.

Our goal is to use economies of scale to create affordable garden beds for our neighbors, providing them with a quality finished product at cost.  By doing so we create community, improve our neighbors health, and create more sustainable communities.  

Program Scope

In 2021, Transition Longfellow intends to install (32) 3’ x 5’ x12" raised bed gardens and 4 double-high beds on residential properties (homeowner or rental property) in the neighborhoods primarily of 55406 but will include residents in Cooper, Corcoran, Standish, Ericcson, Seward, Longfellow, Howe, and Hiawatha neighborhoods. New for 2021, we willl also be selling buckets of dirt for $2 each. Some of the funds raised through selling dirt will be used to help subsidize beds for people who are low income and/or people who have physical disabilities.

Program Cost and Funding

For Transition Longfellow, this project is self-funding - we strive to simply break even, and neither gain nor lose money from this project. Our goal is to work with neighbors to build the food-resilience of the neighborhood. 

Since the start of the project, we have partnered with the Environment and Gorge Committee of the Longfellow Community Council to provide financial assistane for at-risk neighborhood residents - low income and persons with physical disabilities.  Through their generous support and through the support of Transition Longfellow, we continue to provide sizable discounts to these groups.  

We are thrilled to be providing the following subsidies for the 2021 program:

  • Half of the cost of regular sized beds for low-income/senior citizen gardeners ($37.50 per bed)
  • Half of the cost of 4 double-high beds for gardeners with disabilities ($75 per bed)