About the Book
In December 2013, the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation transferred a vacant
13-acre parcel locally known as Frogtown Farm to the City of Saint Paul,
the culmination of a process that had begun five years earlier with the
organizing of the site’s neighbors, who had fi rst envisioned a community
farm that served the Frogtown neighborhood. The deal was brokered by the
Trust For Public Land and was a striking example of a community taking
control of its destiny with persistence and a strong vision.
In the summer of that year, Frogtown Farm selected Rebar, a consultant
team based in San Francisco, CA, but with staff working locally in Saint
Paul, to develop a master plan for the Farm. Rebar coordinated with the
City of Saint Paul for the adjacent park design, and led the community
engagement process that would run throughout the project. This plan,
which in this document is called the Framework, is a roadmap for building
and growing the Farm over time. Like any plan of action, it should be
regularly evaluated to see if the course is still relevant (hence the word
“framework” and not “master plan”, which implies a finished blueprint).
The Framework was submitted for approval and adoption by the Frogtown
Farm Board of Directors in March 2014.