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With its large urban farm, Frogtown wants to be St. Paul’s greenest neighborhood

Yer Vang stands in August 2017 in front of an arbor at Frogtown Green’s “Lily Pad” garden, located at Dale Street and Lafond Avenue. (Photo by Hillel Natanson, courtesy of Patricia Ohmans)

The group now manages a 40-bed community garden called Our Village, an Asian-American “Lily Pad” garden, and two butterfly and bee-friendly pollinator gardens.

By Callie Schmidt
Pioneer Press
February 19, 2018


Yer Vang, 55, has lived in Frogtown for 35 years since coming to Minnesota from a Thailand refugee camp. She works with a group of elderly neighbors and helps them in the Lily Pad garden, planting everything from green beans to Asian squash.

“In the store organic food is too expensive. … So we do gardening ourselves,” Vang said.

A group of volunteers called the “Tree Frogs” planted more than 400 trees in the neighborhood, according to Ohmans.

Frogtown Green also offers a FrogLab called “Bringing the Frogs Back,” which is hosted at Hmongtown Marketplace and offers science and art activities about frogs.

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