Thiel Gardens

A Resilient Model of Urban Agriculture

Welcome to Thiel Gardens [teel gahr-dnz], an urban farm in the Standish neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Thiel Gardens raises herbs and micro-greens in Minneapolis' first deep winter greenhouse. We provide fresh produce to local businesses and individuals throughout the winter months.

Now Available

Thiel Gardens grows a variety of seasonal micro-greens and herbs. Please email us for special order pricing and information.

Try our Hiawatha Mix– a colorful blend of micro-greens, including cabbage, broccoli, kale, cabbage, pea, sunflower, radish and cilantro. Now available at the Seward Co-op on Franklin, the Seward Friendship Store on 38th Street in South Minneapolis, and the Eastside Food Co-op in Northeast Minneapolis.


Our Location

4121 27th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Our Produce

Fresh Local Produce Grown in the City

“Micro-green” is the universal name for almost any green vegetable or herb that has edible leaves, and is harvested when the first set of true leaves appear. Common Micro-greens include kale, arugula, beet greens, onions, radish greens, watercress, chard, and herbs such as cilantro, basil, and chervil. Micro-greens pack a lot of flavor and concentrated nutrition into a beautiful green that’s perfect for providing texture and colors to salads, sandwiches, tacos, sushi, eggs, stir fries, or simply juiced. 

Micro-greens and dark leafy greens are rich in phytonutrients important for eyes, skin, bones, healthy digestion, reducing inflammation, preventing cardiovascular disease, fighting cancer, and strengthening the immune system.

During the spring and summer months there are always new experiments in organic growing happening.

Below are some of our produce photos.


Our Story

Product of South Minneapolis

David and Jill Thiel replaced their South Minneapolis lawn with several garden beds filled with a variety of vegetables. Their plan was to supplement their diet with healthy, nutritious food they could grow in the yard, organizing around principles of organic and sustainable growing practices. Through years of trial and error, they cultivated an understanding of what crops are best suited for their urban farm, and how best to grow them.

Not content with being limited to summer growing, they developed a concept for winter growing that included a deep winter greenhouse. The first of it's kind in the city, this passive solar design provides natural light for the plants, absorbs heat from the sun, and stays warm in the winter without generating an enormous electric bill or a stream of pollution.

David and Jill hope their experience and passion will benefit their community with a resilient model of urban agriculture that encourages increased food security, a more local economy, and healthy produce that's free of chemicals and genetically modified organisms.

In addition to managing Thiel Gardens, Jill is the lead gardener for The Urban Farmhands, which helps local businesses and individuals plan, design, and implement their own food-growing strategy. She also has a successful healing arts practice. David designs and builds raised garden beds and other garden infrastructure, while pursuing projects in graphic design and solar energy. Thiel Gardens also provides consulting for those interested in deep winter greenhouses, garden design, and urban farming.

Follow along with developments at Thiel Gardens on Facebook and Instagram. Below are some photos that Jill has taken over the years documenting our journey in sustainable urban growing.

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