Resource List

Since cultivating community is essential to the mission of Growing West Side, we offer the following resources and links to other community organizations.

West Side Gardening Organizations and Programs

Cherokee Heights Garden Club: IMG_2259In collaboration with St. Paul Parks and Recreation, designed, planted and maintains the garden at the top of the Smith Avenue High Bridge. Check out the 2009 article to find out more. Or email them to get membership information:


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Growing West Side makes a bulk purchase of organically grown straw each spring for the neighborhood. For more information contact Maureen at




Riverview Garden Club: Founded in 1992, the Riverview Garden Club, gardengoodhearts10155706_561343793982026_1923019465646540622_nunder the direction of Ella Thayer, has planted and nurtured the Garden of Good Hearts on the corner of Wabasha and Congress.  The garden is a teaching site each spring for the Growing West Side Orchard Project’s Fruit Tree Pruning class.  Visit them on Facebook!



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West Side Annual Plant Exchange: Bring your extra vegetable starts, divided plants from your garden, seeds, garden tools and yard art and friends and share with your West Side neighbors at the Stryker Community Garden each year in Mid May.  For more information contact Maureen at




wsco-logoWSCO is an action oriented, neighborhood-based organization empowering West Side residents to participate in and advocate for solutions to West Side community issues. They work to promote a healthy natural and social environment by addressing food security issues, promoting urban agriculture, recycling and residential energy efficiency.  WSCO West Side Community Organization:


Youth Farm and Market Project: youth farm logo yf-logo1-300x105Youth Farm builds youth leadership through planting, growing, preparing, and selling food.


City Wide Resources

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Fruits of the City: Fruits of the City aims to capture fresh fruit that would otherwise go to waste and redistribute it to those in need from fruit trees around the Twin City area including trees on private property. Find out how you can donate fruit from your trees today.



gsoc_logo_72dpiGopher State One Call: CALL BEFORE YOU DIG! Gopher One will help you locate underground utilities in your yard!  Gopher State One Call’s services are free to everyone. Contact them 4 days before you dig. Click on the link above, or call: 800-252-1166




pollinate MN   Pollinate Minnesota: A honey bee education and advocacy organization working towards a better Minnesota for pollinators and people.



Ramsey County Compost and Yard Waste Collection: ramsey_county_logoc_jpg2Leaves, grass clippings, trees and other types of plant waste are banned from the trash but they can be turned into compost for residents to take at no charge at the County Yard Waste Sites in the spring.  Trees, shrubs, branches and other woody plants are ground into mulch for residents to take as well.


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Bee Lab, University of Minnesota: Research and education to promote the health of bee pollinators and promote sustainable bee keeping practices.  An excellent site to learn more about our Minnesota bee populations and what we can to to support them.


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SULIS enables homeowners, business owners and horticulture professionals to create outdoor spaces that are functional, maintainable, environmentally sound, cost effective and aesthetically pleasing
Information on a variety of home and commercial gardening topics.  Include diagnostic tools for pests and disease.




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University of Minnesota Extension Service, Garden Information Site: Find information on best plants and gardening practices for your home or business, connect with a Master Gardener, learn about pest management, fruit and vegetable production, honey bees and more.