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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.

February 2018

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Minneapolis Garden Lease Program Invites Applications for 2018 until February 23 (deadline extended)

The City of Minneapolis invites applications for priority to lease available City-owned lots for community gardens and market gardens through February 23, 2018.  Information about available lots, application process and the request form are available at minneapolismn.gov/gardenlease. For questions or to renew an existing lease, contact Phil Binns at 612-673-5245 or philip.binns@minneapolismn.gov. After leases have been allocated through the current process, remaining lots will be available on a first come, first served basis.

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 for new or renewing gardens on City lots, with priority given to gardens on lots requiring raised beds. A separate application will be required to participate. Indicate interest through the Garden Request Form or by contacting philip.binns@minneapolismn.gov. Support for the Garden in a Box program is provided through the Minneapolis Health Department and State Health Improvement Partnership of the Minnesota Department of Health.


February Food Council Meeting

Wednesday, February 21 | 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. meeting

Eastside Food Co-op Community Room, 2551 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis

5:00 pm pre-meeting presentation about Eastside Food Co-op

Meeting Agenda

Resources & Opportunities

Good Food Access Program Grant for Technical Assistance Providers

Applications due by March 14

Compost Available for Community Gardens in Minneapolis

The City of Minneapolis provides community gardens in Minneapolis with low or no-cost compost. Qualifying community gardens may request one delivery of up to 10 cubic yards of compost. The amount of compost and the number of compost deliveries are limited, and not guaranteed. Compost and compost deliveries are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 29. Spring compost requests must be submitted by April 20.   2018 Request Form for Spring/Summer Compost.

Minnesota Food Charter Network Strategic Team Seeks Representatives

The Minnesota Food Charter Network Strategic Team oversees the vision and identifies future opportunities for advancing Minnesota Food Charter strategies. Learn more.
Apply to serve as a representative in the Strategic Team.

New Minneapolis Business Portal

Minneapolis Business Portal

Do You Work in Minneapolis & Earn $10/hr or Less? You May Qualify for a Paid U of M Research Study!

The University of Minnesota is evaluating the effects of the Minneapolis minimum wage increase on health. Participation includes height and weight measurements, surveys, and food receipt collection. Compensation is up to $70. Eligibility: 20-years old or older, speak English or Spanish, not a full-time student, work at least 20 hours a week at a wage of less than $10/hour, work at least one job in Minneapolis at $10 an hour or less, plan to continue working in Minneapolis in the next 5 years, and can verify hourly wage with a paystub or other document. Contact study staff to learn more: 612-624-7673 or wages@umn.edu

New Resources from Public Health Law Center

Minneapolis Food System Resources

Navigating Proposed Minnesota Food Code Revisions


Common Roots Cafe and Catering

General Manager and Event Manager

Mill City Farmers Market

Assistant Manager, Bookkeeper, Market Day Staff, Nutrition Intern

Minneapolis Farmers Market

Assistant Market Manager

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Consultant

Go to www.mn.gov/mmb/careers, then enter the Job ID 20301 in Keywords search box.

Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (host of Midtown Farmers Market)

Executive Director- Apply today by 5 pm, Monday, February 19

View additional information on the Homegrown Minneapolis website.

"Like" the Friends of Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council on Facebook!

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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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