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Homegrown Minneapolis is a citywide initiative 

expanding our community's ability to grow, process, 

distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, 

locally grown foods.

August 4, 2017

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farmers market week

Celebrate Farmers Market Week from August 6 - 12, 2017 in Minneapolis

August 6-12, 2017 is National Farmers Market week and Farmers Market Week in Minneapolis. Homegrown Minneapolis and the Farmers Markets of Minneapolis are collaborating to distribute free reusable market bags and At the Farmers Market children’s books at nearly all of the City's 26 farmers markets and mini-markets while supplies last. More than 10 farmers markets* will also offer a “Power of Produce” experience for children during this week in which kids ages 3-12 will have a chance to sample a seasonal fruit or vegetable to earn a $2 token for purchasing market produce.

Homegrown Minneapolis is also working with the Farmers Markets of Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota on a market research project throughout market season. Watch for customer “dot” surveys at the markets and share your input.

*For farmers market locations, schedules and event details, check out the Homegrown Minneapolis’ farmers market page and the Farmers Markets of Minneapolis Facebook Page.

Food Council Seeks Members for 2018-19 Term

Attention Minneapolis residents! Are you looking for a way to impact local food policy and food systems? The Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council is seeking members to be a part of this team that proposes and works on innovative solutions to improve the local food system.

The Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council is a City advisory group that works to support all Minneapolis residents and increase access to quality food, address hunger and food insecurity, connect sectors of the food system, influence policy and decision making, and ensure an environmentally sustainable and socially just food system. Fifteen (15) community members will be appointed by the Mayor and City Council. Members serve two-year terms. More information.

To learn more, visit the Food Council webpage or attend an upcoming Food Council meeting and info session:

- Wednesday, August 9 at Pillsbury United Communities | (125 West Broadway Ave)

- Wednesday, September 13 at Corcoran Neighborhood Organization | (3451 Cedar Ave S)

Info session from 5-5:30 pm; Food Council meeting from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

Apply today!


August Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council Meeting

Wednesday, August 9 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm meeting; 5:00 information session about the Food Council. 

Pillsbury United Communities Urban Institute, 125 West Broadway Ave, Suite 130, Minneapolis, MN 55411 (map)

Meeting Agenda

Metro Food Access Network Quarterly Meeting

Come together to learn, exchange ideas, and move to action at the next MFAN quarterly meeting with a focus on institutional racism in the food system. This meeting is open to everyone!  The meeting will be facilitated by Appetite for Change and The Food Group. 

Wednesday, August 16 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411 (map)

RSVP today!

Save the Date – Food Access Summit on October 25-27, 2017

The sixth annual Food Access Summit will be held October 25 - 27 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Please note that the conference begins with an opening plenary at 2:00pm on Wednesday, October 25 followed by breakout sessions and an evening reception. Discounted hotel rates available through their website.

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center | 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth, MN 55802 (map)

Registration for this event begins in mid-August. Please share this information with your partners, colleagues, and friends. For questions, contact Kris Igo at kigo@umn.edu


Tips and Tools to Prevent Food Waste

Tips to Prevent Wasted Food

Food waste is a big issue – 40 percent of food is wasted in the U.S. But people don’t often think they contribute to the food waste problem. With some simple strategies, we can all help cut back on food waste – it’s good for the both the wallet and the environment.

Tips to fight food waste.

Save the Earth! Choose to Reuse. Coupon books Available for Use Through October 31.

The choices you make can help protect the environment and the local economy. Choose to Reuse coupons will help you get great deals on quality products while supporting local businesses and protecting the environment. Coupons are valid August 1 through October 31 at more than 50 local retailers that rent, repair, resell, consign and exchange used goods.

You have several options to get Choose to Reuse coupons:

·         Download the Chinook Book App (Google Play or iTunes). Choose to Reuse coupons will load right onto your smartphone!

·         Order the print version of the Choose to Reuse coupon book

·         Pick one up at participating retail locations, Hennepin County Service Centers, Hennepin County libraries and all Three Rivers Park District locations.

For more information about getting Choose to Reuse coupons, visit www.hennepin.us/choosetoreuse or call 612-348-3777.

Clean City Classroom Resources

The City of Minneapolis Division of Solid Waste & Recycling has a new initiative called Clean City Classroom with a goal of empowering the next generation of community leaders to keep our City clean and safe. In order to provide educators with the means to empower students, the City will provide Keep America Beautiful’s Waste in Place activity kits to interested educators.

Keep America Beautiful’s Waste in Place activity kits teach the fundamentals of litter prevention, waste prevention, recycling, composting, wastetoenergy, and landfills. By understanding what happens to our waste and how to prevent waste in the first place, students can build environmental knowledge, foster stewardship and take pride in keeping their community clean.

To learn more, contact the City of Minneapolis Clean City Coordinator at 612-673-2789 or visit https://www.kab.org/.


Extension Educator- Food/Farm Safety (Horticultural Systems)

View additional information on the Homegrown Minneapolis website.

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Homegrown Minneapolis brings together key partners from local government, area businesses, community organizations,

non-profits, and residents to build a healthy, local food system.




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