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Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden

The Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden is a collaboration of MNIPL, Gandhi Mahal Restaurant, and First Nations Kitchen. Together, we are exploring the connections between food justice, faith, and climate change while doing our part to create a socially just and culturally relevant food system that embodies our values. 

We are thrilled to share our story with you. Check out our short video, Growing Together. 

Funding for this video is provided by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. 

 

More about the garden -

Gandhi Mahal started this backyard garden in 2012 as a pilot project with HECUA, providing local, sustainably-grown food for the restaurant. The garden is a part of a bigger network of farms and of the economic system of Gandhi Mahal, showcasing their commitment to building sustainable communities and increasing the food security of our neighborhoods. Check out what Gandhi Mahal has done over the years!

We’ve created a community-based food system that is equitable, culturally-relevant, and based on growing healthy food that produces healthy people and a healthy planet. In 2016, we started growing crops based on the traditional diets of Native American and Bangladeshi/Indian cultures. The crops we harvest become an assortment of traditional dishes at Gandhi Mahal, as well as supply the healthy, indigenous-diet based meals prepared every Sunday night at First Nations Kitchen, a ministry of All Saints Indian Mission. 

Last season, we:

  • Grew 700 pounds of vegetables!

  • Hosted 12 volunteer groups, teaching them about composting, regenerative agriculture best practices, building soil health, and sustainable farming practices.

  • Brought together people from 6 different faith backgrounds at an Interfaith Climate Conversation & Iftar, digging into the connection between climate change and agriculture and then breaking fast with our Muslim brothers and sisters observing Ramadan.

  • Spent every Sunday Night at the garden from the end of May to the beginning of June with guests from First Nations Kitchen for Open Garden Night, playing music, reading poetry, and singing until the mosquitoes came out.


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Grow with us in 2017 -

Volunteer. We welcome you to be a part of growing the garden. Click here to register members of your faith community, organization, youth group, or just yourself to volunteer. Contact Claire Baglien, Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden Coordinator, at clairebaglien@mnipl.org or 763-772-6439.

Open Garden Nights. We had so much fun this past season at Open Garden Night, but won't be hosting again until late spring 2017. The garden is as much as space to grow food as it is a space to build relationships with members of the community. Sunday evenings in the summer from 6:30-8 pm, people come to the garden to learn about what we are doing (weather permitting). The Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden is an intentionally welcoming, open space for everyone to learn about how we as people from all faith backgrounds can address climate change through sustainable agriculture. Live music happens often, as do light refreshments and fun conversations!

Donate. Ever wanted to sponsor a portable toilet for a month or help fund the irrigation system at an urban farm? Now is your chance! Please consider donating to the work we're doing to address climate change through sustainable agriculture. 

Questions? Contact Claire Baglien, Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden Coordinator, at clairebaglien@mnipl.org or 763-772-6439.