Many tools and resources are available to community members who wish to start their own backyard garden or who just want to learn more about gardening and urban food production.
Gardening Matters - A local nonprofit dedicated to promoting and preserving community gardening across the Twin Cities by bringing local gardeners together by providing technical support to the communities.
The U of M offers soil testing services for a small fee. To find out more information or to set up a soil test please visit the Soil Testing Laboratory Website. When planning your backyard garden make sure to look at the urban farming brochure published annually by the Pollution Control Agency.
Minnesota Green - Minnesota Green promotes community gardening as a way to strengthen community bonds. Through activities centered around gardening Minnesota Green works to immerse people in the gardening mindset. Minnesota Green is open to anyone.
The Land Stewardship Project is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1982 to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities.
To preserve your produce when all the harvesting is done set up a time to use a local community kitchen (PDF) to can and preserve fresh fruits and vegetables. The City of Saint Paul has a very extensive list of local kitchens and the cost of facility rental.