When applications opened for the 2023 growing season, nearly 60 people applied to rent the 26 available garden plots. Demand was high among West African residents who were interested in not only growing culturally important foods, but also drawn to an activity that would bring the community together, reducing stress and isolation. Many others shared that gardening helped them feel a connection to their homeland and childhood memories.
On Sundays, community members can now shop for an array of produce and Minnesota goods at the new Newport Farmers Market. The market kicked off its first season on June 16 and will run through August 25. Located at the Newport Center, 1644 Hastings Ave, MN 55055, the market is open on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Washington County Public Health and Environment co-hosted an event with the Metro Food Access Network (MFAN) to showcase the important work happening in Washington County to increase access to healthy food for all residents. The event brought together over 100 individuals from healthcare, food shelves, farmers markets, nonprofits, government, and the community to learn about food access through an engaging panel of expert speakers and interactive food system stations.