Growing Food

Waite House has five garden sites and supports many other garden projects in the neighborhood with technical assistance. We have collective gardens, individual plot-based gardens, and drop-in garden spaces. We also support gardeners in the neighborhood accessing plants, seeds, tools, and other necessities.
2320 13th Ave. S., Drop-in

2635 12th Ave. S., Plot-based community garden

2820 18th Ave. S., Plot-based community garden

2836 12th Ave. S. & 2836 15th Ave. S., Collective gardens

The produce from these gardens will supply the Waite House food shelf with fresh, nutritious items throughout the season. Volunteers are needed to help with upkeep! See the ‘Join us’ tab.

The garden on 12th Ave. came as a result of a new policy change we helped push forward earlier this year where Public Works opened up empty lots throughout the city to be used for food growing.


Mashkiikii Gitigan

PCHLI is proud to support the 24th Street Urban Farm Coalition, a group of neighborhood residents and community organization staff members from the Phillips Community who came together starting in 2011. Their vision was to create an urban farm where people who live and work in the area would have access to healthy food and be able to learn techniques related to organic growing, preparing, preserving and marketing. In 2013 this vision became a reality and a flourishing farm called Mashkiikii Gitigan was born.

Mashkiikii Gitigan (Ojibwe for The Medicine Garden) is situated at the corner of East 24th Street and 14th Avenue South. On a lot that had been vacant for years a garden now grows, providing fresh food, gardening classes, and a community gathering place to residents as well as visitors from far and wide. Stop by any weekday from May to October and you are likely to find our Urban Farmer tending the herbs and vegetables, teaching gardening classes, or giving advice to neighborhood gardeners.

One of their goals for the year? To use bio-char/composted soil to create an additional garden space for a specific lead remediation diet.

Dream of Wild Health is a 10-acre farm in Hugo, Minnesota. Surrounded by plants and medicines grown from ancestral seeds, Dream of Wild Health helps American Indian people reclaim their physical, spiritual and mental wellbeing. “We teach the old ways of growing food and living healthy lives.”

The Indian Health Board (IHB) of Minneapolis was incorporated in 1971 to provide for the health needs of the American Indian community living in Minneapolis. IHB provides medical and dental care and counseling services to more than 5000 patients each year in its offices at 1315 East 24th Street in the heart of Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood.

Indigenous Peoples Task Force (IPTF) is a Native American provider of HIV education and direct services to the Native community in Minnesota. For over 20 years, IPTF has developed and implemented culturally appropriate programs to prevent further transmission of HIV, increase access to traditional and western medical services, and improve the quality of life for clients, families, and communities.

Native American Community Clinic works to promote health & wellness of body, mind & spirit in Native American families, decrease health disparities of Native Americans in the metropolitan area, and provide quality care regardless of ability to pay.

Waite House Neighborhood Center provides community building activities, youth and service programs to the ever-changing Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. Since 1969 the dedicated and diverse staff of Waite House have been providing human services and community building activities to this ever-changing community. Facilities at Waite House include a kitchen, gymnasium, classrooms and meeting space, and a food shelf. Our holistic approach acknowledges the diversity of our participants’ cultural backgrounds, languages spoken, and/or life circumstances. We value building strong relationships and offering programs that empower and encourage active participation to create positive changes within the community.

The Women’s Environmental Institute is an environmental research, renewal and retreat center designed to create and share knowledge about environmental issues and policies relevant to women, children and identified communities especially affected by environmental injustices; to promote agricultural justice, organic and sustainable agriculture and ecological awareness; and to support activism that influences public policy and promotes social change.

The Ventura Village Neighborhood Association serves the residents of Ventura Village, the northern section of the Phillips Community, by providing a forum for community discussion and action on issues that affect our neighborhood. From gardening and special events to traffic safety and community development, the Ventura Village Neighborhood Association is here to help build a better neighborhood.

Volunteer to grow food for the community!


The Waite House food shelf serves about 115 families/day. As another way to provide fresh produce to our community, we have expanded our gardens in the community. However, we need some helping hands—will you join us?

  • Volunteers will learn about organic gardening
  • Garden located less than 1 mile away from Waite House
  • No fees
  • No individual plots

Stay up to date on workshops and ways you can help out via our Facebook page!

If interested, please contact Emily: