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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.

January 9, 2018

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Happy New Year from Homegrown Minneapolis! We welcome a new Food Council cohort in 2018 and many opportunities to engage in supporting the local food system. Guests are welcome at Food Council meetings and have opportunities to participate in working groups and task forces to address priority food policy issues. Cheers!


Minneapolis Garden Lease Program Invites Applications for 2018

The City of Minneapolis invites applications to lease available vacant City-owned lots for community gardens and market gardens through February 9, 2018.

The Garden Lease Program Map shows which lots are currently available and leased. The garden lease process provides information on the application process and what you will need to complete for each phase of the process. If you are interested in applying for a new lot, please complete and submit a garden request form. For questions or to renew an existing lease, contact Phil Binns at philip.binns@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-5245.

New in 2018, the City is partnering with the Minnesota State Horticultural Society's Garden in a Box program to offer a limited supply of vegetable garden kits, with priority given to gardens on lots requiring raised beds. Support for the Garden in a Box opportunity is provided through the Minneapolis Health Department and State Health Improvement Partnership of the Minnesota Department of Health. A separate application will be required to participate. The City of Minneapolis offers free and reduced price compost through an additional application, while supply lasts. The 2018 compost application will be available on February 1 and is due by April 20 for spring compost deliveries. More information on compost program.


January Food Council Meeting

Wednesday, January 10 | 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. meeting, 5:00 pm refreshments and check-in

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Board Room, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis

Meeting Agenda

Winter Farmers Markets in Minneapolis

Many markets operate throughout the winter, showcasing a variety of locally produced foods.

View schedules and locations

A Place At The Table; Growing Food, Jobs, Hope on the Urban Frontier

An evening with farmer, author, photographer, and local food advocate Michael Ableman 

Saturday, January 13 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. dinner and discussion

Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center 
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska

Appetizers, dinner, wine, a presentation of Michael’s recent TED talk, and audience discussion with Michael and LaDonna Redmond, Arboretum community liaison, Seward Co-op Diversity and Community Engagement Manager, and food justice activist. Learn how urban agriculture can be scaled to production levels, increase community resilience and support concrete social goals. The evening will begin with a local wine tasting and nibble, then move into a vegan, slow food meal provided by Lakewinds Food Co-op. $70 per person. 

More information. Purchase tickets

2018 Community Connections Conference

Saturday, February 10 | 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis

Organized by the City of Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations Department, the conference is free with speakers, exhibitors and learning labs, featuring topics ranging from immigration to tenant rightsThe conference will also feature a Minneapolis neighborhood showcase and delicious food from American Indian, African American and Southeast Asian caterers. Anyone is welcome to register and join nonprofits, elected leaders and community organizations to learn about civic engagement opportunities, community partnerships, social justice initiatives and ways to shape local government policies. More information

Registration is now open!

Resources and Opportunities

Minneapolis Resilience Survey

Minneapolis is working to better prepare the city for today’s big challenges by developing a resilience strategyMinneapolis is doing this work as a member of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), a global network of 100 Cities launched by the Rockefeller Foundation to help cities build their resilience to the shocks and stresses of the 21st century. Part of developing the strategy involves understanding the challenges Minneapolis faces, both as shocks and ongoing stresses. Residents are encouraged to weigh in by taking a new survey.

The survey is part of the first stage of developing the resilience strategy. This scan will give staff and community members a better understanding of the City’s current state of resilience. The results of the survey and other research will help frame the focus of the next phase of strategy development, which will happen in 2018.

The survey is available online through Jan. 19, 2018 in four languages.

Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan Updates

Check out the Minneapolis 2040 website and sign up to receive updates and provide feedback on the draft Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The draft plan will be available this spring.


The Good Acre 

Administrative Assistant (part-time)

Midtown Farmers Market

Assistant Manager (part-time)

City of Minneapolis

Community Planning and Economic Development Department

Senior Project Coordinator, Business Development

Health Department

Health Inspector II

View additional information on the Homegrown Minneapolis website.

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