Our Story

“North Minneapolis is going green. Give us a call and learn what we mean. Where once lay urban blight. Now sits luscious garden sites. Gardens without borders, Classrooms without walls. Architects of our own destinies. Access to food justice for all.”

What started as a catchy jingo grew into a social justice movement, an initiative promoting educational reform, an afterschool community education program, and an emerging nonprofit that supports the development of youth and families in educational initiatives centered around horticulture, entrepreneurship, marketing, and promotions, “Project Sweetie Pie” continues to plant the “seeds of change’.

In 2010 when North High was under siege by the public school administrators that were elected to lead it, Project Sweetie Pie was born. We started as an act of social justice and social protest to save North High from the proposed threat of closure. We have grown into a progressive non-profit that serves as an incubator of sustainable thought and action centered on horticulture, urban farming, and green business creation.

Contrary to public opinion, we have seen the “green movement” steadily grow and continue to thrive in north Minneapolis. More importantly, we have played a key role in growing and providing the leadership and the vision for the movement. Our mission is to inform, infuse, inspire, and instruct. “Project Sweetie Pie” is about breaking stereotypes, giving voice to the voiceless, and transforming communities historically socially engineered to be consumers. “Project Sweetie Pie” the story of a city that came together-worked together on a common goal, for the common good of the youth and families of its community. For it takes a village to raise a child.

Much of the work is in intergenerational teams with a strong mentorship model; from community elders and long-time residents to youth in North High and Step Up, everyone lends a hand in achieving justice. We believe in co-creation and co-design and provide a supportive atmosphere where individuals work collaboratively as one team. As urban farmers, we are children of the earth and use the gardens and the projects and initiatives we are engaged in as a healing space where we grow ideas and harvest solutions.

Who We Are

“Project Sweetie Pie is a staunch and passionate advocate for social change. A progressive non-profit it continues to lead the way in the “Green Movement.” Since 2010 it has been a thought leader, the Johnny Appleseed of urban farming/local food production and has been the town crier, a vibrant singular voice advancing the need for increased public awareness, direct action centered on global warming/ climate change on every available front in north Minneapolis and beyond.

Working with neighborhood residents, large and small non-profits, university scholars, faculty, and staff, member of the faith community, friends and neighbors it has challenged the status quo’s methods and protocols and the political and civic powers that be’s conventional wisdom that has left communities of color dead on arrival, disheveled and disenfranchised.

We has been vigilant in our efforts, demanding our fair share of the pie. Strategically we continue to navigate the societal potholes and the financial pitfalls that have rendered our communities hopeless, helpless, and hapless. and we continue to set new precedents/new goals.

With a heightened sense of urgency we are steadfast in designing new innovative initiatives that are solutions based and that put us firmly on the road to recovery. Inform/infuse/inspire/instruct. We are committed to authentic, transformative change that is community led/community fed.

We stand resolutely on the front line marketing and promoting a suite of initiatives that uplift equity and inclusion as the seeds of change that must fuel our nation’s future.”


Currently, we are looking for support in a few key areas:

  • Permanent land: Six of our urban farms have already been removed by the city for development. We are currently looking for partnerships with urban and rural organizations or other opportunities that will sanctify a permanent place for gardens.
  • Year-round volunteering: The work in our gardens is seasonal and requires the efforts of planters, harvesters, and more. Currently, we are looking for more volunteers for harvesting in our gardens.
  • Support from local nurseries:
  • Partnership with rural agriculture organizations:

Project Sweetie Pie Million Garden Movement

Project Sweetie Pie Celestrial Garden

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Michael Chaney


(763) 227-4881