Homegrown Minneapolis is a citywide initiative
expanding our community's ability to grow, process,
distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable,
locally grown foods.
April 7, 2017
Farmers Markets of Minneapolis Opening for 2017 Season; Schedules and Locations Now Available
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.
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
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
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)
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.
are due by April 19. For questions, contact
Alauna Yust at email@example.com or 651-201-6629. More
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, &
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.
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
When: Every Thursday from May 11 to
June 29, 2017, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
by May 5, 2017.
More information. For questions, contact
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
West Broadway Farmers Market - 2017 Vendor Call
Apply to be a vendor. For questions, contact email@example.com