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 intersections between food justice, faith, and climate change by growing healthy food for our partners and creating a radically welcoming space for community to thrive.
We are thrilled to share our story with you. Check out our short video, Growing Together, to learn more.
Funding for this video is provided by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Why a garden?
The Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden provides a tangible community space in a South Minneapolis backyard in which we practice regenerative agriculture to sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) and address climate change. By hosting volunteers from communities of faith, youth groups, and individuals of all spiritual paths, we are also exploring our connection with the earth through food in how what we grow relates to diverse cultural and spiritual backgrounds.
Regenerative Agriculture. What if we told you 75% of global CO2 emissions could be stored in the soil, every year, for centuries? The movement for regenerative agriculture is blooming. We are focusing on cultivating healthy soils that have the power to sustain a local food system, fully-fed people, and a stable climate. At the garden, we teach volunteers and community members about regenerative agriculture best practices on a small scale, to inform and inspire how we should be thinking about our agriculture system on a large scale. Check out the short video below, telling a new story about how a more resilient and sustainable food system has the power to curb climate change.
Food Justice. The work of First Nations Kitchen brings to light major health disparities and lack of access to healthy, culturally-relevant food in Indigenous communities. Gandhi Mahal’s owner, Ruhel Islam, and his roots in Bangladesh remind us of how climate-related disasters and famine are deeply intertwined. At the garden, we know we can’t simply grow food and call it a day. We have to do so in a way that makes sense in the context of our community. That’s why we plant crops based on the food cultures of our partners, practice chemical and petroleum-based fertilizer free methods of farming to ensure the health and vitality of our neighbors and planet, and aim to make healthy food more available for everyone.
Community Building & Faith Values. People of all faith backgrounds are called to care for the planet and people. We host Sunday Open Garden Nights and other events throughout the season to ignite conversations between people of diverse backgrounds. Our team encourages radical hospitality to create a welcoming and safe space. We invite volunteers and guests to dig into their connection with food, each other, and their spiritual beliefs.