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distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, 

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April 7, 2017

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Farmers Markets of Minneapolis Opening for 2017 Season; Schedules and Locations Now Available

Farmers market season is right around the corner. The Minneapolis Farmers Market at Lyndale Ave opens Saturday, April 15, 2017 with other markets soon to follow. Visit the Homegrown Minneapolis Farmers Market webpage to find an updated map and brochure with market locations and schedules.

The Farmers Markets of Minneapolis are working together with Homegrown Minneapolis and City of Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Agriculture and other partners on implementation of collaborative projects including citywide market metrics collection and a marketing campaign this year. The 2017 Homegrown Minneapolis print edition of the Minnesota Grown Directory will be available soon, featuring all Minneapolis markets on the back cover.

City Adds Lots for Garden Lease Program. Apply Until April 14.

The 2017 Minneapolis Garden Lease Program issued an additional invitation for garden lease requests. Additional lots were recently made available in partnership with the Public Works Department. The City is conducting soil tests on all new lots as weather conditions allow.

The City is inviting request forms for new garden leases through Friday, April 14, 2017 for priority consideration. Once the current process is complete, all lots become available on a first come, first served basis. Visit the Minneapolis Garden Lease Program webpage to view the updated map of available parcels, find information about the application process and complete the Garden Request Form. Online submissions are preferred but hard copy applications can also be submitted by mailing the Garden Request Form to Greg Simbeck at the address provided.

Garden groups planning to renew their lease in 2017 or with questions should contact Greg Simbeck, CPED Interagency Coordinator, at Greg.Simbeck@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-3773.


April Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 12 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm meeting; 5:00 presentation from Humphrey School Assistant Professor Fernando Burga and student research partners

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 50B (basement), 301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (map)

Meeting Agenda

Volunteers Needed for True Food Taste Tests

The Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary & Wellness Services is hosting their final TRUE FOOD TASTE TEST of the school year. These taste tests expose students to new, flavorful recipes and encourage them to think critically about their food. MPS is seeking volunteers to help prepare samples, distribute them to students, and generate excitement for these taste tests! Sign up to volunteer today! The taste tests will be held from May 3 – 5, typically during school lunch hours (between 10:00am and 1:30pm). More information.


Good Food Access Program Requests Grants Proposals

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is requesting proposals for grants to increase access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods in undeserved and low- and moderate income communities. Roughly $150,000 is available for Equipment and Physical Improvement Grants through the Good Food Access Program (GFAP). In addition to the Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant funds, approximately $75,000 for Technical Assistance Grants will be available through the Good Food Access Program later this spring. 

Applications are due by April 19. For questions, contact Alauna Yust at alauna.yust@state.mn.us or 651-201-6629. More information.

MN Youth Institute Offers Day-long Event and $1,000 Scholarships to University of Minnesota (CFANS)

The MN Youth Institute (MNYI) engages high school students in solving local and global hunger issues. This interactive, day-long program brings teens from across the state to the University of Minnesota for an immersive science experience while connecting with research and industry leaders. MNYI serves as a gateway to the World Food Prize Symposium and global travel, paid internships and a scholarship to the University. Students select a developing country, a food security issue, and research a solution which they present in a 3-5 page paper. All students who participate in the event will be awarded a $1000 scholarship to CFANS and will be eligible for paid internships via the University of Minnesota and USDA. Interested students should submit an essay by April 15. More information.

Apply to the MN Cup Food, Agriculture, & Beverage Division

MN Cup 2017 is accepting applications through April 28. This division is devoted to supporting innovative ideas in food and beverage products, food technologies in manufacturing, materials and ingredients technologies, food safety and farming. Applications due by April 28.

Compost Available for Minneapolis Community Gardens

Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling is offering low-cost or no-cost compost to community gardens through the 2017 Community Garden Compost Program, Compost is provided on a first-come, first-served basis but community gardens that have never received compost, have poor soil quality, or are start-up gardens will get priority.  

  • Spring/Summer compost deliveries begin May 1 and end September 30. Spring compost requests must be submitted by April 21.
  • Fall compost deliveries begin October 2 and end November 1. Fall compost requests must be submitted by September 22.

Co-op Feasibility Class

City of Minneapolis is offering a class for groups interested in creating a cooperative. The class will equip the participants with tools to evaluate their co-op idea and/or to refine their model for those that are already in the process of incorporation. There is no cost to participate.

Place: City of Minneapolis Innovation center | Crown Roller Mill Building, 105 5th Ave S, #150 (map)

When: Every Thursday from May 11 to June 29, 2017, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Register by May 5, 2017.

More information. For questions, contact Daniel.Bonilla@minneapolismn.gov

Business Technical Assistance Program Requests Proposals

City of Minneapolis is seeking proposals from local non-profit organizations that provide business technical assistance to small businesses and microenterprises in Minneapolis. The total funding for the Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) in 2017 is $450,000. New in 2017, B-TAP is interested in adding business consultants with capacity to assist farmers market vendors, and those with capacity to assist new green businesses and/ or to add green practices into existing business. Proposal deadline is May 5, 2017.

More information. For questions, contact Daniel.Bonilla@minneapolismn.gov

Apply for a Minneapolis Parks Catering Permit

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) recently made it easier and more affordable for more small, local businesses to cater at park events. Learn more about the new process online at the MPRB Food Vendor page or check out the vendor application.

New Seasonal Food Permit for Food Vendors in Minneapolis

Are you a food vendor planning to participate in three or more events or farmers markets in Minneapolis from April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018? Consider applying for an annual Seasonal Food Permit instead of a Short Term Food Permit for each event. The Seasonal Food Permit is replacing several licenses. It can be used at both events and farmers markets. Beginning in 2017, the Seasonal Food Permit will be issued by the Minneapolis Health Department Environmental Health division. Formerly, licenses were issued by Business Licensing.

Grow North's Resource Navigator

Grow North is a resource and connection hub supporting the food and agriculture entrepreneur community. Their resource navigator is a tool that provides services to food and agriculture entrepreneurs in Minnesota through a generous grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF)More information.

Power of Produce (PoP) Club Toolkit Available for Markets

The (PoP) Club is a farmers market incentive program for children. Each week children receive a $2 token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. The intent of the program is engage children at farmers markets and empower them to make healthful food choices.

University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development is offering a FREE PoP Club Toolkit for farmers markets and partnering organizations in the U.S. The toolkit provides all the materials and resources needed to plan, implement, and evaluate a PoP Club program. To access the PoP Club Toolkit, complete the registration form.

Jobs and Opportunities

Neighborhood Roots- Assistant Market Manager:

Fulton, Kingfield, and Nokomis Farmers Markets

Applications accepted through April 13.

Four Sisters Farmers Market- Market Manager

Applications accepted through April 11.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Minnesota Grown Program- Agricultural Marketing Specialist

Once you click on the applications link, under the Keywords search box, type in the words "Minnesota Grown". Applications accepted through April 11.

Whittier Farmers Market - 2017 Vendor Call

Apply to be a vendor. For questions, contact whittierfarmersmarket@gmail.com

West Broadway Farmers Market - 2017 Vendor Call

Apply to be a vendor. For questions, contact manager@westbroadway.org

View additional information on the Homegrown Minneapolis website.

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