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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - A Twin Cities based company is helping stock local food shelves by using some of its own green space for more than just grass.

General Mills relies on farms around the world to nourish consumers, but a small patch of land on the grounds of its headquarters in Golden Valley also has a reputation for producing high-quality, nutritious food.

Located along the southern border of the company's main campus, General Mills has created the "Giving Garden," a 3,600-square-foot fruit and vegetable garden.

Tended to by General Mills employees and retirees, the Giving Garden's mission is to grow fresh fruit and vegetables to benefit the local community.

Each year, the Giving Garden produces roughly 2,000 lbs. of food which is donated to local food shelves including Second Harvest Heartland of Golden Valley and PRISM Food Shelf in Golden Valley.

The garden was founded in 2010 and has produced more than 8,000 lbs. of food.

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