• Four Sisters Farm

    Hennepin County is working with the Native American Community Development Institute
    (NACDI) to transform three adjacent vacant lots owned by the Hennepin County Regional
    Railroad Authority (HCRRA) near the Midtown Greenway into an urban farm and
    a community gathering place.
     

    NACDI will operate the Four Sisters Farm on the site to provide access to fresh healthy
    foods and serve as a learning environment for indigenous farming, medicine, and lifeways.
    Project partners are working with LHB Landscape Architecture and Planning studio to
    develop a site design for the project that celebrates the community’s cultural assets.

     

    Project Partners’ Shared Goals
    • Support community safety
    • Restore health and well-being in the surrounding neighborhood and Urban Indian
    community
    • Improve access and a sense of welcoming to the Midtown Corridor

     

    Location and Community
    The project site is located along East 29th Street between Bloomington and 18th avenues
    south near the Midtown Greenway in the East Philips neighborhood of South Minneapolis.
    Neighbors have roots from around the world, as well as Little Earth—a housing complex
    uniting Native Americans from 39 tribes. Eighty-seven percent of nearby residents are
    people of color and 73% speak a language other than English at home.

     

    Community Engagement
    Community members are invited to share ideas and participate in every phase of project
    planning and implementation. An initial project kick-off event is planned for October 12th,
    3-6 p.m. at the project site. Further community engagement will take place through fall
    2020 and winter 2021 to plan other activities, uses, and programming for the site.

     

    Timeline
    • Site design and engagement: Fall/winter 2020
    • Construction and implementation: Spring 2021

     

    Partners
    Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI)
    NACDI promotes innovative community development strategies that strengthen the overall sustainability and well-being of American Indian people and communities. NACDI will operate the Four Sisters Farm and will plant, tend, harvest, distribute, market, and preserve food produced on the site and continue to develop community bonds.
     

    Hennepin County Midtown Community Works (MCW)
    Hennepin County’s Midtown Community Works program brought partners together to build the Midtown Greenway trail,
    and to improve economic conditions in the Midtown Corridor. MCW is now focused on completing final improvements to
    the Midtown Corridor, including implementation of the Four Sisters Farm.


    Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA)
    HCRRA is a local government unit that is part of Hennepin County with a mission to preserve abandoned railroad corridors
    for future transportation uses. HCRRA owns 46 miles of corridors, including the Midtown Corridor. Recreational trails have
    been constructed on many of these corridors as an interim use. The sites that will be used for Four Sisters Farm are owned
    by HCRRA.

  • Community Engagement Summary