Engaging our community to end poverty

Seeds of Success

Our Seeds of Success program is solving two big problems—providing employment to people looking for work experience planting, growing and harvesting fresh produce and providing produce to an area where many don’t have access to good fresh food.

Providing employment—Seeds of Success offers work opportunities to jobseekers that are un- and underemployed and looking to build a work history and skills. If you’re interested in a work experience with us to advance your employment goals, consider starting employment coaching with us. Seeds positions will be posted on our Job Openings page when they are available.

Providing food—Many people in our community are food insecure, meaning they do not have access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Through the Lincoln Park Farmers Market, Seeds of Success makes fresh, locally grown produce available to the whole community.

Producing Fruit Bits—Each year, apples are harvested from public orchards and turned into healthy fruit leather snacks for sale at locations around the community.

How to connect
You can become involved with Seeds of Success by getting a job, shopping at the Lincoln Park Farmers market or purchasing Fruit Bits. Contact Aimee Foster at 218.726.1665, ext. 205 or email aimee@communityactionduluth.org.

Farmers Markets

Girl selling seeds at farmers market

Fresh, locally grown produce and more for you and your family is available at the Lincoln Park Farmers Market. This is food you can feel good about and food that will make you feel good.

Lincoln Park Farmers Market:
Summer Celebration! Thur June 14th 4-7 pm!
SUMMER: June 14 to October 18: Every Thursday from 4–7 p.m.
WINTER : November 1 to March 21: 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 4–7 p.m.
Harrison Community Center: 3002 West 3rd Street

Logo for the Hillside Farmers Market

Hillside Farmers Market:
GRAND OPENING!  Tue June 19th 3-6 pm!
SUMMER: June 19 to October 16: Every Tuesdays 3-6pm
Gloria Dei & Essentia Parking Lot: 3rd Street & 5th Ave East

We accept:
Cash and Credit/Debit/SNAP-EBT
We use a wooden token system for easy payment.

If you use SNAP benefits, we will match you one-to- one, up to $15 per week!

Power of Produce (PoP) Club:
We provide $4 for free to children under 18 to spend on fruits and vegetables at the farmers market.

Community Support:
We wouldn’t be able to continue these programs without monetary support from these partners.

  • Essentia
  • St. Louis County Public Health
  • UMN Extension
  • Hunger Solutions
Deep Winter Greenhouse

 

 

Our innovative deep winter greenhouse is a passive solar, low-cost, low-carbon winter food growing systems that allows us to:

  • Grow food in the middle of the winter.
  • Create a winter farmers market to address food insecurity in our community and increase access to fresh, local, affordable food during Duluth’s cold months.
  • Employ additional transitional employees in the work of food production.

It shares a lot with the Duluth Community Garden Program—sitting on the back half of the lot, while the Denfeld Victory Garden and Edible Food Forest occupy the front half of the lot.

The greenhouse construction is actively underway with a ribbon cutting expected in early June – stay tuned! We will be growing greens from November – April and then we will be able to start our seeds in the greenhouse in May, which will then be transplanted into the ground at our Esko site.

Building this greenhouse wouldn’t have been possible without a strong collaboration between Seeds of Success and:
Junior League of Duluth
City of Duluth 
Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community
Wagner Zaun Architecture 

Learn more about the deep winter greenhouse:
Deep-winter greenhouse to serve Duluth’s ‘food desert’ neighborhoods (June 28, 2015)
Deep-winter greenhouse coming to West Duluth this fall (June 22, 2017)

 

Fruit Bits

 

Put together apples from public orchards and neighborhood residences—add some carrots kale and strawberries—heat, stir and dehydrate and you get Fruit Bits. These wonderful, tasty treats provide good things like:

  • The creative use of resources from our community that may otherwise go to waste.
  • Delicious, affordable, nutrient-dense, kid-friendly snacks.
  • Food production work for transitional employees.

You can buy Fruit Bits at the Lincoln Park Farmers Market and at:

Fair Food Access Campaign

Fair Food LogoLack of access to healthy food has been a widely recognized concern for areas of Duluth, particularly Lincoln Park. Since 2012, Community Action Duluth has been an organizational partner in a campaign to bring together partners and neighbors in Lincoln Park to find ways to improve access to healthy food.

Partners
Back in 2012, LISC Duluth’s Lincoln Park Neighborhood Revitalization Plan kicked off the Fair Food Access Campaign with an online fundraising effort and an “on-the- sidewalks” neighborhood canvass that spoke with almost 500 neighborhood residents about their concerns around the issue. Review the results of the canvass.

Today, Community Action Duluth, a core of neighborhood leaders, and the following four partners continue the campaign:
Healthy Duluth Area Coalition/Zeitgeist Community
CHUM
Duluth LISC
Duluth Community Garden Program 

Find out what’s new
The most up-to-date information on the campaign can be found on its Facebook page.