Give to the Max Day 2023

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A nonprofit fundraiser supporting

Living Earth Center
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raised by 55 people

$5,000 goal

Welcome to Give to the Max Day 2023!!

Living Earth Center (LEC) brings people of all traditions together to cultivate common ground and seek justice through education, encounter, and community agriculture.

Through our Community Food Connection Program LEC directly connects people to the land and to healthy, organic produce.  We are able to confront the issues of food insecurity and sovereignty in our community collaboratively through a multi-faceted approach.  From youth educational programming to navigating ways for emerging growers to enter the local food economy, LEC works with our Community Partners to create pathways to food and land access and agency over food choices.

Youth Gardening Initiative

With the goal of getting more children outside and exposing them to the wonders and benefits of gardening, LECs Youth Gardening Initiative works with Community Partners (MY Place, Head Start, Loyola School, and the YMCA) to provide gardening education and encounters to local youth at no cost to these community partners.

During this past summer, over 75 youth were in our garden weekly participating in hands on classes.

Produce Donation

All food grown at the Community Farm is donated back to the community. We grow food for ECHO Food Shelf, Feeding our Community Partners Backpack and Summer Food Programs, CADA House, and Partners for Affordable Housing.  We communicate directly with these groups so that we can grow the produce that their clients are asking for.  

During the 2023 growing season we donated 3,397lbs of fresh organic produce to our community partners!

Emerging Growers

In 2022, in collaboration with Region 9 through a USDA Grant, we began a program addressing food sovereignty in the Mankato area by partnering with community members who have expressed concern that they are unable to access culturally significant foods and/or want to grow larger amounts of produce but do not have access to land.

LEC provides participants with space and tools at the Community Farm and mentorship if needed. There were three groups who participated during our inaugural year and this number has increased to 18 groups for the 2023 growing season!

Community Garden Partnerships

LEC provides plots in our Community Garden free of cost to groups looking to integrate gardening into their program offerings.  We work with these groups to provide weekly gardening sessions.  These collaborations have served a wide range of participants, from the elderly who visit our dementia-friendly Eng-AGE-ment Garden (in partnership with MNSU College of Allied Health and Nursing), to veterans groups who come together for conversation and the therapeutic benefits of working the soil.  We also work with MRCI providing gardening education for their clients.

Community Garden Scholarships

On average, LEC offers a dozen individual Community Garden scholarships annually.  This ensures that anyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, has access to land to grow food for themselves and their family.

Starting in 2022 we began partnering with the Head Start Program to provide garden space for families who have children participating in Head Start that are interested in growing food for their families but do not have access to land.  

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