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St. Paul launches new urban garden and farmers’ market on North End

A three-acre plot of land on St. Paul’s North End has been transformed into the city’s biggest “urban garden” and will be officially launched today.

Mayor Chris Coleman, Sparc and the Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota will hold a press conference to announce that in addition to growing vegetables on the site, there will be a new mini-farmers’ market on the site, open Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The plot, on West Maryland Avenue, was developed as a way to use some vacant land in the area and as an economic opportunity for families who wanted to cultivate crops in a small space. It’s being used by 13 growers as an incubator for small vegetable-growing businesses.

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