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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.

August 2018

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August 5th - 11th is Farmers Market Week in Minneapolis! 

The City of Minneapolis passed a resolution declaring August 5-11, 2018 to be Farmers Market Week in the City of Minneapolis. There are nearly 30 farmers markets operating around the City. August is a time of great abundance and activity at the markets. Visit the Farmers Markets of Minneapolis website for market schedules and locations. 


August Food Council Meeting

Wednesday, August 8th | 5:00 - 7:30 pm

5:00 - 5:30 pm Pre-meeting discussion with Sustainable Farming Association

5:30 - 7:30 pm Food Council meeting at Rainbow Chinese Restaurant

2739 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis (Please park on-street if driving.)

Meeting Agenda


Urban Food Systems Symposium

Wednesday, August 8th - Friday, August 11th

Graduate Minneapolis Hotel
615 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis 

Details & registration


Spark-Y Open House

Thursday, August 9th | 5:00 - 7:30 pm

Spark-Y: (New Location!)
Youth Action Labs, Casket Arts Building
681 17th Avenue Northeast, Suite 101, Minneapolis



13th Annual Minnesota Garlic Festival

Saturday, August 11th | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

McLeod County Fairgrounds
840 Century Avenue Southwest, Hutchinson

Details and volunteer sign-up


Urban Chicken Keeping Workshops

Tuesday, August 21st | 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Eastside Co-op
2551 Central Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis


Thursday, August 23rd | 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Wedge Table
2412 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis

This workshop is approved by Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. Attending one approved workshop is part of the required process to obtain a backyard chicken permit from the City of Minneapolis. Participants must pre-register for the workshop of their choice by contacting Wayne Martin at marti067@umn.edu, or at 612-625-6224.


MPRB Urban Agriculture Implementation Team Meeting and Discussion of Draft Community Garden Policy

Thursday, August 23rd | 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) headquarters
2117 West River Road, Minneapolis

Draft Community Garden Policy  More details 


7th Annual MPS Free Farm to School Community BBQ

Wednesday, September 12th | 4:30 - 7:00 pm

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Culinary Center
812 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis



Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule Trainings

Multiple dates & locations



Food | Ag | Ideas Week

Monday, October 8th - Friday, October 12th

Multiple locations in the Twin Cities

Grow North is thrilled to announce the launch of Food I Ag I Ideas Week - the Week will highlight and bring together diverse perspectives and communities to create a more visible and interconnected community for food and agriculture entrepreneurship and innovation. Panels, speakers, startup showcases and experiences will address industry-leading topics across sustainable agriculture, food innovation and tech, and food and society. Tickets are open and individual tickets will be available August 15th. 

Details and Registration

Resources and Opportunities

Hennepin County Green Partners Environmental Education Grant Program Now Accepting Proposals

Nonprofits, park districts, private and public schools, and school districts are eligible to apply for two types of environmental education grants: motivating behavior change and youth environmental stewardship. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the next information session on Thursday, August 16th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Avenue North, Minneapolis. 

More information and application - Apply by 4:00 pm on August 31st


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.

More information and application - Apply by August 31st


City of Minneapolis

Green Infrastructure Coordinator (Job ID #2018-00441) - Apply by August 12th


Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Data Practices Manager (Job ID# 25374) - Apply by August 13th

Project Consultant (Job ID# 25175) - Apply by August 17th

View additional information on the Homegrown Minneapolis website.

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