Humphrey School News—April 18, 2016

Projects in the Site Planning for Food Justice class

Here’s a list of the projects and partner organizations in the “Site Planning for Food Justice” class:

 1.  The Lovejoy Garden: A Space for Community, Healing, and Learning 

Community Partner: Margaret Lovejoy, Family Place 

Family Place, a nonprofit focused on alleviating family homelessness in St. Paul, owns a parcel on Concordia Avenue close to several urban garden locations. This project will consider how the development of the lot can inform the programmatic scope of Family Place with the activities of urban agriculture. The main question this proposal seeks to answer is: How can a parcel be site-planned so that its design and development include capacity-building programs and opportunities for  homeless families? 

2.  Place-making the Mobile Food Market in the Twin Cities: Linking Cooking Education and Youth Programming to Parking

Community Partner: Leah Driscoll, Twin Cities Mobile Market—Wilder Foundation

This project will consider how parking policy in different sites across the Twin Cities may address temporary place-making techniques—urban tactics—that provide cooking education and youth programming for clients of mobile food markets, such as Twin Cities Mobile Market. The main question driving this proposal is: How can parking be transformed into a temporary use that activates public space and supports complementary services geared toward cooking education and children's activities? 

3.  The Fruit of Restoration: Designing a Year-round Place for Education, Contemplation, and Restoration 

Community Partner: Metric Giles, Community Stabilization Project

This project focuses on the design of a fruit garden in the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul to envision a public space geared toward year-round educational, contemplative, and restorative uses. These uses would include the contemplation of landscape and plants as well as the botanical education of fruit harvesting, and the climatic cycle of agricultural production. Additionally, the design of the garden/park will include the allocation of parking and the design of public infrastructures that will turn it into an urban destination. The main question this project seeks to investigate is: How can an existing parcel be designed as an experience where the seasonal changes concerning fruit harvesting educate the visitor? 

4.  Place-making Dale Street: Envisioning a Food-Oriented Revitalization Strategy

Community Partner: Patricia Ohmans, Frogtown Green

Students will develop a corridor plan focused on place-making techniques that will upgrade Dale Street in St. Paul. By providing a corridor-wide vision focused on food access and environmental conservation, students will deliver a document that may serve the advocacy activities of Frogtown Green. A key aspect of this project is linking planning data to food access goals and objectives through concrete scenarios. These scenarios may include urban agriculture, murals, and installations that relate to environmental stewardship/history and food access challenges. The main question driving this project is: How can food access be used as a corridor-wide planning strategy to deal with the perception of blight, and support  uses that may gear a public space destination?

 5.  Transferring Ejido Farming: A Cooperative Farming Strategy Rooted in Latino Culture

Community Partner: John Flory, Latino Economic Development Center

This project addresses the transfer of the Ejido model—a community land tenure mechanism in Mexico—to consider food sovereignty, land tenure and agricultural production in rural Minnesota, in partnership with the Latino Economic Development Center. By studying the opportunities and challenges of the Ejido model, this project will address how it may provide lessons for land use mechanisms in the U.S., and the acquisition of private property by immigrant farmers pursuing agricultural capacities. The main question driving this project is: How can we learn from the Ejido to rethink agricultural production and land tenure in the U.S., and how can this transfer address immigrant rights advocacy? 

6.  Broadway in Full: Envisioning a Food Hub in North Side Minneapolis

Community Partner: Devon Nolen, West Broadway Business Area Coalition

This project involves a number of empty lots located on the North Side of Minneapolis, to consider site planning alternatives for a food hub and the design of a farmers market, in partnership with the West Broadway Business Area Coalition. This proposal will include the retrofit of existing structures and the development of new programmatic uses based on local cultural practices and traditions found on the North Side. The main question driving this project is: How can existing building structures be retrofitted to address the uses of a food hub and a farmers market, and address the public space needs of the North Side?

7.  Street to Table: The East Side Food Systems Community Initiative

Community Partner: Tracy Sides, Urban Oasis

This project,  in partnership with Urban Oasis, aims to provide a detailed analysis of individual parcels within the East 7th Street corridor in St. Paul, to develop specific policy language that can be introduced into the St. Paul Comprehensive Plan and address equity within the food system.  The main question this proposal aims to answer is: How can different food access activities at the neighborhood scale be coordinated to prevent overlaps and/or duplication of food access efforts? 

8.  Bringing the Good Food Purchasing Policy to the Twin Cities: Standards, Metrics and Comprehensive Planning

Community Partner: Peter Huff, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

This project will investigate the feasibility of adapting the Good Food Purchasing Policy in the Twin Cities for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). A main aspect of this study will consider its linkages to economic/community development at the urban and neighborhood scales. The main question driving this project is: How can the Good Food Purchasing Policy be used as a community or economic development strategy? 

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