Frogtown Getting Airtime on Channel 5 News

Video of Frogtown on Channel 5 News!

Frogtown resident and Frogtown Farm Board Member, Susane Moua said, “This has been one of my activities that I have been participating in [for the past few years]. Moua said, “The biggest thing we’ve accomplished has been the purchase of the land.” She said the details will be ironed out over the next few months.

UN Report: Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way To Feed the World

One more reason Frogtown Farm is important!

“According to the new UN report, major changes are needed in our food, agriculture and trade systems, with a shift toward local small-scale farmers and food systems recommended.

Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the urgent need to return to (and develop) a more sustainable, natural and organic system.That was the key point of a new publication from the UN Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) titled“Trade and Environment Review 2013: Wake Up Before It’s Too Late,” which included contributions from more than 60 experts around the world.”

Re-posted from Popular Resistance: Read Original Here

CA John Lor Leads Frogtown Hmong Community Focus Group

John Lor, Tou SaiKo and Kia Xiong lead a great discussion with several members of the young Hmong community in Frogtown.  There was a general consensus that gardening was something that they grew up with, and continue to be a foundation of their parents’ generation, but hasn’t been as prominent in their contemporary lives.  There were several young parents in attendance, they were excited to have a new green agricultural resource in Frogtown to teach their children about the farming tradition in Hmong culture.

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Frogtown residents listen as John Lor explains why he got involved and how the project is important to his Hmong heritage and raising his children in St. Paul.

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Tou SaiKo also advocates for the project, he is interested in the youth connection to the land and using the farm as an organizing tool for Frogtown.

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John Lor ordered quite a spread.  A wise man once said,  ‘There’s no meetin’ without eatin’.

Recycling a barn

Team members John Dwyer and Blaine Merker met with representatives from the City of Saint Paul City Manager’s office, Parks & Rec, and architect Paul Ormseth to discuss the possibility of re-using a historic barn at the Farm. While relocating a historic structure poses significant cost, historic and logistical challenges, there may be a possibility to re-use some of the structural members of a barn that might be in the path of development. We will explore including this option in the Master Plan.

What do you think about the possibility of re-using old barn parts? What about re-locating an entire barn?

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Maybe we’re just going through a phase…?

Phasing study presented at the December 10, 2013 meeting

Phasing study presented at the December 10, 2013 meeting

One of the most important concepts presented by the design team is the notion that not all of the Farm can be built in a single year — both because of limits on available funding and the need to build soil and site fertility over time.

Above, this idea is illustrated with a simple diagram showing how various parts of the Farm could be built out over the course of four years. What would come first? It makes sense to invest in infrastructure in one effort, if possible. Things like pathway paving, lighting, fences, and play equipment would all make sense to go in in Year 1 when construction is active on the site. After this framework is complete, other parts of the Farm could be constructed as time, money and man- and woman-power allow: fruit trees can be planted, soil built up, gardens built.

One exception to the rule of “infrastructure first” might be the construction of a community gathering building, or Farm House, which might require additional funds to be secured.

Stay tuned for our meeting on January 4, 2014, where the design team will break out what can be funded and built in Year 1 vs. subsequent years.