Elk River Garden Project

The “Harvest to Remember” project resulted in community gardens planted by seniors, master gardeners and area youth with the produce being donated to local food shelves. The students also created a garden souvenir/recipe book.

Elk River Garden Project
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See what people had to say about this project!

"[I enjoyed] watching the interaction between the youngsters and the elders and seeing the increasing comfort level and enthusiasm."

"I learned that communicating with the older generations is very important and knowing the history is very important, too."

"[It was interesting] seeing intergenerational respect and enthusiasm for this rather unusual project!"

 

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2010 project

This is the All Weather Sign created for our “Harvest To Remember” garden.

 

2011 project

These are samples from the "Harvest to Remember" book. Click on an image for a larger photo.

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The “Harvest to Remember” project relied on the hard work of two youth groups; one a community service group from Spectrum High School (2010 project), homeschool students (2011 project) and 4-H students (both years). Spectrum High School students started the seedlings in their classrooms, and participated in spring planting days. During the summer, students tended the garden and helped with the final harvest. Throughout the project, youth enjoyed discussing gardening with master gardeners and senior residents at Guardian Angels Of Elk River: Guardian Angels by the Lake, a garden host site.

2010 Youth Participants: Rebeka, Nicole, Becca, Natilie K., Lakeisha, Natalie P., William, Melinda, Heather, Nick S., Mathew, Hayley, Nick, Julia, McKenzie, Ethan

2011 Youth Particiapants: Morgan, Arianna,  Emmalee, and  Mark C., Holly M., Ellie and Joey R., Hayley, Nick and  Julia B., Mathew and Melinda S.

2010 Adult Participants: Grace Audet, Annette Talbot, Sally Thompson, Marv Ziner, and residents at Guardian Angels Of Elk River: Guardian Angels by the Lake

2011 Adult Participants: Duane Betker, Lee Dreis, Pete Peterson, Sally Thompson, Betty Jensen, Sue Martin, senior residents at Guardian Angels on the Lake, Wanda, Gretta, Howard, Lola, and Irma, and other friends.

For more information: Contact Project Manager Aleah Vinick at aleah.vinick@mnhs.org or 651-259-3417.

Oliver Kelley Farm
Learn more about the Oliver Kelley Farm, a Minnesota Historical Society site.

Background on Elk River
Elk River, Minnesota, was first explored by Zebulon Pike in 1805. He named it Elk River for the herds of animals that he saw there. It was started as a lumber milling town when Minneapolis pioneer Ard Godfrey built a sawmill on the Elk River to exploit its waterpower.
Oliver Hudson Kelley moved to the territory of Minnesota in 1849, with no actual background in farming. His homestead was built around the idea of scientific farming, a new concept in the 1800s that he had read about in agricultural journals to teach himself about farming. In 1867, he founded the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry, a secret society of farmers.

Minnesota Farming and Victory Gardens Resources

Farming in the 1940s: Victory Gardens

Oliver H. Kelley Biography

Forests, Fields and the Falls Online Interactive
 

Project Details

Date: March 2010 - May 2011
Partner(s): Donna Champion and The Sunbeam Grange; The National Grange; Kelley Stavich, Guardian Angels on the Lake; University of Minnesota Extension - 4-H Clubs; Master Gardeners; Spectrum School teachers Erica, Letitia P., Sara P. and Eric B.; Aleah Vinick, Minnesota Historical Society, Project Manager
Location: Elk River, MN

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