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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.

May 2018

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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. Planning staff will attend the Food Council meeting on June 20th to discuss recommended food systems-related policies and actions in the draft plan.

James Beard Awards recognize Minneapolis authors for The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen Cookbook 

Sean Sherman and Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council member Beth Dooley were awarded a James Beard Award last weekend for Best American Cookbook for The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen.  


Homegrown Minneapolis Food Policy Forum

Wednesday, May 23rd | 4:30 - 8:00 pm

4:30 - 5:30 pm Registration, reception and light bites from Minneapolis Public School Catering and Breaking Bread Café.

5:30 - 8:00 pm  Dynamic program will include welcome remarks from Mayor Frey, Homegrown Highlights, performances by the Appetite for Change youth including their viral song "Grow Food" and panel discussions about food system priorities with community representatives, City of Minneapolis policymakers and staff, and the Public Health Law Center. 

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

Event details & RSVP

May Food Council Meeting

Wednesday, May 9th | 6:00 - 7:30 pm

5:00 - 6:00 pm Group dinner preparation at Kindred Kitchen

6:00 - 7:30 pm Meeting at Breaking Bread Café
1210 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

Meeting Agenda 

Minneapolis Public Schools Junior Iron Chef Competition

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

Solar Arts by Chowgirls
711 NE 15th Avenue, Minneapolis

Event details

Urban Food Systems Symposium

Wednesday, August 8 - Friday, August 10, 2018
The Graduate Hotel, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

The symposium's goal is to bring together a national and international audience of academic and research-oriented professionals to share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and the role they play in global food security. This symposium includes knowledge on: urban agricultural production, local food systems distribution, urban farmer education, urban ag policy, planning and development, food access and justice, and food sovereignty.

Learn more and register here.

Resources and Opportunities

Seeking Home Gardeners to Participate in a Garden Productivity Assessment Project

This project seeks to assess the potential of small garden plots and backyard gardens to provide households with fresh, healthy food. University of Minnesota Extension, in cooperation with Hennepin County Master Gardeners, is seeking twenty experienced gardeners to weigh and record the yields of five food crops they grow the most. If you would like more information or are interested in participating, please email Karl Hakanson or call him at 612-624-7948.

Free Plants for Pollinators

The City is asking Minneapolis residents to survey the pollinator habitat in their own yards. People who answer ten questions in the pollinator points survey, available May 14-18, can win free plants and seeds. The first 190 people to complete the survey between May 14-18 will get vouchers in the mail to pick up five free native, pesticide-free perennial plants June 22-24.
Others can claim wildflower seed bundles and pollinator push gardens (containers that hold wildflower seeds and nutrient-rich growing material). Learn more about keeping bees and supporting pollinators.  


Shared Ground Farmers Co-op

Communications Coordinator

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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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