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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.

April 2018

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Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Seeks Input on Draft Community Garden Policy

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking community input on its draft Community Garden Policy, developed with input from the Urban Agriculture Activity Plan Implementation Team, community members, and MPRB staff. The draft outlines rules, requirements and processes for community gardening at neighborhood parks in Minneapolis. Submit your comment before the deadline and stay informed on this project by subscribing to email updates.

Minneapolis Seeks Input on Draft Neighborhoods 2020 Roadmap

Neighborhoods 2020 works in collaboration with the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission, community partners, neighborhood organizations, City leaders and other stakeholders to determine policy recommendations for the future role of neighborhood organizations. View the current draft 2020 Roadmap and submit your comments via email to NCR@minneapolismn.gov by Monday, April 30, 2018.

Minneapolis Seeks Input on Draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan

The plan, called Minneapolis 2040, is a draft framework of interdependent policies, topics, action steps, and maps intended to drive a citywide conversation about how Minneapolis will grow and change over the next two decades so all residents benefit. Explore Minneapolis 2040 and submit your comment by July 22nd, 2018. Additionally, sign up to receive email updates to learn about specific opportunities to engage.


Save the Date: Homegrown Minneapolis Food Policy Forum

Join the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council to discuss local food system priorities

Wednesday, May 23rd | 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
4:30-5:30 pm registration and light refreshments; 5:30-8:00 pm program

Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway Ave, Minneapolis


April Food Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 11th | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

5:00 pm pre-meeting presentation about Youth Farm from Zainab Youngmark

Moon Palace Books

3032 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

Meeting Agenda


MPS Junior Iron Chef Competition

Tuesday, May 8th | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Solar Arts by Chowgirls, 711 NE 15th Avenue, Minneapolis 

Event details

Minneapolis Public Schools students in 6th-8th grade should apply to participate by Friday, April 14th by filling out this form.


Seward Co-op Community Supported Agriculture Fair

Saturday, April 21st | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Seward Co-op Creamery Café

2601 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis

Event details

Resources and Opportunities

Farmers Markets Nutrition Program (FMNP) Vendor Training (Hmong & English)

Wednesday, April 4th | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON)

1007 Broadway Avenue North, Minneapolis

Register here


Farmers Markets Nutrition Program (FMNP) Vendor Training (Spanish & English)

Thursday, April 12th | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI)

1414 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis

Register here


New East Isles Farmers Market Seeking Vendors

The East Isles Farmers Market, in collaboration with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, is seeking local produce growers, poultry, egg, fish, and meat vendors, as well as artisan food makers. The market will be held on Thursday evenings from 4-8 pm beginning June 28th and running through September 27th. Apply today or contact info@eastisles.org for more information. 

Compost for Community Gardens

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-serve 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 by filling out the 2018 Request Form for Spring/Summer Compost.


Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council Grants

MAELC Common Fund Grant

Encourages mutual, joint, cooperative, and collaborative initiatives that have an emphasis on agricultural education. - Apply by April 15th

MAELC Strategic Initiatives Grant

Promotes agricultural, food, and natural resource literacy initiatives across Minnesota in both formal and non-formal educational settings. - Apply by April 15th

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Grants

Good Food Access Program (GFAP) Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant

The Good Food Access Program (GFAP) supports grocery stores and small food retailers in increasing the availability of and access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally-appropriate food for underserved communities. - Apply by April 19th

Urban Agriculture Grant

Supports and encourages urban youth agricultural education and urban agriculture community development. - Apply by April 19th


Volunteers Needed for MPS True Food Taste Tests

Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary & Wellness Services is holding their last round of True Food Taste Tests for this year on May 9-11th. They are seeking volunteers to help prepare the samples, distribute them to students & generate excitement for trying new foods.

Email Emily to sign up!


East Isles Farmers Market

Farmers Market Manager - Apply by March 31st

Northeast Farmers Market

Market Assistants

University of Minnesota & Farmers Markets of MPLS

Seasonal Farmers Market Metrics Team Members


City of Minneapolis

Manager, Sustainability - Apply by April 10th


Frogtown Farm

Executive Director - Apply by April 16th

Whittier Farmers' Market

Public Health/EBT Internship

View additional information on the Homegrown Minneapolis website.

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