ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today awarded Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services (DBNHS) with a $50,000 grant to support the organization’s Rivoli Bluff Orchard Project.
The grant is part of the 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, a year-long effort to make Super Bowl LII a statewide event by awarding 52 communities with grants that will help improve the health and wellness of young people in Minnesota. The grant to Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services brings the total awarded by the MNSBHC Legacy Fund to $750,000 as of May 9. The MNSBHC expects to donate millions of dollars during this year-long campaign.
The Rivoli Bluff Orchard is an urban agriculture project that will employ local young people to plant and operate the orchard that will supply a neighborhood farmers’ market and community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Young people from the Railroad Island neighborhood who are involved in the project can also take part in nutrition classes and lessons on how to prepare healthy food.
Today at the site of the new orchard, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman joined the MNSBHC Legacy Fund and DBNHS at a planting ceremony to kick off the project and celebrate the grant dedication.
“The Rivoli Bluff Orchard project will give our kids an opportunity to learn as they contribute to the Railroad Island neighborhood and making it a better place,” says Jim Erchul, Executive Director, Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services. “The different facets of this project allow young people involved to learn more about healthy food and eating habits but the fruit they produce starting today will give them something to show for the hard work they put in, which will positively influence them as contributors to this community.”
The Rivoli Bluff Orchard Project is a collaborative effort between the Railroad Island Task Force, DBNHS, Urban Roots, City Academy High School, Rebuilding Together and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of the City of St. Paul. The groups will support the development of the orchard, and Urban Roots will manage the orchard after it is completed.
“The Rivoli Bluff Orchard Project is an initiative we’re so proud is part of our 52 Weeks of Giving,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships for the MNSBHC Legacy Fund. “This effort will not only yield locally grown produce but also new opportunities for young people. We’re thankful Urban Roots and students at City Academy High School could join in this effort to break ground on this project.”
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