Located at Margaret St. N. and Eldridge Ave. E., in North St. Paul
The 2017 Season
We look forward to growing with you in 2017! Garden plot reservation materials will be available here on Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017. Please read the garden agreement, complete the reservation form and return the form and the plot fee to ISD 622 Community Education. Indicate Cowern Garden in the memo line of the check. Available plots will be rented on a first come, first served basis. Make sure to indicate two plot choices when sending in your garden reservation form.
You can return the form by mail or drop it off in person to: Gladstone Community Education Center, 1945 Manton St. Maplewood, 55109 or you may call the office at 651-748-7232 or 651-748-7250 and reserve your plot using a credit card. Please note: if you choose this option, you will still need to mail or bring the garden agreement form to Gladstone (address above).
Our mission is to create a community garden setting that will foster involvement, leadership and service opportunities for students, families and neighbors, provide an outdoor classroom to support student learning and allow families to grow their own food and reconnect with the earth.
Photos from the First Season - 2011
The Birth of Cowern Community Garden - 2011 Season
The Cowern Community Garden is located on the former Cowern Orchard and Habitat land. In the fall of 2010, dead and dying trees were removed to make way for the community garden. In March of 2011, the remaining trees were pruned. Over the next several years, the orchard were restored to fruit bearing. Thirty-nine families gardened the first season: twenty-three in individual plots and sixteen in a community plot where gardeners shared the harvest with the North St Paul food shelf. An Eagle Scout candidate chose the garden as the site of his Eagle project. He built and installed an information kiosk, compost bin and garbage can enclosure on October 22, 2011. The Cowern Community Garden has received donations from many community businesses and organizations.
Thank you to those who have donated to the Cowern Community Garden
SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Program)
The City of North St Paul
Century Avenue Collision
North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Rotary Club
Cathy and Brandon Miller
American Legion Post 39
Knights of Columbus
Pat and Cheryl Gysbers
Thank you to those who have donated to the Eagle Scout project
Henriksen Ace Hardware
Cathy and Brandon Miller
Cheryl and Pat Gysbers
Kathy and Gary Montz