New Co-op on the Block

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Generally speaking, Minnesotans are pretty humble people—but when it comes to the thriving co-op scene in the Twin Cities, it’s hard not to brag. Between Uptown’s Wedge—that mothership of all food co-ops—and North Country Co-op in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood—still run by working members after all these years—our pride is certainly well founded.

Now it’s time to welcome a new co-op to the scene, this one dedicated to the world of gardening. Urban Earth Flower and Garden Store Cooperative, located at the intersection of 36th and Bryant, just held its grand opening on October 1st. The cooperative is taking over a space previously occupied by Greenstone Floral, a business that mostly provided cut flowers as part of a nationwide flower delivery network.

In addition to carrying on the existing cut flower business, the 4,000 square foot store (with greenhouse) plans to offer native, standard, and heirloom vegetable, herb, flower, and prairie seeds and seedlings, hydroponically grown vegetables and herbs, a small farmers’ market, a Community Supported Agriculture drop-off point, a garden tool rental service, and community programming on everyday issues related to urban green living. In the fall and winter months, the store will also offer pumpkins, spruce tips, and Christmas trees.

Urban Earth currently has about 84 founding members and relies on a network of volunteers from 7 Minneapolis neighborhoods. The name, structure, and inventory of the store were determined by a series of visioning sessions involving members of the surrounding community. In its founding documents, the co-op professes, “Gardening is an activity of generosity, science, and joy.?