The Wonderful Story of the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden and the Community it is Growing

The Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden had its first community workday on Friday, May 12.

While this blog has spent time focusing on stopping some bad ideas, such as the Dakota Access Pipeline, we also need to hold up efforts to create a better world. These visionary efforts are often labor intensive, relatively small, and don’t draw a lot of media attention. Yet these community-based initiatives are extremely important. If we don’t have people creating an alternative vision for a better way of living, we will never get there, no matter how hard we protest.

To that end, we spotlight the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden. It is a partnership between Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, the Gandhi Mahal Restaurant, and First Nations Kitchen, a meals program and ministry of All Saints’ Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis.

The interfaith garden is in the backyard of a duplex owned by Julia Frost Nerbonne, the executive director of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, and her husband. Gardening season opened Friday, May 12, with a day-long community event to prepare the beds. Prayers were offered by Rev. Cannon Robert Two Bulls, missioner of the Department of Indian Work for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. Gandhi Mahal provided food for the volunteers. Young and old contributed labor.

The Interfaith Garden not only provides food for b0th Gandhi Mahal and First Nations Kitchen, it is creating a new community.

How it came to be is a beautiful story. Continue reading