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Positive Change: Growing West Side

We’re proud that our reusable bag donation program reflects our overall mission as a co-op. With Positive Change, your reusable bag credit is worth 10¢ each. Choose to keep it, or donate it to our monthly non-profit recipients.

Plus, in the spirit of making a greater impact on our community, you can round up to support these organizations every time you shop! In February, your donations will go to support the work of Growing West Side.

57777_GROWING_LOGO_mockup_01 copyGrowing West Side is a St. Paul organization building community through urban agriculture projects. The organization cultivates opportunities to learn, to access locally grown food and to build authentic connections with neighbors to create a vibrant, thriving West Side community in St. Paul.

Stop by our stores to meet representatives from Growing West Side from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on these dates:

2/4 – West 7th
2/10 – East 7th
2/11 – Selby

Growing West Side believes all West Siders are valuable contributors and that their programs are platforms for community members to gain confidence, and to share their skills and their voice in improving the neighborhood. Working together enables the capacity to identify more needs, solve more problems, and expand resources. Growing West Side focuses on establishing positive, long-term impacts socially, environmentally and economically on the West Side.

Growing West Side Projects:

  • In only its third year, The West Side Farmers Market brought veggies, coffee, donuts, music, art, and smiles to over 4000 people, and is poised to do even more in 2016!
  • The Growing West Side Seed Library and Education Program gave out hundreds of free seed packets to local gardeners, as well as providing free educational classes on everything from growing beans, to starting winter seeds, to planting bee and pollinator friendly flowers!
  • Beans on the Boulevard continued to fulfill its mission of building a more connected community through visible boulevard planting, conversation, and sharing the harvest.
  • The Growing West Side Orchard Project installs orchards and plants to be enjoyed and maintained by the community. Our orchard at Fire House #6 on Cesar Chavez has expanded this year to include a permaculture system of herbs, berries, bulbs, ground cover, and annual and perennial flowers.