Community Education Garden July 2020

The seed was planted and what was an idea grew into a flourishing garden behind the Ideal Green Market Cooperative. Local gardeners with a passion for passing on their knowledge of gardening have created a garden using Garden Circles as raised beds, designed by Garden Circles owner/operator Ryan Hunt an employee of Hunt Utilities Group in Pine River, MN. Funds for this project were provided by the Pelican Lakes Conservation Club, the Ideal Community Service Organization, Lakes Area Rotary and Crow Wing Energized. 
Initially the garden was going to be used for school children to learn about seed germination and the necessary components needed for growing vegetables at home. The idea was scuttled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Instead, useful pictures and recipes will be developed using the carrots planted as part of the Crow Wing Energized campaign “One Vegetable One Community” to encourage healthy eating.
The 24' x 24' garden is fenced so that rabbits and deer are kept out of the enclosed space. The raised beds minimize weed production and the contained Garden Circles are planted with complimentary vegetation. Carrots, tomatoes, peas, onions, celery, peppers, green beans, squash, cucumbers, lettuces, kale, radishes, herbs and flowers were planted. “It was a community effort with neighbors and co-op members coming together to make this garden happen”, stated Barb Mann, garden organizer. 
The fruits of the first harvest of vegetables will be sold at the Ideal Green Market Cooperative. A limited supply of radishes, herbs and lettuces will be available for sale, from the garden initially with more harvesting as the garden progresses. The Ideal Green Market has other locally grown vegetables for sale in the store and every Saturday at the Farmer’s Market hosted in their parking lot at 34988 County Road 39 (just off County Road 16 about halfway between Hwy 371 and Crosslake).
For more information about the garden or the Farmer’s Market please go to The Ideal Green Market follows CDC Covid-19 best practices for making the store and Farmer’s Market safe for visitors and patrons.

Gardening resources

Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit 501(c)(3) status organization dedicated to saving and sharing seeds.


What is GMO?

The Non-GMO Project

Click here to learn more.


Events and Activities


Why co-ops?

Learn about the co-op difference.


Find Us on Facebook

My Photostream