An Announcement from Urban Oasis
We are very proud of the meaningful work that Urban Oasis has accomplished and the relationships we have built in its short lifespan, which we honor and celebrate. However, we have been unable to identify a sustainable financial model for our broad vision. As a result we are transferring our most impactful programs to great neighborhood partner organizations, where they will continue to nourish the community, and we will be dissolving the organization by the end of the calendar year.
Our key programs are planned to transition in the following ways:
- Healthy Meals in a SNAP! food skills education program will be adopted by Dayton’s Bluff Community Council and offered alongside other food skill and community building opportunities. In addition, Urban Roots will tailor the curriculum to their youth audience. The curriculum will also soon be available to the public on our web site so that other community organizations can share the power of food with communities across Saint Paul and around the world.
- Kitchen on the Bluff (KOTB) community and commercial kitchen has been managed by Urban Oasis since its inception. Our partner, Latino Economic Development Center, will continue to operate it and will take over management of the kitchen, ensuring the ongoing role of KOTB in creating economic opportunities for all in our neighborhood.
- Coordination of the Edible Streetscape project will transfer to Dayton’s Bluff Community Council. Dayton’s Bluff Community Council has been a strong East Side partner and collaborated with Urban Oasis and Urban Roots to implement the inaugural season of Edible Streetscape. The strong foundation laid this year will allow Edible Streetscape to continue on its successful path of activating East Seventh Street and highlighting many of the diverse cultures, food traditions, and food businesses on Saint Paul’s East Side.
In its short but powerful lifespan, Urban Oasis created transformative education programs, helped renovate and launch a community kitchen, created a line of craft condiments, and brought people together to celebrate diverse food traditions on the East Side, all of which used the power of food to cultivate community, health, and prosperity. Urban Oasis made a meaningful impact and drew positive attention to the role of food in revitalizing the neighborhood. The board members and staff are proud of the significant work accomplished and are pleased that their good work will live on with other organizations and continue to enhance the lives of people who live, learn, work, or worship on the East Side.