The "South Hawthorne Community Garden" is wildly successful, and has frequently been mentioned on this blog, click here for an example. That garden DOES NOT sit on a piece of tax forfeited land. "South" is part of the name of that garden to distinguish it from the OTHER Hawthorne Community Garden, which is called the "Historic Hawthorne Community Garden." The "historic" garden is the one now sitting on land which has reverted to the county...
Getting the word out by use of the information dissemination tool which IS Johnny Northside Dot Com, Jeff fired off the following email today, as follows:
A resident in Hawthorne called me today and informed me that the Historic Hawthorne Community Garden went into tax forfeiture recently. The garden is located at 2820 Fourth Street North. This resident claimed there were notices posted telling people not to trespass on this property any longer, and that it was now owned by the county. Either the notices were sent in the mail to people in the area (or to people who had been tending the garden), or somebody took the notices down. Nothing was posted when I went by.
However, I did check the city and county websites, and it appears that the property is indeed owned by the county via tax forfeiture. The previous owner was City Garden Trust, at 1081 10th Ave SE, Minneapolis 55414. No one in the community is sure right now if they can legally go in and tend to the garden, keep things looking nice, and pick their wonderful looking tomatoes they've worked so hard over. I'm putting some feelers out, but if there's anyone who knows a specific person to contact about this, please use the comment threads on the blog or contact me directly at 612-529-6033 x204.
(JNS adds: here is a Facebook album of pictures Jeff took of the garden, click here)