News & Events

July 2017

Iron Chef!

Winning team iron chef

As many of you know, Growing Home MN works closely with the Rochester Alternative Learning Center’s Green Thumb Initiative, which urban farming to a new level as it provides learning opportunities for youth to gain job and life skills like project management, marketing, and, of course, farming!

This July, the Green Thumb Initiative hosted its very own Iron Chef event at the ALC. Rochester Public Schools’ head chef, Travis Pearce, went head to head with peers from local hot spots, Tonic and Wildwood, making some seriously delicious eats using fresh produce from the students’ gardens. The event was a huge success, raising over $3,000 to expand and improve programming for the students. Thank you, Rochester!

April 2017

Rochester Area Foundation Grant Awarded: $11,800

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March 19th, 2017

Students Win 2016 Environmental Achievement Award for Green Thumb Initiative

Envtal Award 2016 Group

The 2016 Olmsted County Fair got a taste of urban agriculture at its best when students from the Rochester Alternative Learning Center’s (RALC) Green Thumb Initiative transformed an old building site into a garden plot. The plot featured vegetables and ornamental plants growing in “upcycled” containers like old shoes and grills, filled with compost donated by Growing Home and Olmsted County. Check out the full story here.

Growing Home works closely with the RALC Green Thumb Initiative, providing compost for their greenhouse venture and connecting them with funding sources to expand their urban agriculture-job training program.