Grow Burnsville

Grow Burnsville aims to build a long-term solution to help the rising challenge of food inequity in our community by increasing opportunities for locally grown produce with high nutritional value and to enhance access to open space, youth involvement and physical activity for our most vulnerable residents.

Crosstown East Park Community Gardens

Icon of two pieces of paperGarden Plot Application for Grow Burnsville Community Gardens in Crosstown East Park (PDF)

Icon of computer mouse pointer clickingOnline Garden Plot Registration for Grow Burnsville Community Gardens in Crosstown East Park 

Interested in growing your own vegetables? A limited number of plots are available in this new community garden. Preparation work is underway for these plots along the northern edge of the soccer field at Crosstown East Park.

Any Burnsville resident can participate as gardener in our Grow Burnsville Community Garden, regardless of income, ability to pay, or need for scholarship. We encourage all interested gardeners to fill out an application; no one will be turned away (as long as plots are available). We encourage garden applicants to thoughtfully contribute what they can for their garden plot and apply for a scholarship only if needed.

To request a garden plot at the new Grow Burnsville Community Garden in Crosstown East Park, fill out the application and return it with payment to Burnsville City Hall or register for a garden plot online. If you have questions or would like to submit your application via email and pay over the phone, email Shellie Krouse or call 952-895-4400.

overhead view of community garden location within Crosstown East Park and plot map

Free Garden Kits

Throughout the month of May, while supplies last, we will have free starter garden kits available at City Hall and at various community events. Stop by the City Hall front desk during business hours and ask for yours!

Garden kits include vegetable seed packets, a wildflower seed tag, basil bucket and pollinator seeds. One per household. This is a great way to start a garden or introduce a new family activity!

Key Outcomes

Photos of raw vegetables, people planting and cooking supplies

  • Infrastructure: Gardens and Organics Drop-off
    • More community gardens in additional locations to help nourish our community including one coming soon to Crosstown East
    • Partnership with Dakota County so residents can sign up to bring their household organics to a drop-off location at Civic Center Park for composting, timeline and details currently in development
  • Market Garden, planned for Civic Center Park, provides education and internship opportunities for youth to gain work and life skills and become stewards of their community
  • Food Forest, an open food resource for those in need, planned for Civic Center Park
    • Low maintenance
    • Free access
    • Fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, strawberries
    • Permaculture
  • Community outreach and education through fun events, cooking classes, internships and volunteer opportunities and expert advice on gardening

Grow Burnsville is off to a strong start thanks to a first place grant award of $125,000 from the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABHFA) for their 2021 Childhood Obesity Prevention and Environmental Health and Sustainability Awards. 

View Press release (PDF)

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Let us know how you Grow Burnsville! Did one of our starter garden kits help your family dig into planting season? Did you order native plants from this year's Native Plant Market? Do you have a plot at our Community Garden? Will you be experimenting with new fruits, vegetables or flowers this year? No matter how you plan to Grow Burnsville, we want to hear (and see) your projects!

Enter for a chance to win! All photo and story entries submitted will be entered in a random drawing for a Grow Burnsville prize.

Need a jumpstart on your garden? We will have small garden starter kits available for pickup at City Hall during regular business hours; one per household, while supplies last. 

Collaboration

The Parks Frameworks Plan provides an opportunity to repurpose park space at Civic Center Park. The warming house and outdoor ice rink were slated to be removed sometime in 2021-2024 and we are able to combine the Frameworks Plan and Grow Burnsville to create a space to better serve our community

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