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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.

July 2018

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Update to Mobile Food Store Ordinance Will Increase Food Access

The Minneapolis City Council approved an update to the Mobile Food Store ordinance (Title 13, Chapter 295 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances) to allow for mobile food stores to park on public streets in addition to private lots. This change will expand the locations where mobile food stores are allowed to park, helping to raise the visibility and accessibility of these food outlets for Minneapolis residents. There are currently two mobile food stores licensed in the City of Minneapolis, focused on improving food access for neighborhoods experiencing barriers.

Comment Period for Draft Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan Open Until July 22nd

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 comments by July 22nd, 2018. Additionally, sign up to receive email updates to learn about specific opportunities to engage. 


July Food Council Meeting

Wednesday, July 11th | 5:00 - 7:30 pm

5:00 - 5:30 pm Pre-meeting presentation from FOOD BUILDING

5:30 - 7:00 pm Food Council meeting at FOOD BUILDING

1401 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis

Meeting Agenda


Eat Local Co-op Farm Tour

Saturday, July 14th | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


MPRB Cannin' & Jammin' Camp 

Half Day Sessions

Monday, August 13th - Friday, August 17th | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Full Day Sessions

Monday, August 20th - Friday, August 24th | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Theodore Wirth Regional Park

Camp Details & Registration


University of Minnesota Ag, Food, Business Career Fair 

Wednesday, September 26th | 1:00 - 4:30 pm

St. Paul Student Center
University of Minnesota
2017 Buford Avenue St. Paul

Employers interested in tabling should register through GoldPASS.

Resources and Opportunities


FINNOVATION Lab, a social business incubator and accelerator, is launching the FINNOVATION Fellowship Program for early-stage social entrepreneurs seeking incubation, $50,000 in funding, and mentorship to build and launch their enterprises.

Program details and how to apply  (Due by midnight on Sunday, July 15th)

Fall 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. Fall compost deliveries begin October 2nd and end November 1st. Fall compost requests must be submitted by September 22nd by filling out the 2018 Request Form for Fall Compost.

SuperShelf accepting applications from Food Shelves

Participation in SuperShelf means... 

  • Dedication to transforming your food shelf with the support of SuperShelf consultants. 
  • Modify procurement practices
  • Meet guidelines for stocking standards
  • Change layout, flow, and food categories to emphasize healthy food
  • Enhance the physical space with paint, shelving, signage, and small-scale facility improvements
  • $4,000-$6,000 for your food shelf to support the transformation and evaluation.
  • Allowing University researchers to collect data to evaluate SuperShelf. This includes collecting data with food shelves and clients to evaluate health impact.

For more details and the application, visit SuperShelf at: https://www.supershelfmn.org/apply
Applications are due by August 31st.

View additional information on the Homegrown Minneapolis website.

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

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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