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Frogtown Farm

Frogtown Farm was founded in 2013 by artists and couple Seitu Jones and Soyini Guyton, along with a few other friends in an effort to secure green space in the Frogtown neighborhood.

In partnership with the Trust for Public Land, the City of Saint Paul and the Wilder Foundation, Frogtown Farm has been able to secure land consisting of two acres of wildflowers and walking space and a three-acre demonstration farm.

Frogtown needed green space; that was the primary issue that pushed the founders and the larger community to make this farm happen. Green space adds to the mental, the spiritual, the psychological health of individuals.

Soyini Guyton, Frogtown Chair and Co-founder

Frogtown Farm prides itself on not only feeding the people for a day, but for a lifetime. With support from organizations such as the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, Frogtown has been able to continue to teach the community how to grow, harvest and cook their own food. The nonprofit has also educated community members ranging from toddlers to senior citizens how to incorporate healthy and nutritious food into their everyday diet.

The Art of Farming

Soyini and Seitu have used their passions and background for the arts to transform the way their community looks at food. In collaboration with other community-based organizations such as the Asian Economic Development Association, the Urban Garden Alliance and Public Art Saint Paul, Frogtown Farm established The Art of Food in Frogtown & Rondo to develop a strong community food system centered around creating space for shared food experiences.

Snapshots

Frogtown Farm Farm Manager Chris Mann
Close-up of seedlings
People planting in the dirt
A child eating fresh berries from a tree
Purple flower at Frogtown Farm
Farm Manager Chris Mann pouring a bucket into a tractor's front loader
Two children planting in the dirt
Children and two adults standing near a freshly planted field
A young woman in a large sunhat smiling
GE Patterson and Soyini Guyton walking down a dirt path on Frogtown Farm
A large tree and a view of the prairie
Frogtown Farm co-founder Soyini Guyton's hands holding flowers

Feeding the Community

In 2019, Frogtown Farm was able to produce 16,000 pounds of produce to feed Ramsey County’s food insecure population using Indigenous practices of horticulture.

I think to see lushness and beauty in an urban area is soul stirring.

G.E. Patterson, board member

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