Urban Farm Tour Saturday, Sept. 18

Urban Farm Tour
Saturday, September 18, 10 am – 2 pm
sponsored by the
Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association and
Duluth Community Garden Program

Enjoy the day visiting Duluth area urban gardens and farms this Saturday from 10AM-2PM. This event is a great opportunity to explore  food being raised in our city, by your neighbors. Gain inspiration for your next project, or just enjoy walking among edible plants and animals. The following locations are part of this year’s tour. This is a wonderful event for all ages.

Gardens, Bees and Chicks…
1119 E 5th Street
Jeff Greensmith grows hops, tomatoes, corn, carrot and beet for seed, winter squash, raspberries, potatoes, chard, beans, peas.

1230 East 8th Street
Jay and MaryB Newcomb, together with another family, grow apple and cherry trees, raspberries,  and a large vegetable garden.
They use a greenhouse for tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. They  have just finished terracing the hillside to make additional garden

1001 N 10th Ave E- corner of 10th St and 10th Ave E-park on 10th St (not Ave) to enter backyard Nancy Nelson eliminated grass from her yard and replaced it with a mixture of perennials, trees, and shrubs, including apple trees, Nanking cherry bushes, Juneberries, highbush cranberries, and various herbs. She has tomatoes and herbs growing in containers on the deck, and has a flock of five chickens.

432 E 10th St
Kristin Stuchis and Michael Gabler’s yard is a food forest. It has a rain barrel, greenhouse, vegetables, chickens, and a fruit orchard.

1938 Lawn Street- Across the street from the UMD Planetarium and Medical School
Marian Syrjamaki-Kuchta has apple trees, raspberry and blueberry bushes, black currant bushes, salad garden, a few tomatoes,cucumbers, grapevine, water barrel catchment, compost heap, and five hens.

The Duluth Grill, 118 S 27th Avenue West
Tom Hanson and his team’s latest project has been to grow and harvest some of their own herbs and vegetables in situ. They have20x8x2-foot raised beds in the parking lot. Plant selection and gardening by Francois Medion:heirloom and unusual vegetables: tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, rainbow chard, mustard green, mesclun lettuces,radicchio lettuce, rat tail radishes, peppers, beans, peasherbs and edible flowers: basil, pansies, evening primrose, borage, comfrey, berries: ground cherries, decorative plants: sunflowers, castor plants, gourd vines, cardinal climbers.

3026 Minnesota Avenue, Park Point
Coral McDonnell says the Lafayette Community Edible Garden, a  collective community garden in an old hockey rink onPark Point, has 32 raised beds, 8 fruit trees (apple, plum, cherry, pear), a dozen scarecrows made by the kids in the ParkPoint Youth Program, storage towers from the demolition of Play Front Park, vegetables, and strawberries. Workingmembers share the food, and a share of the harvest goes to the Damiano Center or the Food Shelf. They plan to add more raised beds.

Where the Bees Are…
1612 East Skyline Parkway – Second house west of the bridge on Skyline near the entrance to Chester Bowl
At John Pastor and Mary Dragich’s, almost every square foot of the yard is in gardens: rooftop gardens, terraced gardens, a foodforest, and wildflower gardens. They grow vegetables from asparagus to zucchini and fruit from apples to raspberries (sorry, no fruitsthat begin with “z”). And they raise bees.

16 East Kent Road – go up 21st Ave E, turn right on Woodland Ave, turn right at stoplight onto Kent Road-house is on the right.
In David Worley’s backyard there are four honey bee hives. This is their third year of backyard beekeeping. They will have honeyfor sampling, and will happily let people don suits and go into the hives if they choose. The bees become much more aggressive afterharvesting, so  proper protective clothing will be a requirement.



about 14 years ago

Is this self-guided, or do people meet up at a certain time and place and go all together?


about 14 years ago

The Urban Farm Tour is self-guided.

I will put some flyers at the Duluth Farmers Market for Saturday morning.

You can find the flyer on the Duluth Community Garden website, also.

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