Duluth Non-Profit Converts Used Grain Bags into ‘Portable Gardens’

DULUTH, Minn. —

One non-profit in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is taking reusing and recycling to a new level.

Folks at “Ecolibrium3” saw the need for fresh veggies and flowers around their neighborhood, and started brainstorming.

They’re using 55-pound grain bags used by local craft breweries.

The bags can’t be recycled and don’t break down easily, so they’re converting the bags into portable gardens.

Plants were donated, as was the compost from the WLSSD.

Vegetables go to people who might need fresh food, and the flowers are used for local beautification.

“Although we gave people the selection of all flower, all vegetable, or mixed, the vast majority of people did choose all vegetable who signed up for the bags, ” said Shannon Laing from Ecolibrium3. “It really feels good to try to identify what somebody could possibly use and at the same time take something that would maybe would have been thrown away and use it for something else.”

The bags are five dollars while supplies last.