For over ten years, we have worked with neighborhoods, cities, and so many other partners to install accessible and functional projects with their residents.
We partner with neighborhoods and cities in the installation of raingardens in their residents’ yards. We build community awareness about the importance of clean water projects and support our neighborhood partners in incorporating education about other ways to create a resilient landscape.
These projects are often a cost share between the resident and the neighborhood organization or city. Metro Blooms designers consult with individual residents to determine the best location for a raingarden to intercept and filter rainwater runoff. Through a Clean Water Fund grant, Conservation Corps (live link) crews help us with installation. These crews excavate and mulch the raingardens, and residents plant their raingarden according to their design with plants provided by Metro Blooms. Through this unique process, citizens play a vital role in protecting water quality, creating habitat, beautifying their neighborhood, and building a stronger community.
In 2019, we celebrated our 10th year of Neighborhood of Raingardens projects! Over 10 years, we’ve installed almost 1,100 raingardens in 35 different neighborhoods and cities. Click here (Link to blog post) to learn more.
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Metro Blooms creates conditions for community stakeholders to be meaningfully involved in creating more resilient landscapes that put equity, environmental justice, resilience and sustainability principles into practice. We work with local city government and partners to implement stormwater retrofit plans for each site. Typically these projects include installation of raingardens and other best management practices in stormwater, pollinator gardens and removal and/or replacement of ash trees. In response to resident feedback, these projects also often include livability elements such as playgrounds, shade, seating, and nature play. We approach affordable housing projects with an equitable engagement framework. Resident-centered design, installation, and training ensures that decision-making power is shared with residents and the knowledge to care and advocate for the project lies within the community. This project improves water quality, mitigates localized flooding on site, creates pollinator habitat, enhances livability and provides ongoing education and job-training opportunities for residents and management. Click here or here to learn more
Find out more about this the equitable engagement framework
The Boulevard Bioswales project engages residents in North Minneapolis to convert their traditional turfgrass boulevards into plantings that will improve water quality and provide food for pollinators. We partner with local community organizations and volunteer “boulevard captains” to recruit and engage project participants. In addition to improving the ecological resilience of the neighborhood, this project beautifies the landscape through the planting of flowers, and strengthens the community by bringing neighbors together to work on this project. Metro Blooms partners with local contractors and youth groups to create job opportunities for installing and planting the bioswales.
In 2019, Metro Blooms installed over 6,000 square feet of boulevard bioswales throughout North Minneapolis, working with 37 residents to install beautiful, eco-friendly plantings, while strengthening social connections between participants. Click here to learn more (Link to blog post). In the future, we hope to expand the project to include more residents in the community. Find out if you are eligible to participate in this project.