In December 2013, the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation transferred a vacant 13-acre parcel locally known as Frogtown Farm to the City of Saint Paul, the culmination of a process that had begun five years earlier with the organizing of the site’s neighbors, who had first envisioned a community farm that served the Frogtown neighborhood. The deal was brokered by the Trust For Public Land and was a striking example of a community taking control of its destiny with persistence and a strong vision.
The Frogtown Farm Framework Plan was produced in 2014 as a master plan for Frogtown Farm, a new community-based urban farm in Saint Paul’s historic Frogtown neighborhood. Rooted in values of social equity, justice, and inter-connectedness, this urban farm is intended to serve as a model for multi-cultural community and a catalyst for economic development, wealth creation, community pride, and sustainability. The design process included an extensive community outreach process, numerous meetings with stakeholders, participatory planning exercises, publication of information in multiple languages representing the demographic diversity of the neighborhood, and establishment of a Community Ambassador program to help facilitate communication among the neighborhoods constituents. The project culminated in the publication of a book documenting the process.
PROJECT TEAM: Molly Reichert in collaboration and Rebar Group, Antonio Roman Alcala,
Jake Voit, Courtney Tchida, and John Dwyer.
Frogtown Farm Framework Plan
Saint Paul, MN