$25,000 Awarded to New "Let's Grow Lincoln Park" Initiative

By KBJR News 1

$25,000 Awarded to New "Let's Grow Lincoln Park" Initiative

October 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2012 at 10:35 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A $25,000 grant will help start the "Let's Grow-Lincoln Park" initiative that will yield 1,700 pounds of fresh produce through community gardening in Lincoln Park.

Duluth was one of 18 cities across the country that was awarded grant money from Cities of Service to help mayors implement strategies to address priority problems in their communities.

The "Let’s Grow-Lincoln Park" initiative will develop community gardens in the Lincoln Park neighborhood to increase residents’ access to affordable fresh, healthy food.

“Over 6,000 people live in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, making it one of our more densely populated neighborhoods in Duluth,” says Mayor Don Ness. “This grant will help us leverage the power of our citizens to strategically and measurably address both the physical and economic barriers to food for that community, which is a USDA identified ‘food desert’.”

The Cities of Service model focuses on “impact volunteering” – volunteer strategies that target community needs, use best practices, and set clear outcomes and measures to gauge progress.

Using this approach, New York City has coated more than 4 million square feet of rooftops to reduce carbon emissions by 745 metric tons, Nashville has upgraded more than 240 homes to increase energy efficiency and help the city recover from historic floods, and Pittsburgh has removed 20,000 pounds of litter to revitalize its neighborhoods.

The City of Duluth will partner with the Duluth Community Garden Program (DCGP), as well as the Healthy Duluth Area Coalition (HDAC), Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC) and other community partners who have been engaging neighbors in Lincoln Park on food access issues.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns