St. Paul garden feeds minds, nourishes community

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Some neighbors on St. Paul's East Side aren't waiting for police to make their neighborhoods a better place. They are doing it themselves, one vegetable at a time.

Every Saturday about 15 children volunteer at the community garden on Case Avenue and Burr Street in one of St. Paul's toughest neighborhoods.

When the city donated a plot of land to Lynette Harris she knew exactly what to do.

Harris runs Mom's food shelf, which serves the neighborhood, and she knows the need.

During the summer she says some of these kids eat only one meal a day.

"We wanted to have the kids and adults to know what it's like to grow food to be able to grow their own, food, grow healthy food," says Harris.

Kids take care of the garden, then get to take home the produce and a bag of groceries. They also get a well earned hot meal.

But this garden feeds more than the body, it nourishes an entire community.

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