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St. Paul Police Officer Uses Garden To Grow Community Relationships

It’s a community garden nestled behind a public housing high-rise for seniors and others in St. Paul.

By Angela Davis
CBS Minnesota
Sept 28, 2017

Excerpt:

“They don’t just see a uniform anymore,” he said. “They see me here with my kids. They get to talk to me more than just on a police level. It’s more a friendly level.”

Officer Pederson says his father brought in soil from his farm outside of Hutchinson to get the garden started.

“He’s an officer when he puts on his uniform and stuff and when he needs to be,” Nyakundi said. “He’s basically a nice man. And he’s cute, too!”

st paul police garden St. Paul Police Officer Uses Garden To Grow Community Relationships
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The vegetables from the garden are given to the people who live here.

“It’s a community garden, so everything kind of gets laid out on the table in the community room,” Pederson said. “Linda takes care of a lot of that — baggies everything up. Kind of, first-come-first-serve.”

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