2014 Eleven Who Care Honoree: Michael Chaney

MINNEAPOLIS--Eleven Who Care Honoree, Michael Chaney is a man characterized by passion, persistence and a love for his community. Michael has been a long time community activist and is the founder and leader of Project Sweetie Pie, a training program for youth in horticulture and entrepreneurship. The project currently maintains more than 25 community gardens in North Minneapolis.

Michael and the team of organizations he works with are on a mission to show the country how a community can come together to support the health of a community and the growth and development of young people. The country is beginning to take notice. This year Project Sweetie Pie was selected as one of five national grant recipients from the U.S. Council of Mayors by Scotts Miracle-Gro's GRO1000 program. These grants are awarded to local communities to help bring gardens and public green spaces to neighborhoods throughout the United States.

Michael Chaney is a proponent of growth. His focus is on growing food that can sustain communities and make a difference in the food desserts that exist in Minneapolis. Youth are the agents of change and Michael and his team work tirelessly to give young people the chance to grow and see themselves as leaders. The community as a whole continues to grow as community leaders and organizations unite around this mission. The seeds of change are continually being planted and cared for by this project. The dream is to reap a harvest that could sustain generations.

Visit the Project Sweetie Pie webpage for more information and learn how you can come alongside and support their mission.

Looking for additional ways to volunteer and get involved. Check out HandsOn Twin Cities to find more volunteer opportunities near you.


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